Mooneyac

Going to Cuba in November, Question about Monsdales

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Hi Guys, First post on here...

My wife and I will be in Varadero in November, its our first trip back since 2011 !

We are planing to travel to Havana and hopefully head to LCDH and visit Jorge Lopez to get a few bundles of Monsdale.

I meet Jorge in 2011 when Alejandro Trelles took us on a tour of Havana and I came back with many Monsdale. Does anyone know Alejandro and would have an recent email address for him ?

Does anyone has recent information about Jorge Lopez situation and location, from what I could find from some internet research, he is still at the same LCDH, old Biltmore yacht club but I would like to verify this.

Second question is whether I have to get in contact with Jorge and have him put the Monsdale bundles aside  before I arrive.

Thanks for any information you can give me.

Claude.

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Hi Claude.  Glad you've joined us.  I was in Havana about a month ago and stopped by Club Havana but Jorge wasn't there.  Someone here posted he was out of the country for a while.  I believe you'll find a post about it here on this Cuban travel forum from about three weeks ago.

 

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Hi Guys, First post on here...
My wife and I will be in Varadero in November, its our first trip back since 2011 !
We are planing to travel to Havana and hopefully head to LCDH and visit Jorge Lopez to get a few bundles of Monsdale.
I meet Jorge in 2011 when Alejandro Trelles took us on a tour of Havana and I came back with many Monsdale. Does anyone know Alejandro and would have an recent email address for him ?
Does anyone has recent information about Jorge Lopez situation and location, from what I could find from some internet research, he is still at the same LCDH, old Biltmore yacht club but I would like to verify this.
Second question is whether I have to get in contact with Jorge and have him put the Monsdale bundles aside  before I arrive.
Thanks for any information you can give me.
Claude.


Wow I haven’t heard someone mention Trelles in a while. You can get his information from Leo the manager at Club Havana. Call over there. Jorge is gone and not coming back anytime soon as far as I know. The Monsdales you experienced from your last time are relics. Boy were they good!


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That restaurant looks a bit like El Palenque, I can't be sure though, I haven't been there in years. Did they have Barbeque pork on the menu?

The roller in the earlier picture is "Santos" or Crisantos, he used to roll in the Comodoro Hotel, He hasn't been there in about 5 years. A younger roller, Alex Glez, has taken over rolling duty there.

Don't bother with El Palenque. Try La Foresta right beside it. It's better and will show you something of what has happened to food and restaurants in Havana since you were there last.

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Great, thanks for the information. Yes, I remember the barbecued pork was very good but I am opened for trying new places.

Do you what Alex Glez likes to roll ? As I said on my first post, I would like to get some lonsdale style and the monsdale were such a nice blend, awesome taste and great smell, ummm they were good......

I am also looking for suggestions if the Monsdales are no longer available, roller and location would be great, thanks.

 

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48 minutes ago, Mooneyac said:

Great, thanks for the information. Yes, I remember the barbecued pork was very good but I am opened for trying new places.

Do you what Alex Glez likes to roll ? As I said on my first post, I would like to get some lonsdale style and the monsdale were such a nice blend, awesome taste and great smell, ummm they were good......

I am also looking for suggestions if the Monsdales are no longer available, roller and location would be great, thanks.

 

Alex rolls all kinds of stuff.  He does have a Lonsdale called La Puntilla. It's FOH's "unofficial" custom roll.  If you can contact him ahead of time he can probably arrange a bundle or two.  Here is a somewhat dated list of rollers and locations. If anyone has any updates, I can edit the list.  I maintain it on Reddit's /r/cubancigars group.  As for restaurants.  I'd add multiple visits to Al Ajibe (for roast chicken and then clay pot chicken).  La Terraza grill.  And a Cubano sandwich at the Hotel Nacional late at night when you need something after smoking 5 cigars.  :)  Enjoy your trip.

 

Roller Address Notes
Alejandro Gonzalez Arias Hotel Comodoro Cigar Shop at 3ra Ave. & Calle 84, Playa Replaced Santos. Word is good on his sticks.
Leopoldina Gutierrez aka 'La China' Partagas LCDH at Calle Industria #520, Centro Habana Great personality, excellent roller. Get whatever you can. She can't roll as much as she used to.
Yolanda Medina Hotel Melia Habana LCDH at 3ra Ave. between Calle 76 & 80, Playa Classy lady. Piramides are her signature roll. Blends are on the sweet side.
Maria Quinta y 16 LCDH at 5ta Ave. and Calle 16, Miramar Unknown to me.
Jorge Lopez Club Havana LCDH at 5ta Ave. between Calle 188-192, Playa Worth the visit for his Monsdales alone. His new Robusto Largo is also a winner.
Reynaldo Gonzalez & Jorge Conde de Villanueva LCDH at Mercaderes #202 corner of Lamparilla, Habana Vieja Another master roller. Known for rolling monster sized cigars. Full bodied blends.
Juanita Ramos Guerra Hotel Melia Cohiba LCDH, at Paseo Ave. between Calle 1 & 3, Vedado Ask about her Elefantes. Short, chubby cigars, packed with flavour.
Milagro Morales Hotel Nacional LCDH at Calle 21 & O, Vedado Unknown to me, but a stop here is a must.
Arnaldo Alfonso Ibanez Hotel Palco LCDH at 146 Ave. between Calle 11 & 13, Playa Great old guy. Can do it all. I like his shaggy foot Lanceros myself.
Cueto El Morro Castle. La Habana del Este, Havana, Cuba Roller of the world's longest cigar (268.4 ft Guinness record).

Credits:

* List: Matteo Speranza for Cigar Inspector Full Article Link

* Notes:My own.

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5 hours ago, oliverdst said:

@nino do you know if Juanita moved to that another hotel close to Melia Cohiba? I think you mentioned something about that months ago. Or she was there just for the initial weeks?

If Juanita is not at the Melia Cohiba then she's rolling across the street at the Riviera Hotel @oliverdst

I can confirm that Jorge is no longer in Cuba - guess Maricela will be rolling Monsdales from now on...

And good ol' Trelles can be found having a Cafecito at Club Habana most days.

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I was fortunate to meet Jorge in 2012 and get a few bundles that were a delight to smoke and from earlier post to my question, it appears that the Monsdales were still available up until a few months ago, I am hoping that Jorge has shared the knowledge of the tobacco and blend with Maricela, so maybe I am dreaming...

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On 7/10/2018 at 7:44 PM, Ryan said:

That restaurant looks a bit like El Palenque, I can't be sure though, I haven't been there in years. Did they have Barbeque pork on the menu?

The roller in the earlier picture is "Santos" or Crisantos, he used to roll in the Comodoro Hotel, He hasn't been there in about 5 years. A younger roller, Alex Glez, has taken over rolling duty there.

Don't bother with El Palenque. Try La Foresta right beside it. It's better and will show you something of what has happened to food and restaurants in Havana since you were there last.

Looks like El Aljibe to me?

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I stopped in the Club Havana shop this past Wednesday, and this is the roller who took Jorge's place. He has worked in the El Laguito factory, and his name is Amaury. He doesn't speak much English, but the woman who was waiting on me said he is still rolling Monsdale's with the original blend. I purchased a bundle, and they look amazing!

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