The legendary Cuban cigar figure, Alejandro Robaina, one of the finest and most recognizable cigar producers to have ever lived, died this Saturday aged 91. Robaina was diagnosed with cancer last year and his health declined rapidly in the days leading up to his death. He was the only Cuban cigar grower to have a brand created and named in his honour – Vegas Robaina Cigars. He started working on his family’s plantation when he was 10, a year after he smoked his first cigar, and by the time Fidel Castro came to power he was running the farm. Castro asked him to join a co-operative but he rejected the call, instead remaining an independent grower. – From Luxury Insider
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