Tobacco Asia

Volume 20, Number 3

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tobaccoasia 25 (Photo: PuroSabor) (Photo: Cigar Ambassador) Puro-Sabor-Welcome Night the event concluded with the closing gala where attendees and personalities of the industry danced the night away. The sixth Annual Puro Sabor is scheduled for 16-21 January 2017. China's Cigar Festival: the most unusual Since its inception in 2012, the China Cigar Festival has been a gathering for the international cigar industries. With all eyes on China, the festival is growing in attendance and gaining international sig- nificance. The first two editions (2012 and 2013) were 'itinerant' festivals, with vis- its of the Hainan tobacco plantations and the "cigar town" as well as dinners on the Great Wall. The most recent two editions have been held in Shanghai over a few days with seminars, dinners, conferences, and tasting as well as events such as cigar and rum pairing, whisky tasting, lighting cigar with cedar wood, and the longest ash competition. With all major players eyeing China, this festival is an interesting one, with a good mix of international producers and distributors as well as the major ac- tors of the cigar business in China. It is also an excellent opportunity to sample some of the Chinese cigars brands made in the four cigar factories of CT Sichuan, CT Hubei, CT Anhui, and CT Shandong, which have gone through many improve- ments in the last few years. The next edition of China Cigar Fes- tival has not been announced yet; watch this space for more details. Why wait longer? These attractive cigar festivals are an enticing opportunity to leave your vintage leather club chair in an air-conditioned cigar lounge and get a feeling of what it really means to be be- hind the scenes! China Cigar Festival 2013 - The Big Smoke on the Great Wall

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