Photo: Leticia Leon Schrader Sparky Cigars in Havana Overlooking Morro Castle — Historic Fort built in 1580. 

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Schrader Sparky Cigars in Havana Overlooking Morro Castle — Historic Fort built in 1580. 

Herky and I had finally signed off on the final size and blend.  We waited for the package to be finished and when it arrived, we fired ‘em up immediately. As we drew on the cigars we realized our three years of effort was worth the time and trouble spent. Herky proclaimed them to be “rock star” and fired up another.

                                                                                             Photo: R Cool * Sparky cigar from Santiago Drive, shown with the early history of Hispañiola.

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Sparky cigar from Santiago Drive, shown with the early history of Hispañiola.

I then had a bit of an inspiration. Why not take a bundle of Schrader Sparky cigars to Cuba with me on my cultural exchange and try them there against the legendary island’s finest? Cuban cigars are some of my favorites, so this would be fun and, of course, very hard work that was helped along with some glasses of Havana Club Maximo XO Rum.

I arrived on the island and immediately went to my favorite cigar lounge and shop, the Conde Cigar Shop in Old Havana, where I decided to buy cigars that I thought would be comparable to the newly minted Sparky cigar.

                                                                                       Photo: Leticia Leon Sparky fired up overlooking Morro Castle.

                                                                                       Photo: Leticia Leon

Sparky fired up overlooking Morro Castle.

                                                                                       Photo: Leticia Leon Even the Cuban chauffeur, Alejandro Ferrer Laguna proudly driving Fidel Castro's old 1984 Russian zil limousine enjoys the Schrader Sparky Cigar.

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Even the Cuban chauffeur, Alejandro Ferrer Laguna proudly driving Fidel Castro's old 1984 Russian zil limousine enjoys the Schrader Sparky Cigar.

For years, my go to Cuban cigar has been the Partagas Series D #4. The Schrader Sparky cigar contains similar characteristics to the Partagas with a little more depth and complexity and a smoother draw due to the unique shape of the cigar.

 

While in Havana, I visited a lot of places and shared cigars with many professionals. One particular instance was with a man and woman whom both finished their entire Sparky cigars, a very good sign. They commented on the blend and I was pleased to hear them praise the shape and construction stating that the Schrader Sparky cigar could only have been made by the most experienced roller as the shape is extremely difficult to make.

We are extremely proud of our effort and hope that these will give you great pleasure to enjoy and share with friends.

—Fred “Sparky” Schrader

PS. Don’t forget the rum when puffing!

                                                                                                   Photo: CCS Look at that Ash!

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Look at that Ash!