Guinness Record of cigar-rolling renewed in Havana, for Fidel Castro’s 90th birthday
Famous Cuban cigar roller, Jose Castelar, on August 12 finished off his quest to break his own Guinness Record and rolled a 90-meter-long cigar.
This was a dedication to former president Fidel Castro on the eve of his 90th birthday.
(Soundbite) Jose Castelar, Cuban Cigar Roller
“Tomorrow is the 90th birthday of our beloved Commander in Chief and we wanted to dedicate this feat to our commander on behalf of tourism workers. The 90-meter-long cigar is a present to our Commander in Chief.”
The length of the giant cigar was a very well-kept secret until the day, as Castelar never told reporters his determination to reach 90 meters in order to honor Castro on his birthday.
To make the giant cigar, Castelar used about 80 kilograms of dry tobacco leaves from Pinar del Rio, west of Havana, where the famous aromatic plant is cultivated.
His previous Guinness Record, with a cigar of 81.8 meters long, was established in 2011.