Having missed Anibal Delgado Gonzalez at The Bear Shop in July, and finding out there would be another roller visiting in September, I was determined to make it this time. I was a little apprehensive as I’d not been to see a roller before and was intending to ask for something special to be rolled, and I was pretty excited too. I took the afternoon off work and popped over to see what it was all about. This particular roller was Hamlet Paredes, who is a pretty skilled and experienced roller by all accounts.
He was huddled in the corner in front of the humidor at The Bear Shop busily rolling robustos. I’d heard his salomones were amazing but unfortunately he didn’t have any wrapper leaf long enough to make me any. He was quite happy for me to record some video of him rolling. Señor Paredes makes it look so effortless, but he did say he’d been rolling for over fifteen years!
The tobacco being used here is at least four years old and it smelt delicious. Here is the finished cigar that he was rolling in the video above
and my haul…
Complete with labels that you may have heard Mrs. Higgins requesting in the video.