HAVANA – Cuban cigar maker Jose Castelar completed on Friday the world’s largest cigar, a stogie 90 meters (295 ft.) long, to commemorate the 90th birthday of Fidel Castro.
The feat earned Castelar, known as “Cueto,” his sixth Guinness record, as certified by a diplomat from the British Embassy in Havana.
“I was working on it 10 days, about 12 hours a day. At the end, the cigar was a little more than 90 meters, but we trimmed it to celebrate the 90th birthday of our beloved Comandante,” Cueto told reporters.
“The best tobacco in the world is Cuban and I think the largest cigar should also be in Cuba to honor that quality,” Cueto said.
The 72-year-old craftsman used more than 80 kilos (176 lbs.) of tobacco to make the cigar for Castro’s 90th birthday on Saturday.
Cueto’s first Guinness record dates from 2001, when he made a cigar 11.4 meters long.