We toured the large factory today and i would say it was definately worthwhile. It is quite amazing how much effort goes into a single handrolled premium cigar. The highlight was watching a master roller elegantly and efficiently wrap cigars for demonstration. The factory is much larger than you would expect with many more employees. Fascinating!
Logistically much is left to desire, as we had to take a taxi from Dreams La Romana to the La Matilde factory and then ride (in our same taxi) with the tour operator to the large factory, have our taxi wait for us during the tour, and then back to the small factory to drop the guide off. We also spent some time waiting for a factory rep/ chaperone which i don't see as necessary because our guide was clearly well versed in the rules and regulations of the factory.
Costs: $40+tip roundtrip taxi from Dreams
Cigars are not cheaper at this retail location.
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