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The allure of the Cuban cigar is so great that President John F. Kennedy had his press secretary buy him 1,200 just before enacting the Cuban embargo in 1962.

Figure 1: Cuban Cigars

After this week’s thaw, you will be able to legally bring back from Havana maybe a dozen — up to $100 worth — of high-end native cigars for personal use.

But it may be a case of too little, too late, for many cigar chompers.

In the view of some experts, the appeal of Cuban cigar tobacco has been overtaken in recent years by stogies from Nicaragua, as well as the Dominican Republic and Honduras, many made by Cuban exiles.

Figure 2: Cuban Cigars

In fact, the best cigar of 2014, revealed on Thursday by Cigar Aficionado magazine, is Nicaraguan, the Oliva Serie V Melanio Figurado.

Some speculate that losing the “forbidden fruit” luster may tamp down the appeal of Cuban cigars further.

But much of that hard-to-get attraction will remain: Legalizing the sale of Cuban cigars on American soil outright is still a ways off.

Figure 3: Cuban Cigars

News Source: The New York Times


Date: DEC. 19, 2014

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