The Cuban cigar is now that hot chick who walks into a cigar lounge… everyone wants a piece.
Here is what I can tell you from experience about Cuban cigars and hot chicks, there are some lousy ones and there are some great ones.
You will be better off judging each one on a case by case basis.
Why does this even matter today?
This is the topic at hand because the cigar community and it’s peripheral fans are buzzing about the easing of the US / Cuba trade embargo.
The revised policy now allows the purchase of, “$400 of general goods and up to $100 of alcohol and tobacco products that can include cigars.”
There goes the black-market for Cuban goods in America!
While exciting news for us Americans, having Cuban cigars readily available has been the norm in the rest of the world.
If you’re selecting a cigar at the Crystal Bar in Monte Carlo, then you’d judge your cigar choice on its merit, not its origin.
Origin may play a component in your decision, but I’d imagine if you had the choice between an inferior Cuban cigar versus a superior Dominican cigar, you’d go with the latter.
Now if all things were equal, then the legend of Cuba’s rich cigar history may be the tipping point.
What does this mean for the Cuban cigar famine in the U.S.?
With the new policy shift, American’s far and wide will be feasting on Cuban cigars, while newbies will enter the cigar culture just to get a piece of the action.
I’m all for it though, the more people the merrier. It’s good for the industry to sell more cigars and I may not have to pay so much for my regular box of Cohiba Lanceros from Cuba.
After some time has passed however, the reality will settle in for the majority of novice Cuban cigar smokers; not all Cuban cigars are great.
The good ones are excellent, but the bad ones are just as bad as any other. So before you go out and pay top dollar for a box of Cuban cigars, make sure they are good.
If you can’t find anything online about them, start with buying a stick and see if you like them. If you do, then commit to a box. Otherwise, stick to what you have enjoyed thus far… a good cigar is a special thing so stay loyal to the one that’s been good to you all these years!
Same goes for hot chicks!