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Finally got a new humidor that I can use to transport today’s selections out to the patio.     Today’s choice 

Ramon Allones Specially Selected  

I'm surprised someone hasn't posted about lighting up the bong tonight. This would be the day for it.   Pardon me if the bong is not still in fashion. I haven't kept up with these things. 

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they're producing superior cigars, but they don't have the production capacity to handle the US market, is my understanding.  Opening the US to Cuban cigars could be really damaging to cuban quality.

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I would say "different" - not superior. the issue is that Cuban cigars require aging to settle down - so the mark of a really good supplier is how many years of stock they have on hand (which is why Asia is an amazing place to buy). If the market opened today, I would still buy overseas to get the older stuff. I would expect the quality to go down or the prices to get insane. In either case, there are alternatives from other countries, or stockpile like Kennedy :)

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On 9/6/2016 at 4:06 PM, swt61 said:

So quick question...Does open trade with Cuba still hold interest for cigar aficionados? Are they still producing a superior cigar?

 

The biggest thing about Cuban cigars is that the soil and climate of Cuba are ideal for the kinds of tobacco plants that are ideal for cigars.  I've sampled many Cuban cigars from many different years of production.  The oldest was pre-embargo (and not from "pre-embargo seeds," as is often meant by that term), and the newest was about 10 years old, but most were rolled in the 90s.  Construction quality varies, and construction quality is a very important component of how a cigar smokes, but the tobacco quality was pretty uniformly excellent.  Like Dan, I'm worried that quality will go down once they start trying to satisfy the US market, but I'm somewhat optimistic. 

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Damn. 

This thread has reminded me how much I like a fine, but occasional cigar.  I've bought a few over the years to enjoy with my son when he visits, from here  https://www.havanahouse.co.uk/havana-house-oxford/ .  This Christmas they are spending with us, so I'll buy a good selection later in the Autumn to enjoy with my lad (in the garden shed, accompanied by fine whiskey).

We had some totally miserable ones in February in Dublin from an outfit that knew diddly squat about anything to do with storing cigars.  Acrid horrible monstrosities, which should have been spectacular had they been stored and treated correctly.

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2 minutes ago, Craig Sawyers said:

We had some totally miserable ones in February in Dublin from an outfit that knew diddly squat about anything to do with storing cigars.  Acrid horrible monstrosities, which should have been spectacular had they been stored and treated correctly.

Ugh, that's the worst possible thing to happen with cigars!  I'd much rather have a well stored mediocre cigar than a poorly stored great one.  it's not even that hard, it just takes a little bit of effort and caring.

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