Gents, have you been trying to figure out what the normalization of relations with Cuba might mean for you personally? Maybe not. But you should. Politics aside, this means that Cuban cigars are about to become much easier to get your hands on. What’s the deal with the embargo? And, if/when you can buy Cuban cigars legally, which should you choose?
$100 Limit on Cigars
The trade embargo with Cuba is still on, so do not expect to see Cuban cigars lining your favorite smoke shop any time soon. Don’t try to buy them in Canada and bring them in either; that’s still a great way to get into trouble at the border.
But there’s a silver lining.
- Travelers to Cuba can bring back $100 of cigars.
- Relations are normalizing with Cuba and the embargo could be over soon.
Even if you’re not headed out on business trip to Cuba, it’s time to consider your best options.
The Best Cuban Cigars for Discerning Gents
Montecristo No. 2
The most popular cigar in the world is worth experiencing for yourself. Spicy and medium-strong, the Montecristo No. 2 has a tangy flavor with hints of vanilla, cocoa, and coffee beans. At around $30, it’s not the cheapest option. Still, you can’t go wrong with this classic cigar.
Romeo y Julieta Churchill
Romeo y Julieta cigars have a wide range of flavors and do not have to age to offer a great smoke. The Churchill is a big, long lasting cigar. While it might not be for beginners, aficionados will certainly be pleased.
Cohiba makes some of the priciest cigars, but you are getting a quality product. These are the top of the line – in fact, rumor has it that they were rolled specially for Fidel Castro himself. Heads of state often gave them as diplomatic gifts. They come in only three vitolas (sizes) and are released in strictly limited quantities. If you’ve got something to celebrate and only the best will do, this is your cigar.
H. Upmann Petit Corona
Channel the charisma and power of John F. Kennedy by puffing on his favorite Cuban cigar, the H Upmann. The cigars that Kennedy bought en masse the day before signing the embargo into law have been discontinued, but the Petit Corona is very similar. These cigars are mild and a bit bland when young but age into a strong, full taste in 10-15 years.
If you have travel plans to Cuba, start making your $100 shopping list now. If not, the embargo’s days are numbered. Either way, it’s good news for cigar aficionado Gents.