People in most countries don’t have any difficulties when they want to buy Cuban cigars, so it’s not a particular challenge. On the other hand, Cuban cigars are illegal in the United States which makes purchasing them a bit more difficult if you decide you want to do so. It’s because of the U.S trade embargo, but that’s another story.
You do need to be aware that buying Cuban cigars anywhere and then trying to bring them into the United States is illegal, so you are not exempt from this law even if you buy the cigars in Canada or Mexico.
Buying Cuban Cigars
Outside of the United States, most good cigar stores or tobacconist’s will carry some selection of Cuban cigars and they are typically sold in boxes or individually. They are quite expensive, so be on the lookout for knock-offs and fake Cuban cigars that some shops may try to pass off. Never buy a cigar without examining them first.
Unless you plan on smoking your cigars right away, a small humidor is the best way to store them to protect your investment.
Brands of Cuban Cigars
There are many brands of cigars made in Cuba, some intended for global export, and many that are kept for domestic use. Though all Cuban cigars are well-made, its the global brands that are world-famous for their quality. These are the brands known as the best Cuban cigars:
- Romeo y Julieta
- Hoyo de Monterrey
- H. Upmann
A few examples of the local Cuban cigar brands:
- Por Larranaga
- Ramon Allones
- El Rey del Mundo
While these are still truly Cuban cigars, they are not made with the same level of skill and quality as the global brands.
Cigars in Cuba
Unless you are buying the local brands, many of the global lines of cigars are just as expensive in Cuba as elsewhere. You can sometimes get some deals, but since they are targeting tourists, you will see high prices everywhere.
While in Cuba, you can take a tour of a Cuban cigar factory and learn a bit more about the history and manufacturing of cigars. If you buy Cuban cigars right from the factory, you can be pretty confident that they are the real thing.
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