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Cuban Cigars: The Forbidden Fruit of the USA

Cuban Cigars (as well as most Cuban products) have been banned from the United States since 1960. As a result, the premium handmade cigars that are available legally in the U.S. are manufactured in countries like Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. Though Cuban cigars typically rank  well internationally, many of the cigars that are …

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Cigar Review: Berger & Argenti Mooch Schnorr Maduro

Handmade in Esteli, Nicaragua, Berger & Argenti Mooch cigars are a blend of Nicaraguan binder and filler leaves, and an aged Cuban-seed Nicaraguan-grown maduro wrapper. These stogies are a value-priced offering from the innovative company that brought us the unique Entubar and Quad Maduro series. Having enjoyed the Connecticut-wrapped Mooch on several occasions, I decided …

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eBay and Paypal Bring our Embargo to Germany

The United States’ nearly-50-year-old embargo against Cuba is now causing a stir in Europe. According to an article on, in keeping with the embargo, eBay and its subsidiary, Paypal (which are U.S.-based), have blocked all transactions in Germany that involve Cuban goods. Several German merchants, notably several whose livelihoods come from sales of Cuban …

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Cigar 101: Cigar Smoking U.S. Presidents

It’s not news that the climate for smokers in the U.S. has become a little less than welcoming in the past few years. I know it may sound a little contrived for me to say that smoking is part of our country’s history, but it’s noteworthy that almost half of the 44 U.S. presidents were …

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Cigar Blog Roundup: Cinco de Mayo con cigarros

Well, it’s almost that time of year again… time to crack a Corona, light up a stogie and fiesta until your sombrero falls off. Gary at celebrates Mexican cigars in his recent blog post praising Te-Amo, arguably the finest Mexican puro around. Cultivated in the San Andres Valley in Mexico where the soil and …

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