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A drop in quality for the Cuban cigar?

By Richard on August, 27th 2009 - 9:55 am

The Cuban cigar has had its up's and down's over the years, no one can deny that. Everyone can remember the end of the 90's and a real drop in construction quality due to rushed and over production. Certain year's have had better or worse quality harvests caused by a numbers of factors, leading to certain year's productions being superior, almost wine like Millesimes. That said, the undeniable quality of Cuban tobacco consistently gives us cigars of character with complex and sophisticated blends matched by no other. We are experiencing an interesting period in Habanos's history, as the Cuban tobacco giant tries to adapt its production to the wishes and needs of the modern smoker. On the one hand we are getting fantastic new sizes, exciting new blends and regular supply of the full Habanos catalogue, on the other we are noticing slight problems with rolling. The economic situation has hit Cuba too, with factories closing for part of the Summer. Is this slight fumble in quality caused by these factors only, hard to tell. One thing is for sure, now is the time to rely on your official Habanos retailer. Only an official Habanos retailer will perform all the necessary checks on your cigars to assure you a quality smoke, as well as guarantee the origin of the product. The black mark in all this is the sad reality that the market is still being flooded by second rate copy cigars introduced by so-called cigar merchants, unfortunately many of them claiming to be based in Geneva's Free zone (stay well away form any site who claims this!!!). These 'pushers' who claim they are selling Cuban cigars could be the reason for the general impression of a drop in quality of Cuba cigars. Help save the Cuban cigar by saying no to these thieves. Our passion is being ruined by a bunch of lowly con men. Let's not let this happen! Give us your thoughts.

// chris // October, 24th 2009 // 12:51 pm

Dear Richard I have been in the market for cigars for about 9 years now... And yes the quality does sometimes vary according to, oh so many factors. I am aware that there are fakes around and I can spot some of these pretenders, however I wonder if it is possible to develop a system whereby one can tell if a cigar is not a true Cuban. For example, markings on the box, the band and what it looks like, whether or not the date is visible on the box in the correct place and so on... Just a thought

All the best, Chris.

ps I shall try the boar dish as I live in Sweden where this animal is hunted.

// yankeefan // August, 31st 2009 // 6:11 am

it is an absolute shame that this sort of thing goes on,but i guess it,s par for the course when dealing with the most sought after cigars in the world. keep up the good work guys

// smithers // August, 30th 2009 // 10:54 am

Richard, what a shame but not new that others are getting in on the market with low quality smokes. Do we blame the Cubans for letting them out of the country. When I visited Cuba I could not take more than two boxes out. Bought from official source I may add. So how do the bandets get the poor quality ones out to rip off unsuspecting clients?


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