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The wait for Cuban beaches and cigars continues

The end of the 50-year freeze in diplomatic relations with Cuba will mean many more U.S. travelers could be on their way to the neighbor island, only 90 miles from Key West, Florida.<p>But the days of Havana as a glamorous destination for U.S. tourists — as it was before the Cuban revolution ended …

Americans can now legally bring back Cuban cigars

US president Barack Obama announced plans yesterday to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba and ease travel and trade restrictions. And that means now Cuba’s famed rum and cigars can be brought legally into the US.<p>The policy is restrictive. The embargo on Cuban goods is still intact, which …

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6 Things You Should Know About Cuban Cigars

Cuban cigars are wrapped in mystique. Soon travelers will be able to bring back $100 worth of the famed cigars. Here are some facts you should know.<p><b>1. Cuban cigars are expensive, even in Cuba.</b><p>As NPR's Tom Gjelten tweeted, the new permission to bring back $100 worth of tobacco (or alcohol) allows …

Long illegal, Cuban cigars may no longer be 'forbidden fruit'

Relaxing in the soft comfort of leather lounge chairs, cigar smokers puffed away Thursday afternoon inside the Iwan Ries & Co. tobacco shop. Some enjoyed a Cuban cigar, but they didn't buy it at the downtown Chicago tobacconist since it's been illegal in the United States to purchase cigars from …

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Cuban cigars legal: Embargo stands, but travelers can import $100 of tobacco and alcohol products.

The biggest week for U.S.-Cuban relations of the past 50 years is also shaping up to be a big one for the cigar industry. As part of sweeping …

Prepare Yourself for the Inevitable Cuban Cigar Boom

Prepare Yourself for the Inevitable Cuban Cigar Boom

Smoke 'em if you got 'em: Cuban cigars to be allowed back into the US

Barack Obama's deal with Cuba means Cohibas and Montecristos will be allowed into America for the first time since John F Kennedy banned them<p>President <b>Barack Obama</b> may have given up smoking, but he just made life a little bit better for those who haven't.<p>Hidden in the White House announcement on …

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Cuban cigars aren’t actually all that special

It may be the best-kept-secret about the vaunted Cuban cigar: It's often not that good.<p>Yes, Cuba produces some of the best cigars in the world. And for the first time in more than 60 years, there's legitimate hope that they will once again be sold--legally--in the United States. On the heels of the …

Could Cuban cigars finally be in hand for U.S. smokers?

As American cigar smokers await the day they can legally get their hands on those prized “Cubans,” at least one cigar manufacturer is anticipating a …

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Cuban cigars coming to humidor near you — what you need to know

The news that the U.S. and Cuba agreed to seek to reestablish diplomatic relations stunned the world. Reactions varied depending on one’s political bent, but cigar smokers are ever hopeful.<p>Is this a big deal? For the cigar lover? For the cigar industries in other countries? Over time, the answer is …

Forbidden fruit: What renewed US-Cuba ties could mean for the cigar industry

The cigar is one of Cuba’s most iconic products, and remains forbidden fruit in the USA.<p>Milagros Diaz has been rolling habanos for 48 years and is thrilled the US market could finally be opening up.<p>“Yes, it is going to help the economy of the Cuban people in general because this is what we have all …

Real Cigar Aficionados Know Cubans Aren't A Big Deal Anymore

According to Michael Herklots, vice president for retail and brand development for Nat Sherman cigar brand, Cubans are not the greatest in the world anymore.<p>Too many fantastic cigars have cropped up from other countries around the world, including Honduras, Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua — …

US ban on Cuban cigars comes to an end as Barack Obama's détente with Cuba begins

The first practical elements of the new era in US-Cuba relations come into force on Friday<p>America's half-century ban on Cuban cigars will come to an end on Friday as Barack Obama's new policy of détente with Cuba starts to come into force.<p>Just weeks after Mr Obama announced that he was reversing 50 …

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I Can't Wait to Drink Authentic Cuban Rum

Obama's new rules free up travel and trade between Cuba and the US. I know what I'm grabbing when I go to the island: Booze and cigars.<p>Since last month, when President Obama announced his intentions to significantly alter US policy on relations with Cuba, there have been a lot of questions about …

What makes Cuban cigars so special? (infographic)

The easing of travel and trade restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba has brought attention to Cuba's best-known export: cigars.<p>Cigar Aficionado Executive Editor David Savona said cigars and Cuba are synonymous, like France and wine. In the past decade the magazine has picked a Cuban cigar as its …

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US eases restrictions on imports from Cuban entrepreneurs

Ban lifted on good and services but the list of restricted items remains long – cigars, tobacco, vehicles and agricultural products still not permitted<p>Another huge barrier between America and Cuba fell on Friday, when the US eased import restrictions from the island. Tobacco, however, remained on …

Supreme Court Hands Victory To Cuban Cigar Company

By Lawrence Hurley<p>WASHINGTON, Feb 23 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court handed a victory to a state-owned Cuban cigar company on Monday by declining to intervene in its long-running battle with a U.S.-based rival over the Cohiba trademark that both use for their products.<p>By refusing to hear an …

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This cigar company is going to explode if the US lifts its Cuban trade embargo

Habanos S.A., a 50-50 joint venture between the Cuban state and Imperial Tobacco Group PLC., generated sales of $439 million in 2014 without direct access to the U.S. market. The company is also the monopoly guarantor of Cuba's signature export.<p>The prospect of the United States lifting its …

Cuban cigar maker eyes 25-30 pct of U.S. market if embargo lifted | Reuters

HAVANA, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Cuban cigar-maker Habanos S.A. envisions gaining 25 percent to 30 percent of the U.S. premium cigar market if the United States lifts its trade embargo on Cuba, potentially selling 70 million to 90 million cigars per year, the company said on Monday.<p>Habanos S.A., a 50-50 …

US boost for Cuban cigar festival

<b>Cuba's annual cigar festival is getting under way in the capital Havana - with American visitors able to take cigars home legally for the first time in decades.</b><p>A thaw in US-Cuban relations means American smokers will be able to stock up on products worth up to $100 (£65).<p>Havana cigars have been …

Cuban cigar firm eyes 30 percent of US market

Organisers of a week-long Cigar festival in Cuba are hoping for a large increase in buyers from the US, thanks to a softening of trade sanctions.<p>Americans who are allowed to visit the Communist country can now buy up to 100 US dollars worth of cigars to take home.<p>The industry hopes that if a full …

Cuban cigar makers anticipate big bucks from U.S. travelers

Over six decades rolling premium cigars with his small, wrinkled hands, Arnaldo Alfonso has taken pride in seeing his "habanos" sampled by visiting heads of state and other dignitaries.<p>Now he's delighted by the idea of customers lighting them up in New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere in the United …

GoPro video shows how Cuban cigars are hand-rolled by a master craftsman

en_US<p>article<p>Cuban cigar rollers, or ‘torcedores’, are considered to be the best in the world at their craft, and recent GoPro footage shows us …

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Rolling Cuban Cigars

Miguel shows you how to roll a Cuban cigar from the best seat in the house — his.<p>Buy Now<p>Video<p>Animals<p>Tortoise Unboxing<p>When you love someone, sometimes …

We talked to the cigar sommelier of London's The Wellesley hotel — here's what we learned

The cigar humidor at The Wellesley hotel. Facebook/The Wellesley<p>Smoking – at least of the cigar variety – has long been accepted as a pastime of the well-heeled.<p>But knowing when (and how) to light up with grace and style is a bit more of a complex issue.<p>To get the inside scoop on the latest in the …

American cigar makers brace for their Cuban rivals to enter the market

But a recent warming in U.S.-Cuban relations could be the death knell of American cigar makers like Montagne who are seeing their legal position erode as they brace for the potential invasion of Cuban cigars into the world's most lucrative cigar market.<p>A Cuban exile who came to the United States in …

Cigar Limits and Other Cuban Travel Tips

Human Journey<p>A friend of mine made the infographic below for Cheapflights.com. I thought the team did a nice job putting together what American travelers need to know to visit the Caribbean country, since President Obama lifted many restrictions last December.<p>There are strict limits on how much …

FEATURE -What's in a name? Cuban cigars plant legal seeds for U.S. future | Reuters

MIAMI, May 5 (Reuters) - Miami cigar maker Jose Montagne has been fighting for more than a decade to protect his catchy Cuban brand name, Guantanamera, from Cuban government trademark lawyers.<p>But a recent warming in U.S.-Cuban relations could be the death knell of American cigar makers like …