Out of the Humidor
From the Print Edition:
Havana—The Insider's Guide, November/December 2011
(continued from page 2)
Wayne S. Knox, Sgt. 1st Cl, U.S. Army(Ret)
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Editor’s Note: We are careful about which photos we publish, usually waiting until the men and women in the pictures are home safe. We are also dependent on what arrives in the mail.
I wanted to tell you how grateful I am to have had some old issues of your magazine lying about the house. Recently I spent a week in the hospital. My wife, realizing that my stay would be extended, asked me on the first night what I wanted from home. My back copies of Cigar Aficionado were all I wanted. And so I spent the next week recovering and rereading about 10 back issues. When I got home my first task was to go to my favorite humidor and find just the right cigar to enjoy. I picked a Rocky Patel Decade and for the next hour I reveled in leftover painkillers and a truly fine cigar. I was dizzy when I finished and soon retired for a nap.
When I awoke I realized that there is truly no place like home and that Cigar Aficionado had saved my sanity by keeping my mind occupied and giving me something to look forward to. And for that, I thank you very much.
Ridgewood, New Jersey
Editor’s Note: May your recovery continue to be a speedy one.
I thoroughly enjoyed last issue’s article on “Avoiding Counterfeit Cubans.” I find it interesting how some people either won’t admit or just don’t know when they have purchased a fake Cuban cigar. Maybe it’s pride or maybe it’s ignorance but I have known people who refuse to accept that they’ve bought or received a counterfeit Cuban no matter how strong the evidence is, which is why the pictures you presented were such an important reference point. It was amazing to see that the Cohiba Behikes have already spawned such a series of knockoffs.
“Can You Spot the Fakes?” should be a regular part of the magazine for educational purposes as well as fun for the reader. Each description you provided regarding the embossed labels, holograms and Limitada dates are valuable pieces of information.
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