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Out of the Humidor

CA Readers
From the Print Edition:
cigar case, Summer 93

(continued from page 17)

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Dear Marvin:

This evening, while enjoying a Mario Palomino Royal Corona and my second issue of CIGAR AFICIONADO, I decided to write a letter to introduce my fellow cigar lovers to a relatively large, but hidden, portion of our population who enjoy a good cigar. I also felt that the irony of my current position might provide a few wry chuckles for some of your readers. So without further ado, on with the tale....

The segment of the population I refer to is the officer corps of our nation's military, in particular, the U.S. Marine Corps. I am currently serving as a Captain in our nation's corps, and from my experience, almost 10 percent of my fellow Marine officers enjoy a good cigar on a regular basis.

Throughout my career, I have encountered a large number of my fellow officers with whom I could enjoy a good smoke. In fact, cigars play an important role in one of the oldest traditions of the Corps. At the conclusion of a mess night (a formal dinner for all of the officers in a command), cigars and Port are passed as the fitting conclusion to a night of fellowship and camaraderie. Perhaps it is the inherently dangerous nature of our chosen profession that causes us to truly appreciate the finer things in life, including fine cigars.

The ironic situation I find myself currently in is that, while I am stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the absolute best cigar I can purchase locally is the Jamaican Mario Palomino I mentioned earlier. As a cigar devotee, the true meaning of the old expression "so near yet so far" has become graphic indeed during the last year and a half that I have lived in Cuba.

It is wonderful to sit outside under a Cuban sunset, enjoy a decent cigar, a good drink, an outstanding publication and realize that things really could be a whole lot worse, couldn't they? Keep up the great work. I eagerly look forward to my next issue.

Paul Muller
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba


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William Mills — Orlando, Florida, USA,  —  June 13, 2013 7:37pm ET

Dear Marvin - Regarding the letter from Peter Worsham in the August issue, I lived in Havana from 1997 until 2000 as a member of the U.S. Interests Section. The GOOD cigars are indeed heavily controlled and expensive no matter where you buy them including Cuba. That said there was always counterfeit/seconds cigars to be had on the black market, but so easily available that the Cuban government had to be aware or complicit in their production and sale. In the end, although not top of the line cigars it was Cuban tobacco which I think is the best in the world.
Changing the subject, I just returned from a car trip to Eastern North Carolina and was surprised to see farm fields of growing tobacco. These same fields use to grow soy beans, cotton, and corn, while the owners were being paid NOT to grow tobacco. Can anyone tell me what has happened? Chinese demand? Domestic demand? Other?
Thanks for the fine magazine.

William Mills
Orlando


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