Out of the Humidor

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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
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

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