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Havana Nights, Havana Days

The new U.S. travel restrictions are adversely affecting the Cuban economy. But the cigars are getting better.
James Suckling
From the Print Edition:
Cigar of the Year, Jan/Feb 2005

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Captain Jack and Don Juan were very keen on the Petit Robusto from Hoyo, which measures 4 1/16 by 50. They liked the idea of a thick and quick smoke. But I found the two I smoked rather hot and peppery due to the burning ash being so close to my palate. Maybe it was a question of being too young, but I could muster only 89 points for the new smoke. I smoked the same cigar a few weeks later in Tuscany and found the same problem, but it was slightly less harsh.

Of course, the Petit Robusto couldn't compare with the Dunhill Robusto that I smoked in Havana that night during the presidential debate. I have scored that aged Cuban cigar 100 points in the past and it didn't disappoint that night as we watched the debate. It was a shame that the debate was everything but perfection—even watching it in Havana.

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