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Out of the Humidor

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From the Print Edition:
Jay-Z, May/June 2009

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Having said that, I want you to also know that the finest cigars I have ever smoked in my life have all been Cuban, and they have been far and away better than anything else made anywhere. I travel abroad very often, and have sampled all the island has to offer. However, there hasn't been a good Cuban cigar made on the forbidden island since the early '90s. I don't understand how you can give Havana cigars consistently good ratings in your magazine. They are currently some of the worst cigars in the world. Virtually every cigar built on the island is plugged solid, made from very poorly handled tobacco, with no regard for blend and rolled by some of the most inexperienced rollers in the business.

There is no one in the world who would like Cuban cigars to return to their former glory more than me, however it is just not the case. They are currently horrible and in most cases unsmokable. Until things change on the island, I'll just keep smoking my Padróns.

Chris Mancini
Summit, New Jersey

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