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A Cigar Smoker's Paradise

Living in Cuba is as close to Nirvana as a stogie lover can get
From the Print Edition:
Entourage, July/August 2009

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One of my best moments was smoking the new Cohiba Siglo VI Gran Reserva with some friends at the Paila restaurant in the suburbs of Havana. I lit up the cañonazo —the name the factory workers use—the moment I sat down in the small, private outdoor restaurant. It measures 52 ring gauge by 5 7/8 inches and is an amazing smoke with loads of coffee, spice, and tobacco character that seems to change every moment. I am dying to smoke another one. I might have to go back to Cuba to do it though!

You may not want to believe it, but it is a perfect cigar. I can't think of another young cigar in my life that has delivered such complex, multilayered character with such length and finesse. The subtle flavors lasted for minutes on the palate. It should be out soon and sell for about $65 a cigar. Cuba, particularly Havana, is a cigar smoker's paradise. There is no other place in the world better to smoke a cigar. And living there for a month was a life-changing experience. Let's hope that the President of the United States soon allows all Americans to legally visit the island.

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