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Out of the Humidor

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From the Print Edition:
cigar case, Summer 93

(continued from page 14)

We would all kick back on this patio after consuming a wonderfully delicious, huge meal prepared by my mother and grandmother. I would watch in amazement as the men would leisurely light up their cigars and blow smoke rings into the beautiful, balmy summer evenings of L.A. I would turn on the radio, and we would all listen to the magical, mesmerizing voice of Vin Scully calling another Dodger baseball game, as only he could. I remember my grandfather would let me take an occasional puff or two of his cigar (and I liked it!) as he, my dad and my uncle Herman would talk about the great enjoyment of lighting up a great tasting, sweet smelling cigar after a super meal.

Even as a part-time cigar lover, I appreciate that we have a magazine now such as yours to look forward to.

Many thanks!

Scott Roeb
Los Angeles, California

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Dear Marvin:

The most recent CIGAR AFICIONADO (Vol. 1, No. 3) came in handy on my way to Houston Intercontinental Airport last week, to catch a plane for Lisbon, Portugal. The listing of a cigar friendly restaurant in Lisbon on page 122 caught my eye; and since my business in Lisbon did not start for a few days, I decided to treat myself. When I arrived, I asked the staff at the Hotel da Lapa to make a reservation for me to dine at Tagide [Largo da Academia].

After a wonderful dinner I finished off the evening as a CIGAR AFICIONADO reader should, with a cigar. I smoked one of my own Hoyo de Monterrey Sultans (I brought along several types, not knowing what to expect). This big, 54 ring gauge cigar was precisely right for the size and spice of the meal. I smoked without reprimand or bother while enjoying several glasses of Port .... Well, what did you expect?

Yes, smoking is allowed in the dining room. Yes, my cigar was even encouraged. Yes, I would go to Tagide again in a minute, but I wouldn't have known about it if CIGAR AFICIONADO hadn't listed it.

Thank you, friends, very much.

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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

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