Out Of The Humidor, February 2019

Dear Marvin, The article on the five small farms of Cuba was quite refreshing [“Cuba’s Best Cigar Tobacco Farms,” November/December 2018]. Although you will never hear Montecristo or the other big names say: “Oh, by the way, our No. 1 cigar was grown by someone else,” at least when it comes to business, the Cubans know diversity can produce a better product. It’s too bad ol’ Fidel didn’t apply this to politics. You also didn’t mention if the farmers even own this land after generations of farming it. Eking out a living as a small tobacco farmer in Cuba can’t be all that bad.    Jeff Herman Moline, Illinois Editors’ Response: While the specific situation of each farmer …
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