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    Just stumbled across this blog post http://annaeverywhere.com/visit-cuba-ethically/

    The above article says about buying cigars in Cuba?
    "It turned out that every tobacco farmer is forced to give the government 90% of their produce. They pay an absolutely ridiculously low money for the amount of work involved. The governmental factory then adds chemicals to the tobacco, seals the cigars with a glue and fancy stickers, packs them in a nice box, and sells them at an insane markup in government-run shops. We paid less than 1/3 of the price the cigars normally costs and they were seriously the same, minus the fancy sticker."

    I guess the ethical writer has no experience of cigars and fell for the local farmers own marketing? Chemicals...?

    So I've no experience myself. I know little of the custom rollers from lcdh shops and hotels. I think is where most custom rolls come from.

    What about farm cigars as mentioned in the article?

    Do many locals smoke cigars? What to they smoke? I've read a little about peso cigars. Quinteros and Jose L Piedra have been mentioned as similar.

    I need to learn Spanish and go to Cuba



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    My little experience and one 3 week visit has taught me that The locals including the farmers do smoke quite a lot of cigars. But they are bandless who knows what cigars. The farmers can keep 10% of their harvests, and I think that would go a long way locally. We rolled at a farm in Vinales, and I then bought a tourist bundle of 10 cigars for 7 CUC. They’re crap, but can be smoked. Alex’s cigars are 4 CUC a stick and they’re awesome, but way way beyond the local guys budget.

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    I traded with @Krist for a couple of farm rolls he picked up in Vinales. Construction looks perfect but they've been sitting in a humidor for two years because they smelled like a farmyard at the time and he said the one he smoked was strong. Next summer probably.
    'Cigars are a hobby, cigarettes an addiction'

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    I had some farm rolled's that I brought on site in Pinar del Rio & they were perfect & a similar profile to Monte's. I had one rolled at the Robina fina - perfect & 24 bought from Villa de Conde & their construction was fine, did improve over a couple of yrs but to large a RG for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Bolivar View Post
    ...did improve over a couple of yrs but to large a RG for me.
    Haha! No such thing as “too large a RG” according to the lovely, señorita Catalina*

    But what the hell does she know! I’m with Señor Simon on this one.

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