CUBAN CIGAR BUYING GUIDE
There are some rules you should follow when buying Cuban Cigars in
Cuban Currency (CUC)
Everything purchased in cash in Cuba must be made in Convertible Pesos (CUC). You will be able to get CUC’s at exchange offices and hotels through-out Cuba. 1CUC is valued at $1.12US or around $1.25CDN. DO NOT BRING US$ IN CUBA, you will lose another 11% from the rate mentioned above! If you bring ANY other currency, there will be no added tax on your exchange rate, just make sure you aren’t getting ripped-off by the exchange desks, do the math also! If this sounds too complicated, you can pay with your credit card. Since the Credit Card companies don’t take CUC’s, the charges have to be in US$. So what they will do is convert your purchase from CUC to US$ by adding 12% more from the CUC prices. But just so you know, it comes to the SAME THING! So if you pay cash in CUC’s or with your Credit Card, it doesn’t matter! Happy shopping.
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It seems like every Cuban "knows" someone who can get you "real" Cuban cigars. Usually it's the bartender, lifeguard or just someone in the street giving you their story about an uncle, friend or brother who works in a cigar factory. For some reason, people still believe these stories. It's tempting to get a great deal on a box of Glass Top “Cohibas” but they WILL be fakes. Would you buy a bottle of Dom Perignon from a guy on the street in France? What if he told you that his brother works at the factory, would you still drink it?
If you buy cigars off the street or beach, there is only a miniscule chance you could actually get the real deal, but that chance is more like 1 in a 1000! Most likely, what you will be getting are cigars made with homemade tobacco leaves, tobacco crumbs or even banana leaves!!! Plus the cigars are usually of very bad quality and they will taste NOTHING like the real thing, they could even make you sick! Save yourself the trouble and get your cigars at the authorized stores, at least you will get the real Cuban cigar taste that you will enjoy. The most popular fakes you will find are the Cohiba Esplendido. It just so happens that this cigar is made by only a handful of employees in Cuba so the chances of them being “real” are even slimmer, ohh and they NEVER existed in a glass top humidor either!!
A REAL box of Esplendidos costs $460CUC!!! Yeah it's not a typo, they cost almost $20CUC for 1 cigar!!! If they are REAL why is he selling them for $25 a box?! Cuban cigars ARE expensive, even in Cuba, it's just that they are EXTREMELY expensive in
New in 2004, when you buy a box of cigars in
PS: You don't need an official receipt if you are buying a few single cigars or 5 packs, but why not ask for a plain cashiers receipt just to be safe.
WHAT TO BUY?
Most of the people in the stores who sell cigars don`t know much
about them, so don't rely to much on their opinion. They will most likely tell
you the most popular cigars are the Montecristo 4 and the Romeo Y Julietta
Tubos. Those are actually average cigars, there are some better cigars than these.
I'll try and give you some suggestions below.
First off, the price of an individual cigar is the same even if you buy the whole box of 25, so if you find a store that sells single cigars out of opened boxes, you can get yourself more variety! Just watch out for the cashiers who like to over charge you $1 or $2 per cigar to line their pockets! Some cigars also come in 3 or 5 packs, PERFECT for tasting, building variety or for gifts!
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TOP CUBAN CIGAR BRANDS
COHIBA: ALL these are great cigars, but they do cost twice the price of
a comparable-sized cigar. Still, you have to try one if you're in
MONTECRISTO: The No.2 is considered one of the best torpedo (pointed) cigars in the world... it IS! You can find these in 3 packs (6.85CUC each). The other Montecristos are a little stronger and not as tasty.
PARTAGAS: A brand that is fast becoming the most popular among cigar
smokers, it has some of the best cigars you’ve
NEVER heard of. A must is the Partagas Series D No 4 (PSD4 6.05CUS). Now
availible in 3 packs, this cigar packs tons of smoke and has the best cap of
any cigar. Try the
ROMEO Y JULIETTA: This cigar brand is the GM of cigars. It has the most variety of ANY Cuban cigar brand. That means they have really horrible cigars and some really good ones. I wouldn’t suggest buying the Romeo Tubos, those are very average at best. If you absolutely want a tubed cigars, try the Churchill (10.15CUC), fantastic light cigar and the best Romeo Y Julietta cigar you can buy!
EL REY DEL MUNDO: Never heard of this brand? Well it’s no surprise, it’s a very small brand but they are my personal favorite because they are a VERY light cigar and they are really affordable! Check this cigar out if you can find it: Lunch Club (61.75CUC a box of 25!)
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