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  1. Knowing absolutely nothing about HSA operations, is it possible given the recent harvest shortcomings, that the premium quality is staying in Cuba for domestic sellers, and the rest is what is being shipped overseas? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Just curious because I'm always on the lookout for new (at least to me!) high end rums and I have trouble finding unique items, but what labels/years are your favorites to pair?? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Welcome! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. My neighbor and I use to split boxes because: A: he didn't have a humidor B: he felt bad for smoking all of my cigars He's since gotten a humidor, and now we order 2 boxes at a time [emoji12] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Havana Club 7 Year BBQ everything (since the vegetarian is out of the house!) Baseball with the volume off while listening to Dispatch Hookers... Why stop now? CAO Consigliere, Cohiba Siglo II Tuxedos Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Tough story, but he: 1. Willing went to a dictator-led, 3rd world country with a long history of not wanting outside influence 2. Didn't leave when his boss was arrested 5 months before Definitely a spy [emoji12] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I kept waiting for hard numbers to back up the article, but I agree, this felt more like an op ed more than a news story. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I agree, because the last thing selfish travelers like myself want to see is Starbucks on every corner. This raises a larger question of how to stay in a happy medium? My travel preference is to experience a city vs go to a beach resort, and the old world charm had blinders on me for sure! But I don't want to put my travel preferences above other's quality of life, so whatever will (Communist jokes aside) benefit the Cuban people is most important. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I'm curious for some non-US perspective. I went to Cuba a month ago and was aware before and during the trip of the political and economic issues mentioned in the article. While I agree with the supply/demand conundrum, it seems to be a lazy argument since infrastructure can't be built overnight. To take it a step further, do you build infrastructure in anticipation for travel which may not come, or wait to see what your needs are? Obviously progress hasn't been fast the last 60 years, so why would it start now BEFORE US Dollars start flooding the economy? After the trip, my feeling was the biggest issue isn't a Cuba one, it's a US legislation and bank issue. As long as debit and credit cards (yes I am aware there are one or two have been rolled out but with regional FL banks) don't work, the travel will be limited. Americans don't like cash (when on the paying end!), exchange fees, and not having a security blanket with backup funds when you want to buy 5 boxes instead of the 2 you budgeted for! Once a larger amount of plastic can be used, things will (most likely) start to boom. Now to my question. I've spent very little time outside of the US (which will hopefully change over the next year), and specifically haven't been to Europe or Australia yet. My question for non-US residents of this forum which stems from the article is how "wealthy" are average Americans viewed by other developed countries? I'm not looking for a pity party or necessarily disagreeing with the sentiment, but am curious as to the perception vs the reality. Thanks! Joel Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Great find! I didn't see any for sale at the Hotel either though, Obviously wasn't talking to the right amigos! [emoji12] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. 25 boxes? What day is the party again?? [emoji12] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Greetings from St. Pete FL, but don't confuse me with the rest of the old people! My first (real) cigar was a CAO Sopranos edition and I haven't stopped since. I try to get out to Vegas a few times a year, and recently traveled to Cuba, which I hope becomes a regular trip as lover of both rum and cigars. If anyone has an interest/suggestion regarding the wholesale purchasing/aging of rum, please feel free to reach out to me. I am very interested in learning about the aging process so I can do my own rum/cigar pairings. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Here's the goods Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I just got back from my first trip to Havana and the only limit referenced while going through customs was 5L. I brought back 1.5L (Havana Club Añejo 7 Años) and my friend had 3L, who was pulled for a random search, and got through without any issues. As for Cigars, I heard the limit was 100, but only brought back 25 (don't judge, I just didn't want to bring too much cash!) The best part of the trip is how cheap the rum is. Havana Club 3 year is roughly $6/bottle, compared to 7 year being $16/bottle and Ron Santiago 12 Year $50/bottle. However, some bars price them all the same when you order them (mostly between $3.50-5, however, I did get 7 Year for $1.10 at a restaurant one night!) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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