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The Slow & Graceful Decline of the Tobacco Leaf: Part 1

The Slow & Graceful Decline of the Tobacco Leaf: Part 1

Author and CigarAdvisor.com contributor, Mark McGinty, reprises some of the characters from his book The Cigar Maker, in Part I of this month's feature entitled, "The Slow and Graceful Death of the Tobacco Leaf." The story begins in 1901 Cuba with Paolo Renteria, a successful tobacco grower who learns that his brother, Armando, has been murdered and their most profitable factory has been burned to the ground during a violent tobacco workers strike in Ybor City. Paolo must go to Tampa and find out what the motive was for his brother's untimely death.
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Following in the Footsteps of Hemingway: From Key West to Africa

Following in the Footsteps of Hemingway: From Key West to Africa

Coincidence or fate? That is the question Rafael Nodal raises in his article "Following the Footsteps of Ernest Hemingway from Key West to Africa." Nodal, founder of Boutique Brands cigars, has traveled all over the world. Though he was a big fan of the author, Nodal writes, "...without any conscious planning, I have pretty much followed the steps of Ernest Hemingway." Not surprisingly, many of the places Nodal discovered during his travels were the bars Hemingway frequented. Additionally, readers will get a glimpse of the history surrounding these intriguing locations.
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The Fleet of 1733

The Fleet of 1733

Four Spanish galleons, a team of support boats and 20,000,000 pesos worth of Mexican silver found their way to the bottom of the ocean in a 1733 hurricane. Even a Spanish Armada is no match for the fight that Mother Nature can provide. Follow the trip of the Capitana El Rubi's treasure from surface, to sea floor and back again
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The Battle Epic Warrior Edition

The Battle Epic Warrior Edition

There is nothing rawer than how they fought in the old days...a no holds barred, full contact, fight to the death! But these sticks up the stakes: Three sticks enter, one leaves the ancient field of combat...or in this month's case, strength: mild, mild-medium, medium-full and full. And we need you to choose your warriors.
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Cuba vs. USA: A Crisis of Identity

Cuba vs. USA: A Crisis of Identity

Partagás. Romeo y Julieta, Monticristo. Cohiba. In the United States, the world's largest premium cigar market, they are primarily known as Dominican cigars; for the rest of he world, however, they are Cuban. The story of how these and other cigar brands came to exist in both Cuba ad non-Cuban versions in inseparably intertwined with Cuba's own history, as well as that of Central America, the United States and Spain.
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