They’re fraternal twins: premium cigars with the exact same blend, but in round “parejo” and box-pressed versions. We sample 5, to find the specific flavor differences between them.
Are Cuban cigars superior?
Q. Are Cuban cigars superior to cigars from other countries, or is this an example (at least for Americans) of the forbidden being more appealing?
– Dan in Bainbridge Island, WA
A. Based on the quality of the cigars coming out of the three major tobacco-growing countries, especially Nicaragua, no. They may have been at one time, and many Cuban cigars are still considered classics, but they’re not superior.
You hit on a good point when you mention the “forbidden fruit” aspect of buying Cuban cigars. That makes them more appealing, but to paraphrase Nestor Miranda in a recent interview when he was asked what would happen if Cuban cigars were available in the U.S.: ‘Once people get a taste for something they couldn’t have before, they eventually get tired of it, because now they can have it whenever they want, so their desire is diminished.’