Podcast 83: Cuban Cigar Extravaganza!

Podcast 83, 9/9/12 … Jason and Tony dedicate an entire episode to Cuban cigars — our experience purchasing them in Canada, reviews of cigars by Montecristo, Bolivar and Romeo Y Julieta, and more. (This podcast was recorded a few weeks ago, while we were still in Windsor.)

Click >> HERE << to download the MP3. [21.4 MB MP3, 96 K, 29:45]

Want to weigh in? In addition to subscribing to our podcast through iTunes, Zune, Stitcher or RSS, you can leave us a note on Facebook or Google+ or even leave a message on our toll-free voice mail hotline at 888-321-4447. We love it when listeners join the conversation!

6 thoughts on “Podcast 83: Cuban Cigar Extravaganza!

  1. Mike Reply

    I have been visiting Ray and La casa Del Habano for years. While I agree Cuban manufacturing quality is uneven and there are many great non-Cubans, a great Habano, such as a Montecristo No. 2 torpedo, is a treat and a distinct flavor that no Honduran, etc., can duplicate.

    • Jason Gillikin Reply

      I think I’ll try the Cuban experience again if I get t Eurpoe soon, to get the Class A cigars instead of the Class B’s that make their way to Canada.

      • Mike Reply

        It’s a myth that Habanos SA sends “second-tier” Cubans to countries like Canada. The manufacturers are not that smart. If it’s sold at a Casa del Habano anywhere in the world, it’s legit.
        I have been to 200-year-old tobacconists in London. Apart from sometimes having some great, old stocks, there is no difference in the quality of Cubans sold there or in Toronto, Montreal or Windsor.

  2. AccessVegas Reply

    I’ve had a couple of real Cubans in the past couple of years (Cohiba and Punch), and both had plenty of age in my humidor, which I believe helped them. Both were quite enjoyable.

    Having said that, I can rattle off a laundry list of “legal” cigars that were at least as good and in many cases better. No question that in many respects, Cuba is living off its legacy here. Once Cuba opens up, it will be interesting to see if other manufacturers blend with some of the Cuban leaf. And initially, there may be a spike in the domestic purchase of Cubans.

    But, I liken it to Coors beer. When you couldn’t get Coors in many parts of the U.S., it was really treasured. (See Smokey and the Bandit I). Once Coors was available everywhere, the luster was off. It is an OK beer, but nothing to write home about.

    Great show!

  3. Jason Reply

    This was like listening to a grocery store clerk telling me what to think about gourmet food. Or a miller lite drinker trying to talk to me about the best new beer they tried that was amazing, like a Summer Shandy…basic-knowledge hobby dabblers trying to share their thoughts beyond what their scope of knowledge and experience should allow for. Just as everything in life, there are levels of greatness. Cars, watches, scotch, as well as cigars have levels. I would recommend dabbling for much longer in one particular hobby prior to trying to enlighten those who have or have not dabbled yet. I always appreciate reviews, but some must be taken with a grain of salt…like one. Its all about experience, and its easy to tell there is not enough here. I’d suggest joining an online cigar community.

Leave a Reply