Under the new terms of agreement, citizens of the United States may indeed travel to Cuba and purchase previously contraband cigars. Unfortunately, purchases are limited to $100 and cannot be resold in the United States.
“As I understand it, this won’t change anything on the commercial side of things,” Anthony Welsch, a founder of cigarscity.com, wrote in an e-mail. “We won’t be able to import Cuban cigars and resell them domestically. In that regard, it’s a bit of a letdown and will just create a lot of confusion in the marketplace, in my opinion.”
Welsch said there is a whole lot of interest and “mystique” surrounding Cuban cigars. He said that many people assume they sell Cuban cigars off the books, but that’s not the case. They don’t sell any at all. He said some people think Cuban cigars are the best, but Dominican cigar making and tobacco farming have made huge strides since the Cuban embargo started.
“If the U.S. ever goes “all-in” and opens up the commercial side of things, it’ll be a fascinating case study of that Cuban mystique,” Welsch wrote. “There’s definitely a forbidden fruit factor there, it’s just hard to account for people’s tastes, you know?”
Resale or not, I have a bottle of EC23 I’ve been waiting to crack open. Now I have a suitable mate to pair my pour up with!