Updated: Feb 5, 2019
The Cuban cigar has become a thing of legend. An intrinsic part of Cuban culture, there was a time when the cultivation of tobacco and manufacture of the cigar was a regular part of the education system in Cuba. You could still argue that a fine Cuban cigar represents the living lifeblood of Cuba and an art form in itself.
But if like other products from Cuba they're not permitted for import, what Cuban cigars are being fashioned and enjoyed in Miami?
There is admittedly, a bit of a poetic licence applied when discussing Cuban cigars with aficionados of modern Miami.
Much of the stock is Dominican or is finely cultivated in Florida. But the seeds and strain are of Cuban descent. Many of the workers are Cuban-American or Cuban-Dominican. The techniques for preparing are stylized Cuban. And the rollers of the finest Cuban cigars have achieved their proficiency over 19 months of intensive, practical study in their native Cuba, followed by many, many years of experience in honing their own specialized process.
If you ask, you'll get more questions than answers and have to decide for yourself.
If the seed stock is Cuban. If the tobacco is a Cuban strain. If the workers are Cuban. If the rollers are Cuban and fashion the finished product in a traditional Cuban style... what else would you call them?