Got back this a.m. from the Domincan Republic. Had a nice few days in a villa on the beach with the family. Other than having to suffer the indignity of seeing German tourists in butt thongs slow dance to "Hotel California," it was a great trip. I drank about 28,000 Presidentes. I bought a box of Montecristo there. They were in a tobacco shop and they were supposedly Cubans. I'm not sure if they are real Cubans or not: Why they might be: The box was sealed and has the green "Republica de Cuba" seal on it, as do all Cuban boxes. On the bottom it says "Totalmente hecho a mano," as do all Cuban boxes. It was purchased in a legitimate tobacco shop, not in a kiosk on the beach. The labels are brown and say Habana, just as do all the real Monty's I've smoked before The box construction is not out of this world, not shoddy but not great. This is similar to the boxes of most of the Cubans I've purchased. Why they might be fake: $25 for a box of Monty No. 3s? They didn't have the little business-card sized plastecine card inside the box which most of the Cubans I've purchased contain. The bottom of the box was not stamped with a date, whereas at the duty free in the airport in Punta Cana, the boxes of Cuban Monty's had a package date stamped on the bottom. Any ideas? I'm going to take it to a local cigar shop to see what they think. The cigars smell and feel like they are first rate, so even if they aren't real Cubans, they are come great smokes for $1 a piece.
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7/5/05 at 2:11pm