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Hi James,

I am going to Cuba in a two weeks and will be staying at PRDO in Holguin. I would like to know where you recommend that I shop for cigars. I am interested in the both the popular (cohiba, monte's, partagas etc) and less popular brands. Ideally, I'd like to buy some singles at the beginning of the week to sample and a box or two to take home.

Any advice you have for this is much appreciated.

Thanks,
Dave

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Hi Dave,

The best places to buy cigars in Cuba are La Casa del Habanos shops. LCDH shops only carry genuine Cuban cigars as the stores are supplied by Habanos. There are several LCDH shops in Cuba including one in Holguin (Guardalavaca). You can also visit the La Cohiba Carocol store in the Plaza de la Marketa (Callejon del Mercado Club). Guardalavaca Hotel, Alantico Hotel and Los Brisas Villas hotels also have reputable cigar shops.  Both the Los Flamboyanes and Internacional shopping malls also have cigar shops.

I hope this helps. If you have any more questions, please feel free to just ask and I will be happy to help.

Regards,
James

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My main area of expertise is Cuban cigars and I can assist you if you have questions pertaining to Cuban cigars. I can also assist you with the following:

- General cigar-related questions and advice
- Humidor maintenance and troubleshooting (How to treat humidor mold, correct high/low humidity, humidor seasoning, etc.)
- Accessory maintenance and troubleshooting (Cigar cutters, hygrometers, humidifiers, etc.)
- Cigar restoration, preservation and troubleshooting (How to treat cigar mold/tobacco beetles, restoring vintage/dry cigars, etc.)
- Cigar/Brand identification
- Cigar etiquette

Unsure of a certain cigar brand? Wondering what a certain cigar tastes like? Have a question about Cuban cigars? Having problems with a humidor or Just let me know! I have smoked every brand of Cuban cigars and most reputable non-Cuban cigar brands on a regular basis so I know a fair bit about taste profiles, cigar etiquette and other fine nuances to cigar smoking. (NOTE: My main focus is on premium, hand-rolled cigars and not cheap, machine made, convenience store cigars.) IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE THAT I DO NOT PROVIDE CIGAR OR CIGAR-RELATED APPRAISALS. If you have a vintage cigar item and you want to know if it's worth something, please contact an antique dealer that specializes in "TOBACCIANA".

Experience

I currently have 19 dedicated years of cigar smoking and counting. I have smoked every brand of Cuban cigars and most reputable non-Cuban cigar brands on a regular basis so I know a fair bit about taste profiles, cigar etiquette and other fine nuances to cigar smoking. For 5 years, I studied with Cuban torcedores (rollers), catadores (taste testers) and revisadores (inspectors) on every aspect involving the production of the Cuban cigar and I am currently writing a book that will help beginners understand everything they need to know about cigars and cigar smoking.

Publications
Maple Leaf Gardens: Memories & Dreams 1931-1999 (1999; ISBN: 0920445616)
50 Things Every Guy Should Know How To Do (2006; ISBN: 0452286654)
The [London] Times (October 8, 2009)


Education/Credentials
B.A. University of Toronto

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Allexperts Top 25 Shortest Average Response Time: 2008-2009
Highest Rank:
- 2008 - 6th Overall, July
- 2009 - 10th Overall, February

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