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A box of Montecristo No. 2 Cuban Cigars from Havana.

Montecristo No. 2: Cuba’s Most Popular Cigar

The Montecristo brand began in 1935, when Alonso Menéndez purchased the Particulares Factory in Havana. At that time they produced two types of cigars: the Particulares and the Byron. After spending time in the factory, Menéndez decided to rename the brand “Montecristo” after the favorite book of his cigar rollers.

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Cohiba: The Story of
Castro’s Favorite Cigar

Though heads of state have sought out and smoked Cuban cigars throughout the centuries, the island’s revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro, is perhaps most closely linked with the coveted smoke. After taking power in 1959 until he gave up cigars 26 years later, Castro was rarely photographed without a cigar.

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Habano Cuban Cigars

Can You Really Buy a $100 Box of Cuban Cigars?

UPDATE: As of October 2016, you can now bring back up to 100 cigars (worth up to $800) duty-free every 31 days!

The $100 limit on Cuban cigars legally imported to the United States can put a heck of a crimp in your style if you’re a lover of fine Cuban smokes. Brands like Cohibas go for about $25 apiece and even a single Montecristo No. 2 costs about $10. But there are cigars available for just a few bucks each that will allow you to bring home a whole Cuban cigars box. 

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