Written by Puff Staff

Monday, 14 March 2011

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Avenues to Cuba continue to expand


It's not time to book your cigar adventure to Cuba just yet, but some positive changes are taking place that could make it a real possibility in the future. Earlier in the year, President Obama promised that travel restrictions to Cuba would be lessened. That promise has come true, as U.S. Customs and Border Protection has just authorized nine more airports to host flights to Cuba.

Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, San Juan, and Tampa are the nine airports that received authorization. They join Miami, New York, and Los Angeles as the dozen airports across the United States that are eligible to host Cuban flights. Key West and Orlando applied for permission, but were not accepted.

While the addition of the new Cuba-friendly airports is a step in the right direction for travel to the island nation, restrictions on who can travel still remain in place. Cuban exiles with relatives living there can travel freely. Religious groups, performers, humanitarian workers, athletes, journalists, and some professionals are also among those that are allowed to visit. Whether or not the existing restrictions on Cuban travel are lifted remains to be seen. If they do change, you can bet that many cigar lovers will be booking flights to sample the many cigars the nation has to offer.

XIKAR reduces prices on its HC Series cigars


You may recognize XIKAR for its various cigar accessories in the form of cutters, lighters, cases, humidors, and more, but the company produces cigars as well. If you are already a fan of its HC Series, there's some good news. XIKAR has decided to cut the price of the highly-rated HC by 18 percent. The decrease in cost means that you will now be able to find the cigar at around $6 to $8 per single.

The price drop was announced in a press release by XIKAR. Jerry Dear, XIKAR's Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said the price was dropped to make the HC Series appealing to more customers. Since so many cigar prices have skyrocketed due to increased taxes, an actual price decrease comes as a nice surprise. Despite the lowered price, Scott Almsberger, XIKAR's Vice President of Product Development, promises that the blend and quality of the HC Series will not be changed.

The HC Series comes in three different versions. The first comes with an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper and is offered in five sizes. The second comes in four sizes and has a Nicaraguan Shade Grown Criollo wrapper. The final HC Series version comes in six sizes and has a Nicaraguan Habano Colorado wrapper. Of the three, the Criollo and Habano Colorado versions have received the most critical acclaim.
















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