There are a lot of reasons why it is a wise move to purchase Cuban cigars from a reputable dealer. The most important and obvious reason is that you will actually get the real deal!! Many many stories have been published on-line about the dangers of purchasing Cuban cigars from street dealers in Havana, the “Duty Free Zone” out of Geneva or bogus web-sites that offer Cubans at a price that seems to be way too good to be true.
A friend of mine just got back from Havana and wanted a box of H. Upmann Magnum 48 and couldn’t get them at the Melia Cohiba Hotel. The sales staff simply smiled and said “No”, when he asked for them. He also thought that he’d be able to get different limited editions and harder to find cigars but, more often than not, these are usually shipped out of the country and distributed around the world. The Regional editions are easier to get from a licensed Habanos dealer and at the end of the day it makes more sense to get what you want, when you want it, by simply being smart.
I’ve had a lot of luck with The Vancouver Cigar Company through the years and found that a good relationship is priceless whenever you need a quality product and help with any questions you may have on the subject. Aaron and Trevor have been worth a million in prizes and I feel really lucky that I met them when I did!!!!!!!