The fact that this is a genuine Cuban cigar, rare and sought after because it's illegal to import in the US, does not concern us here. What matters is that the case is made of aluminum, a metal whose history parallels the future of Cuban cigars. At one time aluminum too was rare and sought after, so much so that royalty had tableware made of it rather than boring old silver. But then a process was invented to refine it easily, and almost overnight it became cheap and common. Similarly, as soon as a processes is invented to reconcile the insane standoff between the US and Cuba, Cuban cigars will become cheap and common, cashing in their cache until you can buy them at Target for 39 cents, Castro is a distant memory, and the only Cuban Missile Crisis is when one of their pitchers inevitably acquires that nickname.
Source: Ethan Currens
Contributor: Ethan Currens
Acquired: 25 April, 2006
Text Updated: 19 November, 2007