For what you're talking about I'd get a $100 surprise pack here: http://smallbatchcigar.com/smallbatchmixes-c-131.html (you'll get 10 excellent cigars).
For storage, you need constant humidity. A plastic container with a good seal isn't fancy but is best because it holds humidity better than a wood humidor. I'd get this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YHT1UFY/ - it will be the right size for the cigars and comes with humidity packs. If the humidity packs come in plastic bags, take them out, and then insert them under the perforated false bottom of the box (see photos on the Amazon page), then unpack the cigars, keep them in the box and keep it closed. The humidifiers are good until they no longer feel soft - they should last a year or more. This is more expensive than my usual solution, which is Boveda humidity packs in a Tupperware container, but looks nicer and makes a better gift.
DON’T DO THIS^
Get some of these.
Choose any RH that you prefer. They control the RH with a two-way process that will either absorb or release water depending on the need of the container. Also, some people recharge them with distilled water. I haven’t tried that yet.
yes, a straight razor.
This container + this tray for less than $35. The container can hold 2 trays stacked if you want it to.
Some very questionable blends you have there. Use these to learn how to cut, light, draw, and generally learn how to smoke a cigar, then move up from here. The Ron Mexico for example is made as a joke cigar and is absolutely horrible. The others I am not at all familiar with. If there is a tip that helped me most in this hobby when starting out it was this: Smoking cigars is not a cheap hobby. If you try to make it one, you're really just scratching the surface of the enjoyment you can get from cigars.
Just buy the butane insert if you want to use a zippo
It’s 15 bucks, and then you can have the deign you want and use butane. Problem solved
While a Xikar travel humidor is the most common, Amazon has very similar products that you can upgrade the size of for the same price as a small Xikar
Small one: https://www.amazon.com/Humi-care-M-CIO3470-Herf-a-Dor-Travel-Humidor/dp/B00KU7HXNU
I got a much larger one for $40 on Amazon, and that's the cost of my tiny Xikar
Next time you need cherries, do your self a huge favor and try a jar of these
They are amazing cherries and you will be surprised what a difference they will make in the cocktail.
Along with 65rh Boveda bags. You don't even need a hyrometer. Just trust the Boveda, yet they are inexpensive.
Thanks. I'm from Chicago, so the weather should start turning better in March and I can go outside again.
I'm using the Honeywell HPA 300
Thanks for the blessings. It is actually my son who serves. He got this for me at the Fort Leonard Wood PX. I found it on Amazon though, https://www.amazon.com/CSB-Military-Bible-Green-LeatherTouch/dp/1433651769#
You need to stop by Matrinez Cigars, 171 W 29th St New York, NY 10001. I have had at least one of all of their blends and I really enjoy them. Plus watch this video It is what made me place my first order.
I initially thought it couldnt be done, but the solution was actually embarrassingly simple. I wish the same principles applied to make it wider, but no.
EDIT: obligatory shop plug
Why not get a tuppedor? I bought a Sistema (sp?)off of Amazon and it works just fine with a boveda in it.
If you smoke that infrequently then I wouldn't bother having a humidor at all. Just buy from B&M as Sliceoflife suggested.
If you do want a worry free experience, buy one of these acrylic jars and put your cigars in there with a large boveda pack (either 65% or 69%). This is about as hassle free as it gets. I have this set up and I haven't even had to change out my boveda in about 1 year.
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Go for a Tupperdor instead of the Humidor - a lot easier to maintain.
Sistema Klip It tupperware container from Amazon is a perfect size.. If you want better organization, you can pair it with a Spanish Cedar Tray - it fits right inside. Get some Boveda Packs (65% or 69%) and a good hygrometer (I recommend a digital one) and you're all set.
Before you pull the trigger, Amazon has it for less $554 vs. $498
I use a pretty cheap tri flame butane torch lighter I found on Amazon. Works really well regardless of weather.
Vertigo by Lotus Cyclone Triple Torch Cigar Lighter Charcoal 2 Pack https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LJVW0FW?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf
Edit: lol I think this might be exactly what you have.
Tupperware and trays, you can also get bovedas from Amazon or most places that sell cigars.
The pupperdor is a gofund business with the following timeline "As we start to approach our fixed goal - production will begin!" They are currently at 3.6% so would be faster to buy your own parts.
The "PerfecDraw" is another one, albeit a little more expensive.
I don't nub with it but I have used it to open up the draw on a couple cigars and it works great.
So in a thread about wineadors I mentioned to /u/sequenc3 that someone should make a brochure to hand out to significant others on the importance of owning a wineador, and it turns out he has a printing shop. “Hey, put together a PDF and I’ll print out some brochures and send them your way.” Well I did, and my wife couldn’t stop laughing at it… HOWEVER, yesterday she asked if I really wanted one and we’re now in talks. Here’s the PDF,
/u/sequenc3 is awesome, and even sent me some extra copies. Thanks Justin!
I'd never been to DX.com, so I checked it out just now. The first thing I noticed after the questionably cheap electronics was this lobotomy tool.
A 9.6 Cup Rubbermaid Brilliance and 2x 60g Boveda packs in either 65%rH or 69% rH will run about $25 US. The box is about $13 and the Boveda about $12. It will hold in the 25-30 cigar range depending on sizes. Easier than an inexpensive traditional box. Add another when you need more storage.
Keep them in a out of the sunlight or too much light place of consistent temperature (preferably 74F or lower.)
If any of you are so inclined to check it out here is the link to it. If not, that's cool too. It was just fun working on it. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B093C62BW9/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_fabc_ANB6X0JF1G1RNH4AN0KM?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Get yourself this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00284AG5U/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabt1_1WlUFbXP3ZSAA
And this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077KVC1VY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabt1_3XlUFb2CFDPXA
Throw your boveda in the Tupperware directly with your cigars and you’ll be good to go
Dude. This right here is my EDC. Very comfortable and well made knife. It's also got a "speedsafe" assisted opening. Very smooth action.
If you don't find anything from anyone else, I might be willing to order it on amazon for you!
I'd say buy before you go. One less thing to worry about while you are there!
Since you have a week, I'd go grab a Sistema Klip-it. You don't have to use this brand, but they are my favorites to use as a "tupperdor": the clips are a separate piece (as opposed to a living hinge), the gasket can be removed for cleaning, and they stack very nicely. You can find them on Amazon (where I linked) or The Container Store. I have one of the 2L/67.6oz ones and two of the 3L/101oz ones. The former can hold about 25 cigars depending on size and the latter can hold 40-45 or so.
You'll also want to get a Boveda pack to hold humidity. You can get them on Amazon as well, but they can be found at local stores for cheaper (at least for me).
Then you'll be all set, just add cigars.
I hope this helps!
Sounds like you just need to recharge the Boveda Packs. Take a paper towel and dampen it with Distilled Water. Wrap the towel around the Boveda Packs and place them both into a small Tupperware container. In 24 hours, the pack will be like new.
This is the first I have heard about putting a ziplock bag around Tupperware Sounds like you don't trust your Tupperware.
Amazon as I am a Prime Member and get free shipping.
It's perfect for the times I use it. In my basement I keep a bigger ashtray permanently, and this small one I keep in a cigar box with my lighters, cutters and PerfecDraw tool so when I go to the porch I have it on hand. It has enough weight to not get blown around on a windy day and has a felt bottom which is nice. This is it on Amazon, though it was $11 when I bought it. I don't know about the other models available but I imagine they're all very similar.
While I own a PerfecDraw and would never want to be without it, I also use small wooden skewer when I don't want to remove any tobacco, but want to push an opening to obtain a better draw. I never do this when the cigar is not warm, as it can crack the wrapper though. Works well for a nubber too, but I have a one of those as well.
I don't have a +, so I'm ineligible to win, however if you get the opportunity to read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance you won't regret it.
Robert Pirsig crafts a story about a road trip taken by motorcycle with his son Chris. Throughout the book he has these 'Chautauquas' where the narrator goes through different philosophical topics in a logical and informative manner that really challenges the reader. Part road trip novel, part mystery, part philosophy. This book will change you whether you want to or not.
I didn't see a reason why I couldn't make a video so I made a tesa teaser (commercial thing?). Sadly I didn't get to enjoy the cigar long before I had to run out to dinner for my wife's birthday, but what I had of it convinced me to get more now.
https://vimeo.com/m/86278737 Password: rcigars
Note: if in HD, the tesa logo looks funny in their window. However, full screen is fine and non-hd is fine. :)
Hope you guys like it!
To me, it sounds like your hygrometer is off. With the salt test, it should have read 75%, and if it's only reading %50, it is indeed way off. Spend a few bucks on a digital one. They're way more reliable and they're pretty cheap (< $20). I think your humidor should be fine, but you may want to try the dollar bill test to make sure it's got a good seal. But I honestly think the problem lies with your hygrometer. Throw your cigars in your humi with a boveda pack or two and get yourself a digital hygrometer. (you should be able to find the boveda packs and a digital hygrometer at your local cigar store)
Cigar starter kit, has some CI sticks but pretty cheap.
According to the nurses after my son was born, smoke on clothes, car seats and other fabric can have the same potential ill effects as second hand. Basically it's smoke though touch, not inhalation.
Here's an article from the Mayo Clinic. Not trying to preach, just share the info I was given.
Every couple of months this pops up. Sloppy won't be putting it on the Chrome store for various reasons, and there is a workaround:
I'm running it right now on the latest version of chrome, no problems.
what do you think? I think it's better than the reddit one... but it's up to you guys.. if you like it I will put more effort into it.
No. Not a sufficient seal. Just get a tupperdore as they work the best and are inexpensive.
A below average blend, and if you happen to be smoking it at an rh level in the high sixties, this can occur. When you get your cigars, let them rest in a humidor for a good month or two- 65rh is now much more the norm and recommended by most. Down the line you may wish to invest in what is called the PerfecDraw as well.
Also, in general, stay away from the Cuban heritage blends and focus on the better blenders that are out there. I'll toss a blend out there for ya, the Illusione Epernay.
I usually carry on an inexpensive "Bic" style non-torch butane lighter.
Then put a SOTO "torch converter" into my checked luggage. The converter has no fuel reservoir, is allowable as an "empty lighter" in checked baggage.
See the rules here: https://www.faa.gov/hazmat/packsafe/resources/media/Airline_Passengers_Lighters_Faq.pdf
Guys balk at purchasing one of these thinking they're a bit too expensive for that it is, but an essential and there is no better alternative.
This right here works great. I'm ~~not~~ now using a mixture of of a couple of containers off amazon and I just rinse them out with some baking soda with a little water then let them air out a bit.
I'm using these and these and they both work great. I really like the little ones for singles because it's a perfect shape.
A few bux outside your range but definitely worth the money:
It can be found cheaper - shop around.
Looking at the cheaper ones on Amazon - they're so unreliable I would not bother.
Search "Tupperdor" on Amazon. Should get a few hits.
This Sistema Tupperware Box fits two of these Cedar Trays
Add a Hygrometer and some Boveda Packs and you're good to go...
It looks like an Inkbird Hygrometer. Based on picts on Amazon the first number is temp and the second is humidity.
Thanks! I just got the lighter on Amazon. I've only used it the one time, so I can't really recommend it yet, but it lit the cigar so it's got that going for it lol.
Man, you need a PerfecDraw. And in the event I don't need to remove any tobacco, but just need to move a little out of the way after the cigar has expanded and moistened a bit, I use one of these.
I was going to comment on the Cigar holder thing, but apparently it's not what I thought it was. People use these?
I just finished a spreadsheet on Google Docs. It's far from complete, but it's a start. Hopefully people can make use of it. Link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AvY74JuAccscdHlRY0NpN0I2TTFTVnhEVFZNQ0UtWEE
I was thinking of getting something like this.
The reality is I don't really need to know my humidor info everywhere I go; I just need to have that information somewhere I frequent (kitchen? Fridge?) so I can know if I need to do any maintenance.
It is spelled correctly, it just isn’t the correct word to use. Warrantee is the person receiving the warranty ie the customer.
“someone who is given a warranty by a company or another person” https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/warrantee
Formatting can be a pain when posting. You might want to check out RES, it makes it a bit easier.
You have some great cigars to try on your list.
You might look into http://www.ifttt.com (if this then that).
Has a lot of coding "recipes".
This one might work. Just depends on how many items your wanting to follow.
i did find these: leather travel humidor $30
Brookstone wine carrier $120 ... but this doesn't look as good as the Tommy or Margaritaville case that a zipper and a bottle opener inside the lid.
Sure thing! If you're interested in our "introductory" communication from 2013, it can be found at the publisher or as a preprint on Scribd. We're shooting have some stuff on cytocompatibility, in vivo arterial biocompatibility, and alloys out in the next 12-18 months.
First-class postage through USPS. Shipments up to 13oz. You can send 6-10 cigars to pretty much anywhere for about $2.60.
You don't get the other benefits of the Flat Rate (priority) service, but it's cheap and I haven't had any problems in my shipments. Plus, it seems to arrive just as fast as the priority shipments (2-3 days from coast to coast).
I use this link to buy the service (you need a scale though for the weight). https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_ship-now
Dunno about that, never been in Mexico myself. However this is what I found from tripadvisor:
edit: spelling etc
Exact location Aside from my clumsy damp hands damaging the wrap (no effect on the smoke) this was as good as it gets! Literally every aspect from wrap and presentation to smoke and complexity was incredible. I will be getting a box of these at some point! edit: link not working right, the lake is just NW of Snowbank Lake
Here's some pictures. The last one is the included humidifier. You can see the reservoir is full. The pads kind of behind the mesh area are I believe how it is supposed to be humidifying.
If you want to clear this adware then you have to clear the extensions from your internet browsers (normally found under options).
Then go to your control panel then add/remove programs and uninstall any adware (conduit it bundled with a bunch of crapware)
Then run malware bytes, then restart, then run adwcleaner and a final restart.
May be a bit overkill (definatly need to reset your homepage and run adwcleaner) but removes the software.
Conduit really is a scummy company
Hello new guy,
There's an incredible amount of knowledge and information in our wiki and even more from the old dudes on the Hangout. What I did when I just started was really listen to the guys talk on the hangout and see what their opinions were, and asked questions. Stupid questions, great questions, and really really stupid questions were all well taken and answered, so don't fret there's plenty to learn and plenty to teach!
Sounds like you made big mistake. Tap water is a never. Distilled water is okay. Boveda Packs are your absolute best option.
There’s great advice here. It’s very easy to get frustrated when starting with cigars. Stay with us & you’ll find it is very rewarding when you light up a smoke.
Get boveda 60gram 65% & get an airtight tuppedor from Amazon to begin your cigar journey. You can get two boveda packs & will do the job.
More storage: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NMRDQRM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_JMFHKNWFWRKCJP7KV3B2
Less storage: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00284AG5U/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_5K4V7256YS6PH257WTA2
As beautiful as cedar humidors are. You are going to have a much frustrating experience & delayed smoking experience when starting out. Buy tupperdor & boveda pack & you can start right away. Once you spend some time with us & studying the different ways to store cigars then you can go any direction; cedar humidor, wineador, igloo coolers, & a few others.
Lastly throw in a calibrated hygrometer in the tuppedor.
You don't mention the humidity level you keep your cigars at and this is the most important factor. Their leaves are thick, so a max of 65rh is something I strongly recommend. Six to eight months is plenty of time for them to settle. Often I find the plug or difficult draw as you speak of doesn't come from deep in the cigar, but very close to the cap. Using a PerfecDraw to pull out a little tobacco and open a few air channels can give a draw a drastic improvement.
I use these with boveda packs and keep my boxes in them.
It was on sale for $10. It's $15 now, still not bad though. It has a rubber seal so it holds humidity perfect.
Stinky Cigar makes a great “car ashtray” https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BDS62JQ/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_9SRYZTHM8XZ46VBHCZTZ that I have and really enjoy for by the pool, in the convertible, etc. I put a small rock in the bottom of mine for stability, but overall it’s nice.
Otherwise, I’ll use a solo cup or the like at a party. Put a little water in the bottom to prevent smoldering ash from melting or burning through.
Cheap the damn things don’t break and even if it does you have 2 more. I’ve had one banging around in my gold bag for a couple years, I don’t get out much but it’s there if I forget one or if someone’s goes dead on them as a backup
Govee makes a nice one that’s like 1” x 1” and not expensive. I’ve tried their larger ones that were WiFi but they weren’t as accurate. I’ve had mine for a few years now and have been very happy with it (and batteries last a long time)!
I've got two humidors, two tupidors, and my overflow goes in these:
im at work and have not watched that video....
but the gist is a thin piece of cedar lit on fire and used to light your cigar.
since im amazon guy today lol
amazon says folks buy this a lot for cigars. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00284AG5U along with this https://www.amazon.com/Mantello-Spanish-Adjustable-Divider-Humidors/dp/B079V3KYT7
thats for a tupperador obv buy which ever size fits your need.
I would invest in a new hygrometer. From what I've heard those analog ones aren't great.
I use a Govee hygrometer that has bluetooth connectivity. So I can monitor the temp/rh through the app without needing ever needing to open up the humidor. The one in my link comes in 2-pack and the slightly less fancy version is only a dollar less (depends on coupon savings).
The app is really useful because you can see high, low and average temp/rh; over the past hour, day, week, month and year.
They’re the biokips large tubs, they work great, and a good price as well! One benefit of not being able to have a large humidor is if you need to, you can have separate humidity levels for different cigars in these.
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I hang it from the support pole from my ice tent and crack the door open. Works great w/ a long charge.
Get two of these.
They fit perfectly in the op tupperware from sistema.
Wipe them down with distilled water and a clean cloth a couple times then throw your bovedas in and wait until the humidity is stable (few days? Week?). Then just put your sticks in. Voila.
Cedar is good for humidity recovery after opening your tupperware every now and then.
Don't have much disposable income but think you might be able to fill a 100-200 count Humidor!?
Anyways, I will put out another recommendation for the Tupperdor. I have two Sistema Klip It pieces. They aren't the cheapest food storage, but I like the removable gasket and the fact that the clips are separate pieces as opposed to molded into the lid with a living hinge. I have the 2L and 3L, which hold around 30 and 50 cigars respectively. 50 cigars in the 3L is literally maximum capacity, including a 60g Boveda and a thin sheet of Spanish cedar at the bottom.
Other than Amazon, The Container Store has them as well for about the same price.
They can also be reused as, you know, actual food storage if/when you upgrade.
Oh, and when you open them they still smell fantastic.
Edit: I just noticed that u/siacn linked to the exact same brand but the larger size!
Sistema Klip-It: Available on Amazon and at The Container store, they feature clips that are separate pieces (rather than using a living hinge) and have a removable gasket you can clean. I have one 2L size and two 3L sizes. The 2L size holds about 25 cigars and the 3L holds about 50, size dependent of course. If you plan to have anything longer than a Churchill, you might want to look at the larger sizes. They also stack very nicely.
The Container Store Weathertight Totes These use a foam compression seal, so they technically aren't completely air or water tight, but they are pretty beefy. They are not expensive, with even the largest being about $21. /u/has_no_karma made a turotial on how to set up a ~300 cigar system using for a total finished cost of under $70, which included organization and humidification.
My wife got me one of those for Christmas bless her heart. ~~Less than that on Amazon with Prime shipping~~. 64.99 + 9.98 S&H I sealed the "glass" (it's plexiglass) and currently seasoning it.
Gift from wife and it will be displayed proudly, otherwise I would have never bought one of these myself though.
edit - Also what are the keys for? No lock on mine or this one lol!
i think you just answered your own problem there man, old and shitty hygrometer, it may just be the problem get a new one from amazon hygrometer and while you are at it get a tupperdor from amazon as well just throw in a boveda pack and you are gucci. Inexpensive and you don't have to worry about a leaky wooden humidor or if the seal is bad as the tupperdor have a pretty good seal.
Buy this tupperware or find something similar and then go to your local B&M and buy a couple of 65% Boveda Packs and stick them in there and you are good to go. You have an inexpensive humidor. Also you could always "borrow" one from your mom or whoever as long as it has an airtight seal it will work. The boveda packs are easy and relatively cheap. Here is a 4 pack from Amazon that you could buy at the same time as the above tupperware if you can't "borrow" someones
Not OP, But I have a similar one that's from Amazon. It's a rubber material so it's pretty light and flexes when you need to clean it out
Boveda is a 2 way humidification system, meaning it will add humidity when there isn't enough and remove excess when there's too much. You can buy them at most cigar shops and Amazon
Depending on the size of your humidor you will need multiple. They suggest 1 for the humidor itself and 1 for every 25 cigars. I also add a couple more on top of their suggestion so they last longer/don't have to work as hard.
Also depending on the seal of the humidor you may want to use 69% instead of 65%. You won't really know until you've had the humidor set up for a while so probably start with 69%.
Zone - 365 Hygrometer with Digital Thermometer Humidity and Temperature Monitoring. Active Color LCD Touch Screen Switching Between C & F https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079252KWH/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_8SmZBb8D0A2K5
Found on Amazon it actually will show you trends as far as if your humidity has risen or fallen. Really cool find.
Got them from Amazon. I have the inkbird hygrometer on the maduro jars and some cheapo Chinese brand hygrometer for my Connecticut jars.
I love cigars and coffee. Currently working through a sampler from Cigars international.
Latest cigar was a 5 Vegas Series A 6x50
Paired Coffee was a Vietnamese 3 in 1 coffee (normally I'm a black coffee person)
I get this stuff at Pacific Ocean Market in Denver (not amazon) and mix 2 sachets with 10oz of boiling water.
The vertigos. 2 for $17 on Amazon. Good price point and very dependable. Had mine for over 2 years now. The only downside I found is that sometimes the little screw on some of them comes loose between the top and the tank. Easy to tighten back up with a small screwdriver like one that comes in those eye glass repair kits.
Hahahaha I had the same reaction! I had no idea they were infused. Pulled it out of the Celo and was met with that horrible smell. I decided to light it up anyway because I'm not against infused cigars. Needless to say I am now.
It’s obviously not the highest end torch, but bought this 2 pack a few months ago and they have been very solid. Refilled each of them a few times already without issue.
I'm reading Washington: A Life, by Ron Chernow. Just trying to imagine what it was like to live during a time when extraordinary men were leaders.
50 shades is too softcore for me.
Kudos for the cojones for wanting to join in the crowded field of cigar review blogging. There are a large number of sites doing reviews that have a lot of experience and many, many cigars under their belt but I can see there being a need for the perspective of a newbie as they learn to really appreciate cigars.
That being said, I scanned your site and have some comments that you really need to take to heart. I only say these things to help out a BOTL and just so you know where I am coming from I actually get paid to smoke and write about cigars.
You seem to have two categories of cigars: Leather and earth or coffee and spice and cocoa, although you also combine these. I can tell you right now on the surface almost every cigar can be described as having these flavors (you can add cedar to the list). Readers are looking for the real nuances, the almost intangible hints and impressions that separate dog rockets from good cigars and good cigars from the great. This ability only comes from smoking a lot of cigars and developing a palate. When I started writing about them I had already smoked north of 250 different types of cigars and I still learn something with each new one.
Your writing/editing skills need a lot of work. This includes spelling, grammar, punctuation, and word choice. Start with a basic style guide (Strunk and White's The Elements of Style is a good choice) so you can start creating more coherent reviews. Also, the best way to write better is to read more.
Again, I hope you understand I am only trying to help. Good luck with your site and keep smoking and writing.
I do it all the time. You can take 25 cigars per adult into Mexico. http://www.aduanas.gob.mx/aduana_mexico/2010/Descargas/DECLARACION_ADUANAS_INGLES_18102010.pdf
You can find legit habanos at casa de habano in Tijuana. I have never been to this one but the reviews look GTG. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g150776-d8679180-Reviews-La_Casa_del_Habano-Tijuana_Baja_California.html
I doubt you'll get someone who has had them. For tourists and aficionados, they are the perfect combination of hard to come by and absolutely garbage quality. I have known one person who acquired some from a local with pocket change or something on a visit and said they were awful. That said, at about $0.04, even at Cuba's falsely inflated exchange rate, you'd have a hard time saying you aren't getting what you paid for.
Also, TripAdvisor says they are machine made. That article seems to romanticize them a bit, though.
I just ran a query against my completed auction database that the history tool (in the sidebar) is based on for 1 dollar auctions.. and sure enough there were 11000 results returned. Not much good stuff from what I can see but heres the list. Its a straight dump from the database, so its just a list.. but youll get the idea.
I was thinking "Damn, that's a nice Opus single cigar tray.... maybe I'll treat myself to a $100 ashtray"
Yeah... I was wrong about the $100 part.