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Sales of Cuban cigars in China rose almost 40 percent last year, and Beijing's growing number of Cigar bars are capitalizing on a growing taste for foreign smokes.



● BEIJING

Eric Li dons a pair of white gloves and gets to work in an oak paneled room filled with slender boxes of cigars. A manager at Cigar Legends, Beijing's oldest cigar bar, Li's stockroom contains an a
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It is no exaggeration to say that the fertile soil in Pinar del R*o, Cuba, produces a slow-burning, richly flavored tobacco that is the envy of the world.

Cuba's best-paid workers roll the cured leaves themselves into cigars branded Cohiba, Montecristo, and Partagás, luxury brands as coveted by amateurs as the Champagnes of the world or the single malt whiskeys of Scotland.

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