President John F. Kennedy’s affinity for fine cigars is well-documented, with a particularly intriguing tale unfolding just hours before the imposition of the trade embargo with Cuba on February 7, 1962. It’s a story that resonates deeply with cigar aficionados: the quest for 1,200 H Upmann Petit Coronas, a testament to the timeless allure of Cuban cigars.
Kennedy’s press head, Salinger, vividly recalls being summoned one February evening in 1961, tasked with a mission that would become a legendary anecdote in the cigar world. The challenge? To secure approximately 1,000 of these prized cigars. Salinger’s overnight efforts were successful, and the following morning, he delivered the good news to President Kennedy. It was only after this confirmation that Kennedy signed the decree banning all Cuban cigars and products from entering the United States.
Fast forward to 2012, the 50th anniversary of this historical embargo, and the story of Kennedy’s Cuban cigars resurfaced, highlighting the enduring intrigue surrounding Cuban cigars and their cultural significance.
For those interested in delving deeper into the story of Kennedy and his Cuban cigars, the full interview with Salinger can be found in Cigar Aficionado Magazine.
While the story of Kennedy’s cigar escapade is a captivating piece of history, what endures is the universal appreciation for exceptional quality and craftsmanship. At The Cigar Holder, this appreciation is at the heart of everything we do. Our collection, including a variety of cigars, samplers, and cigar accessories, is carefully chosen to embody the highest standards of quality and elegance. The handcrafted cases we offer, made in Britain from exquisite Italian leather, reflect our deep commitment to luxury and tradition.