(1) As of late October 2016, it became legal to purchase Cuban cigars from outside the US and have them brought into, or mailed into, the US. It remains, however, illegal to sell Cuban cigars within the US. (2) Just how good are Cuban cigars? Prior to the year 2000, every cigar that CIGAR AFICIONADO magazine rated 95 or higher was Cuban! So are Cuban cigars still that good? Since the year 2000, six different Cuban cigars have been rated 95, 96 or 97 (none rated higher than 97). But since the year 2000, 24 different non-Cuban cigars have been rated 95, 96 or 97 (none rated higher than 97).