What if the world's best wine or movie were illegal in the United States?
Luckily for bons vivants, that's not the case with most finer things. But cigar connoisseurs now find themselves in a bind.
Cigar Aficionado unveiled its top cigar of 2013 at the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday—a Montecristo No. 2—and it's beyond the reach of law-abiding U.S. citizens. It's rolled in Havana, Cuba.
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"This is a cigar that connoisseurs love," Cigar Aficionado editor Gordon Mott told "Squawk on the Street." "It ages well. It performed throughout all our blind tastings ... perfectly."
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Why did the magazine name a cigar from a country prohibited from trading with the United States since the 1960s?
"We at Cigar Aficionado have a global audience, so we rate cigars available worldwide," Mott answered.
—By CNBC's Jeff Morganteen. Follow him on Twitter at
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