19 September 2012
Some of the biggest cigar producing countries.....There are many countries that thrive on cigar production and for many countries in south America it is a major part of their economy. These countries include the likes of The Dominican Republic, Honduras, Mexico and The Philippines.
The Dominican Republic is responsible for the lion’s share of cigars shipped worldwide and is the largest cigar producer in the world. While their cigar making tradition runs deep, their market grew with the embargo on Cuban cigars in the 1960’s. American Cigar companies and exiled Cubans set up factories in Satiago de los Caballeros, as well as some European manufacturers joining in later on. The cigar industry boomed in the 1990’s and factories popped up everywhere in the country, however the number of factories is now back to an adequate level. Dominican cigar rollers are well trained and do their job extremely well. The cigars can be domestic or an imported type of tobacco which means they have a large variety of different types with different flavours.
Honduras is also a popular cigar producing region which started with the growing of tobacco, developed by Cuban and American companies. Many factories are located within the cities of Danli, and San Pedro Sula. Honduran Cigars are mainly exported to the USA but are getting more popular in Europe.
Mexico also has a big tobacco industry and has a diverse production because of the use of a light wrapper tobacco seed. Mexican cigars are mainly sold to the USA on the domestic market.
The Philippines is one of the biggest cigar producing countries in South East Asia that has a lengthy relationship with the cigar industry and was originally set down by the Spanish more than 100 years ago. The cigars are very mild, which some prefer, because they are easier to smoke, and some dislike for being too easy to smoke.
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