30 January 2017
Cigars From Around the World
Cigars are a notably, premium way for smoking tobacco. Unlike your average cigarette you don’t inhale and it’s all about the flavour that sits in your mouth. Although originating in America, tobacco is now being grown all around the world and depending on where your tobacco has been grown, you’ll get a totally different smoking experience. The tobacco itself will vary in colour, flavour and texture. Find more about the cigars which have grown in different countries around the world, including Havana Cigars:
Argentina grows dark air-cured tobacco in the provinces of Misiones and Corrientes, and flue-cured tobacco in the area of Salta. These tobaccos are mainly for cigarettes but Corrientes is appreciated for short filler cigars because of its smooth flavour.
Brazil is now one of the largest world's tobacco producers; known for their rich and full bodied cigars without the overbearing flavour. The area of Bahia is known as the CenterPoint for producing handmade cigars which are often considered the best in the world for good aroma and burning.
The Connecticut Valley (Northeast of the USA), is well known for its bright yellow cigar wrapper. Because of a very hot and sunny summer, the tobacco is shade grown. This is achieved by covering the fields in white sheeting, which prevents sun damage, whilst large barns assist in the curing stages.
Tobacco grows all across Cuba. Premium Havana cigars are made out of tobacco coming from the West province of Vuelta Abajo, where the best raw tobacco is harvested. In Central and East Cuba, the provinces of Remedios and Oriente yield tobacco produce lesser premium tobacco gat create ‘the average’ Cuban quality cigar.
Dominican Republic is also a traditional tobacco-growing country. In the 1960's, a Cuban seeds were introduced and the resulting tobacco (Piloto Cubano) is now known as a good substitute of the Cuban tobacco. Piloto Cubano is a full bodied tobacco but is not considered as aromatic as other tobaccos. Blended with Olor dominicano, which is more aromatic, Piloto Cubano makes the 100% Dominican cigar a very acceptable option for a premium cigar lover.
Dark air cured tobaccos are produced in Mexico is areas such as Veracruz and Tampico provinces, on the East Coast. Mexican tobacco is very dark and only the best leaves can be used to create maduro wrappers. Ecuador however, is the ideal place to source the perfect cigar wrappers; being located right on the Equator. The rich soil and cloudy skies create the conditions to create full, thin and light leaves.