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10th October 2017Mother Country: The Homes of the Most Popular Cigars
Ever wondered what gives cigars from different regions such varied flavours? It has a lot to do with climate and the soil the tobacco plant is grown in. In this blog, we take a look at the top 4 most popular cigar regions, the characteristics you’ll find in cigars from each region and what makes each place so conducive to growing tobacco for cigars.
Strong, dark, rich flavours are produced in tropical Honduras. After leaving Cuba, the famous Cuban seed Corojo was first raised in Honduras and has since produced many delicious cigars featuring robust earthy notes, drawn from the fertile Honduran soil. After having endured natural disasters and a bout of vegetation plague in the past century, the Honduran tobacco crop has recovered and, to this day, produces cigars with full-bodied flavour.
The verdant, damp conditions in Nicaragua provide a great environment for growing cigar tobacco, which was taken advantage of after the Cuban revolution by some of the finest Cuban cigar rollers who left their home. In a Nicaraguan cigar, you can expect a powerful spicy palate. Most of the best cigars of Nicaragua can be traced back to roots in Cuba, which is why they are able stand up against the best of the premium bunch.
- Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic (DR) was the original grower of cigar tobacco. The traditional light, smooth flavour is influenced by the tropical climate and is the reason for such a distinction in taste. Recently, due to the offset between supply and demand, new strands have been cultivated in the DR that are far more powerful than cigar-lovers are used to from this region.
Cuba is undoubtedly the most famous and popular country for cigar production. The flavour of a rich Cuban is unmistakable and the region is renowned for producing high-quality cigars, with most connoisseurs giving Cuba the high esteem of producing the best cigars in the world. Cuba was the first place to cultivate premium cigar tobacco so will always be revered as the leader in the field. Not only does Cuba house some of the oldest premium cigar manufacturers, the island’s soil and climate provide the optimal atmosphere to produce high quality cigar leaves. This is the case particularly for the wrapper leaves, which are considered the most important part of the cigar and give the cigar most of its flavour.
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