Outside of the major regions involved in tobacco cultivation and cigar production, there are a number of secondary locations that produce high quality tobacco that is used in a...
Outside of the major regions involved in tobacco cultivation and cigar production, there are a number of secondary locations that produce high quality tobacco that is used in a variety of cigars.
The rich soil of Ecuador can be used to raise a number of different tobacco seeds, but the most prized among them is the Ecuadorian Sumatra leaf, used as a bold, flavorful wrapper. Our recommendations: Ashton VSG, My Father The Judge, and Rocky Patel Decade.
Toasty, woody, and spicy – these are the words used to describe the delicate Cameroon wrapper. A lovely shade of red, this toothy (i.e. bumpy with rich oil deposits) tobacco leaf is used to give cigars exotic flavor and aroma. Our recommendations: Rocky Patel Vintage 2003, Nirvana Cameroon, and Arturo Fuente Don Carlos.
Indonesia may have birthed the Sumatra wrapper, but Ecuador perfected it. Still, some cigars feature Indonesia-grown Sumatra wrappers. Curious about the original flavor? Grab a Romeo y Julieta 1875 and have yourself a little cigar adventure!
Brazil isn’t a leading tobacco region, but its leaf has made it into one of the best cigars of all time (Drew Estate’s Liga Privada No. 9 features a Brazilian Mata Fina binder), so it’s worth learning about. The stalk-cut leaf grown in Brazil is used to make maduro and even oscuro tobacco. It’s got a potent earthy aroma and smooth, rich flavor. If you can’t score a Liga Privada No. 9, try a Kristoff Ligero Maduro, CAO Brazilia, or Nub Maduro.