When considering the quality of a "good" cigar, it's only natural to think first about the tobacco that goes into it and very often that's the only thing considered. The best tobacco men today have been in the business for decades and travel the world buying leaf stock for their companies. Each country's cigar production has its own taste and character. Cigars are made all over the world, with tobacco grown in different soils, cured by different processes, and rolled with different techniques.
Tobacco from Brazil tends to be dark, rich and smooth with a slightly sweet
flavor. In fact, the Brazilian tobacco leaves are a deep brown after
This area of West Africa, Cameroon and Central African Republic is known for a high-quality wrapper leaf. In recent years, production has suffered from management changes and bad weather. The Cameroon leaf originated from Sumatra seed imported from Indonesia. It is prized for its neutral characteristics, which make it an ideal wrapper for full-flavored filler tobaccos. Cameroon wrappers generally are greenish-brown to dark brown, with a distinct grain, called "tooth." Dominican Republic
The quality and variety of cigar tobacco from the Dominican Republic has
improved enormously in the past 20 years. Santiago de Los Caballeros, the
second largest city located in the northwest portion of the country, close
is called the nation's "tobacco region".
Most Dominican tobacco is derived from Cuban seed varieties. Although not as strong, it is quite full-flavored and lends itself to the creation of unusually complex blends.
Dominican Cigars Ecuador
Ecuador produces quantities of high-quality tobacco, both filler and
wrapper, shade- and sun-grown. Growers there have been using both
Connecticut- and Sumatra-seed varieties. Tobacco growers in Ecuador are harvesting a large, high-quality crop of wrapper tobacco. The good harvest comes on the heels of bad crops blamed on last year's El Nińo weather phenomenon. Honduras
Honduras produces quality Cuban seed and Connecticut seed tobaccos, both
full bodied, with strong, spicy flavor and heady aroma. The Connecticut seed
is shade-grown in Honduras and is similar to Connecticut grown shade leaf
tobacco. Honduran Cigars Indonesia
Sumatra-variety tobacco comes from this series of islands that make up Indonesia. The tobacco may be referred to as Java or Sumatra. Sumatra wrapper leaves are often dark brown and have neutral flavors. The majority of wrapper leaf grown there is used in the manufacture of small cigars.
The San Andres Valley is world-famous for a sun-grown variant of Sumatra-seed tobacco. Mexican leaves are used widely as binder and filler in cigars. The variety also serves widely as a
maduro wrapper because it can stand up to the cooking and sweating process that creates the darker leaf colors. Cigars manufactured in Mexico are usually made with 100-percent local tobacco.
The companies that comprise Nicaragua's cigar industry today range from small to large; from long-time survivors of the nation's political turmoil to more recent upstarts and transplants confident with the country's newfound stability.
Nicaragua's tobacco region is still recovering from a 10-year civil war. Nicaraguan Cigars Philippines
The Philippines grows a mild tobacco that is used for cigars. The hybrid strain produced there is very aromatic.
North of Hartford, Connecticut, the Connecticut River Valley produces some
of the finest wrapper leaf tobacco in the world, Connecticut Shade. The fine
brown to brownish-yellow leaf has a high degree of elasticity, and it
creates a mild- to medium-bodied smoke; it is widely used on premium cigars.
Another variety, Connecticut Broadleaf, produces a dark, almost black leaf
that is used on maduro-style cigars.