Dominican Republic Cigars
After the Cuban Revolution in 1959, many of Cuba’s best tobacco farmers and blenders emigrated to regions in Central America. According to historians, the Dominican tobacco production is credited to Carlos Toraño Sr. for introducing Cuban seed from Cuba’s Vuelta Abajo region to the Dominican Republic. The Cuban seed is commonly known as “Piloto Cubano.” Ever since, Dominican cigars have been really impressive over the years, and the country has offered a real competition with Cuba in terms of selling premium cigars.
Time, water, and the sun have established a valley in Central America where the fertile soils make the perfect condition to produce some of the best cigars in the world. Each village in the Dominican has its own unique climate and soil, and therefore its own quality of tobacco.
For example, the tobacco grown in the Northwest region Villa Gonzalez, usually called La Canela, there is a rich, full-bodied tobacco. However, the Southwest village of Jacagua has the most tropical climate and the richest, most bountiful soil. Most tobacco farmers here only grow two to three acres and work their land themselves.
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