Friday, March 23, 2007

Coming soon! Better Dominican wrapper leaf

Since they first began growing Cuban-seed tobacco in the Dominican Republic, one of the toughest challenges for master cigar blenders has been trying to grow a really good wrapper leaf that would result in creating a Dominican "puro." That is, a cigar blended with tobaccos all from the same country.

Perhaps the biggest Dominican puro success story have been the Fuente Fuente OpusX cigars, developed by Carlos "Carlito" Fuente Jr. More recently, Daniél Nuñez of General Cigar introduced the Partagas Cifuentes Winter Blend cigars, which sport an all Dominican-grown filler, binder and wrapper. The result is an extraordinary cigar. I ranked the Cifuentes Winter Blend "Enero" as one of the best new cigars of 2006.

In 2003, Tabacalera La Aurora introduced their Cien Años premium cigars series, an all Dominican leaf blend created by José Blanco. Although a bit on the pricey side, this exquisite luxury cigar is also one of the best cigars I've had the pleasure of putting to my lips.

In an article that appeared today on www.CigarCyclopedia.com, titled "Better Cigars Are On The Way," José Blanco talks about how he and his team developed their unique Dominican wrapper:

"Last year’s crop was supposed to be the 'crop of the crop,'" said Señor Blanco, “But this year’s crop is as good as last year’s . . . really!"

If you're interested in reading the entire article, you can do so by clicking here. I think you'll find it very enlightening. Check it out.

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