Cuba is in the Caribbean and is world famous for its high quality tobacco and cigars. Even before Columbus discovered Cuba in 1492 were all tobacco grown in Cuba by the Cohiba's a local Indian tribe. Cuba is a poor country and can hardly develop itself since the US embargo in 1962.
Most tobacco plantations are here still maintain full manual. No tractors with diesel engines but oxen pulling the plow. Everything is done here by hand and you can taste it in the finished product. Nowadays produced 180 million cigars annually, of which 90 million handmade cigars are exported abroad.
The tobacco from Cuba has an exceptionally high quality, the soil and the humid tropical climate and a centuries-old experience of growing tobacco. The tropical heat is often a mist over the fields where the tobacco grows. A natural shade deck. There are several regions in Cuba where the tobacco grows.
The famous Vuelta Abajo region in the province of Pinar Del Rio is the area at the western tip of Cuba, nestled between mountains and coast and is the largest province. It is heuveligachtig, green and lush, somewhat like Southeast Asia. The soil and climate conditions are perfect for growing tobacco, the main industry. Here, is cultivated to 70% of the Cuban tobacco. The bottom is of red, sandy clay. Full of minerals that give Cuban cigars somewhat of a salty touch. Tobacco is grown on small fields, often privately owned, although the tobacco is sold at a fixed price to the government. The fields give the landscape the image of a patchwork. Everywhere can be seen small farms and typical dry sheds. Most of the land is used in this area for the cultivation of wrapper, the other for filler and binder.
Center of the island north of Trinidad is the large tobacco field Remedios, the oldest tobacco fields of Cuba. From this area also comes in good Sigarenfabriek Elephant used in its blend. Then there are two tobacco fields near Vuelta Abajo namely Semi Vuelta, Partido. Located in the South East still Oriente, a smaller area north of Santiago de Cuba. In this area is primarily tobacco are grown for the production of cigarettes.
Because there is no export of Cuban cover or wrapper there are several countries in the world who grow tobacco with the original Cuban seed. Especially in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Honduras. Yet these tobaccos have different properties and characteristics than the tobacco grown in Cuba.
Cuban cigars stand for quality and class. Typically, the full character of a strong and relatively heavy. Precisely for this reason very suitable for the experienced smoker. They are characterized by relatively fixed rolled cigars and therefore have a considerable tensile strength. While smoking unfolds a strong spicy and earthy aroma with notes of leather with a slight peppery taste salty.