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Filler: A Regional Guide
Written by James Payne

Wednesday, 04 February 2009

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Article Index
1. Filler: A Regional Guide
2. Cuba
3. Jamaica

Cuba

Everyone knows about Cuban cigars. You ask a non-smoker where the best cigars come from, and they will tell you Cuba, without hesitation – and without real knowledge. Whether this is true today, is a matter of opinion. Most people would say yes, but how much longer that will be the case is up to debate. And as always, personal preference is the final determining factor.

Tobacco in Cuba is controlled by the government. Because of this, every part of the cigar in Cuba is made in Cuba…the wrapper, the filler, and of course, the binder. They do not use blended tobacco as other countries do.

In Northern Cuba is a place known as Vuelta Abajo – perhaps you have heard of it? If not, you certainly will. It is the spot for growing tobacco in Cuba, producing what is considered the best plant in the world. Well-famed for its wrappers, Vuelta Abajo grows several types of tobacco, and if you ever get a chance to get your hands on a cigar with this filler, heed my advice: enjoy it. It can be a once in a lifetime experience.

Regions in Cuba include Partido and Pinar Del Rio, among others.

 

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Dominican Republic

One of the best spots in the world right now for tobacco is the Dominican Republic. One day it may even overtake Cuba as the world’s finest cigar maker. This is not by happenstance; it is one of the islands where ousted Cuban cigar makers found sanctuary, and their practices have helped cultivate the industry to this day.

Known for spicy tobacco, Cibao Valley is the most famous region in the Dominican Republic. Some of the other areas are Santo Domingo and Puerto Plata. In this rich, fertile ground grows to types of tobacco: Olar and Piloto Cubano.

 

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Honduras

Native Honduras tobacco is known for high nicotine content and a very strong taste. Known more for its filler than wrappers or binders, Honduras, like the Dominican Republic has benefited from exiled Cuban tobacco gurus. In recent years Honduras has begun to make smoother, milder cigars, as regulations have been dropped, allowing them to import (and export as well) tobacco from other countries.

San Pedro Sula is a popular region for the growth of tobacco.

 






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0 # James Payne 2009-01-28 09:07
Thanks for stopping by for another of my articles. In this one, we talk about the meat of the cigar - the filler. I talk about the different regions filler (and tobacco in general) is grown, offering a brief overview of each. I invite you to share your own knowledge and experience by clicking on the old comment button below. I'd love to hear from you!

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0 # Niceragua?Sloane Franklin 2009-02-05 02:29
I'm a bit surprised that Nicaragua didn't make your list, even in passing, given the number of premium and super premium Nicaraguan puros on the market today.

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0 # Ummm...Jason 2009-02-05 09:29
I agree with the poster above. You forgot one of my favorite regions: Nicaragua.

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0 # James Payne 2009-02-09 11:40
Hey Guys,

Thanks for taking the time to comment; I didn't forget about Nicaragua, just saving it for an article that goes more in depth (same with Cuba and a few others). Keep an eye out!

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