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


Jamaica is known for its laid back, relaxed, island ways. Its tobacco is the same. Perhaps the mildest tobacco is grown in Jamaica. Or at least it was. Once a powerhouse in the tobacco world, Jamaica has lost much of its traffic to countries such as the Honduras. Of the few brands left in the country, Royal Jamaica is probably its most well known. If you are new to smoking, it is not a bad place to start.


Mexico grows a spicy tobacco, mostly used as a binder, though companies will also use it to blend in with other filler. Not renowned for their own cigars, Mexico does see a lot of export business.


We touched on a few countries known (or formerly known) for their ability to produce quality tobacco. In truth, there are many more countries than there is time to list here that produce tobacco. Some are known for binders, others for filler or wrappers. Countries like the United States, Sumatra, Indonesia, and even France, grow tobacco, even though they may not be as famous as the ones listed above.

Growth in the tobacco industry and specifically in its technology, coupled with trade agreements and deregulations, are giving countries across the globe the ability to grow this fine crop. Some nations even import seed and begin to grow a foreign country’s crops as their own, such as was the case with Jamaica and the Honduras.

You should now have some knowledge regarding the filler in your cigars now. In our next article, we will look at another important feature: the one that holds it all together. So come back and read the next installment when we discuss the very important binder.


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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