Getting to Know Your Cigar Inside and Out
Written by James Payne

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

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Where Did it Come From?

Tobacco is grown around the world. Some places (like Cuba and Honduras) are known for their tobacco, while other places are not. In this next section, we will discuss a few of the countries where tobacco is made, and what you can typically expect (if anything) from the tobacco used there.


The most popular region that cigars are produced in is Havana, and with good reason. When you hear someone lob out the term Cuban Cigar, they are referring to those made in Havana (pretty much all Cuban cigars are made there). There is much to be said about a Havana cigar. Too much in fact, to be covered in this brief section. We will, however, take a very close look at the myths and facts surrounding these cigars at a later date, including how to tell if it is a real “Cuban” or not.

Dominican Republic

Long known for mild cigars, in recent years the Dominican Republic has produced every “strength” of cigar. Nowadays, the Dominican Republic is known for producing consistently good tobacco, perhaps some of the finest outside of Cuba. The key to remember here is that outside of Cuba, manufacturers used tobacco from around the world, so saying the Dominican Republic has the best (or worst) tobacco is a difficult thing to do.

However, when it comes to the technique of blending, they are regarded as one, if not the, best.


Picturing the stereotypical Mexican, with their thick mustaches, dark five o'clock shadow, and rugged stogie hanging from their lips, you would expect their cigars to be full-bodied and tough. Traditionally, every country outside of Cuba uses Mexican tobacco. Because of its harsher climate, the leaves tend t be darker, and full of nicotine and tar. Their cigars are known for being full bodied and with good reason.


Another full bodied country, the Honduras also has somewhat of a rugged climate. For years they produced only “strong” cigars, until they were eventually allowed to import other tobacco and tobaco technologies, allowing them to blend – and grow – milder cigars. You will find many Cuban-style cigars coming out of Honduras, and their quality is nearly second to none.

The Bottom Line

As I will say (and trust me, have said) in every one of these articles, in the end, what type of cigar, wrapper, tobacco, cut, lighter, and so forth, depends upon your own personal taste. You will not know until you try them. And not just once, but multiple times.


+1 # How many years ago was this written?Frank Flores 2009-01-28 12:35
No disrespect intended at all. But as I'm reading and see this sentence "Note that unless you are smoking a Cuban cigar, the filler inside your smoke is blended from many different types of tobacco" I think to my self, what the heck? Yes Cuban Cigars are all Puros, at least the Premium one that we all know about. But to make it sound that this is the only country you can get a puro cigar is just nonsense. There are some great Puros from Dominican Republic and Nicargua. Thats is my other point to this. Where it talks about the different tobacco from the different countries not once is Nicargua mentioned. I think most would agree that some of the best cigars in the market today are Nicarguan, including Nicarguan Puros.

Ok sorry to be long winded, getting off my soap box now.

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0 # ummm ok?pipesandgop 2009-01-28 14:04
This taken from the JR Cigar website, just because i think a lot was left out:
"The strength of most cigars sold today can be judged by the country where they were manufactured. The following list shows cigar manufacturing countries and the general strength of the cigars produced there:
Strength Country of Origin
Light Bodied or Mild
Dominican Republic
Puerto Rico
United States

Medium Bodied
Honduras- (Med-Full)
Full Bodied
Costa Rica
Cuba "

Also, this link provides a lot of information on the different regions in case any smokers were interested in reading up on it a bit more than what was offered in the article here.

I just say that because it can give you a better idea of what to expect from a cigar containing tobacco from these various regions and in particular, puros from these countries. Especially since the article implied that the only puros in the world came from Cuba even though I'm smoking a nicaraguan puro at the moment, nicaraguan puros are constantly getting high reviews, and a Dominican puro is now probably the most if not one of the most sought after cigar in the world- the OpusX. Dominican tobacco is known for being superb, and typically the wrapper will be the only thing that is not from DR, simply because they have such a hard time growing good wrapper leaf down there, although it is being done.
Just wanted to throw that out there since the article was using such an authroitative tone to say things that were a bit misleading.

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