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Greece: The Latest Source for Handmade Cigars
Written by Kevin Godbee

Monday, 20 April 2009

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 You might find that talk of Cuban quality in a tobacco grown in Greece a little hard to believe. However the Greek authorities claim that the Cuban tobacco varieties - the same ones that go into making those genuine Cuban cigars that we love so much - grow well in that area north of Athens. However even Greek cigar experts suggest that Greek cigars have some way to go before they can really rival the quality of a genuine Cuban cigar. 

If you haven’t heard of these Greek cigars before then I’m not surprised for this is an industry that only got started in 2003. In that year a group of district farmers toured some of the tobacco growing regions of Cuba and even though they received little help from the Cubans they were able to go back to Greece and replicate what they had seen during their tour.

For them, growing the tobacco was only half the battle. Once they had the tobacco plants in the ground they then had to build the drying sheds and make the tools they needed to produce the cigars. Nothing was brought back from Cuba - not even photos - everything had to be developed locally but after a year of trial and error they managed to bring it all together and start making cigars.

Once again, the actually production of the cigars was all trial and error and they had to teach themselves the art of hand-rolling each cigar. It must have been a formidable task but they stuck at it and production has been growing over the last few years.

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Last year, under the company name of Domenico Cigars the company’s 35 workers turned out 70,000 cigars - a figure they realize couldn’t be described as anything but very modest and one that they intend to improve on. They also know that they need to improve on the presentation and some aspects of production - but at around $5.00 for a hand-made cigar that has plenty of flavor we can forgive a cigar that may not be rolled quite as well as a Cuban that costs so much more

Domenico Cigars currently produces cigars in three sizes - cigarillos, robustos and large Churchills - and if you’re feeling the pinch of these tough economic times then a genuine Greek might be just what you’re looking for.

Of course it doesn’t have the same impact on friends as a genuine Cuban might but at least you’re still able to smoke a very pleasant hand-made cigar that you know contains a quality tobacco. With some machine-made cigars you can never be quite sure where the tobacco came from.

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0 # Whereuplate 2009-04-21 16:19
Good article but where are we to buy said cigars? Also, how is $5/cigar rivaling machine made prices??

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0 # Picture and AvailabilityBG 2009-04-29 06:13
The picture of the "Fiel" cigars are from the Dominican Republic brand of Domenico cigars. Is there a particular shop in Athens or the area where these can be purchased?

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0 # Lou 2009-05-28 07:44
it's all Greek to me!

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0 # pictureTomas 2009-10-05 23:46
The pictures above, have nothing common with Greece. This pictures are of a limited edition of Domenico Cigars manufactory in Dominican Republic.

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+1 # kowaltobogganjohn K 2012-12-26 12:39
Just came across this article the day after I tried my first Greek cigar. I must say that the cigar was nicely mild and flavorful without any harsh tones. I enjoyed it so much that I was sorry to put it down! Bought mine at a small kiosk on the island of Paros. Was skeptical at first and treated it more as a novelty than a great tasting cigar, but am sold now. Now just have to find more of them!

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