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Cigars: Nicaragua Producing Some of the Best Tobaccos In The World

Recent reports have shown that Nicaraguan cigar imports climbed to 317.6 million units in 2013, up from 305.1 million in 2012, the highest reported sales since the Cigar Boom of the 1990′s. Clearly, the popularity of Nicaraguan cigars is on the rise, and for good reason. Many believe that Nicaraguan Cigars have a very distinctive taste like no other cigar from any other region. In fact many experienced cigar smokers believe that Nicaraguan made cigars are now superior to Cuban cigars in terms of overall quality and flavor. Padron5301 Years ago, the amount of manufactures producing cigars in Nicaragua could be counted on one hand. Now you’d be hard pressed to count them on all your fingers and toes. The reason? Nicaragua has quickly become known for producing some of the best tobaccos in the world. The nutrient rich volcanic soil, paired with the ideal weather conditions, has created lighting in a bottle. And naturally, everyone wants in on the action. Rivaling the quality and characteristics of Cuban tobacco, Nicaraguan cigars have made huge waves in the industry. The list of brands produced here reads like an all-star team lineup. Brands like Padron, Perdomo, Oliva, My Father, Rocky Patel, Drew Estate, Joya de Nicaragua, AJ Fernandez, Gurkha and CAO, just to name a few. Perdomo20_800_0 Each manufacturer has their own techniques and methods for fermenting, blending and growing tobacco and rolling cigars. A cigar is a reflection of who is making it. But in trying to understand Nicaraguan tobacco, it is important to recognize the different tobacco growing regions within the country in order to understand and appreciate the tobaccos it has to offer. Just as wine regions are recognized for their individual qualities, so are tobacco regions. There are four main tobacco growing regions in Nicaragua – Esteli, Jalapa, Condega and Ometempe. honduras-cigar-regions Esteli is the second largest city in Nicaragua and is located on the Pan-American Highway. After the Cuban revolution in 1959, many Cuban cigar makers found refuge here. Esteli has a black soil, which produces a heavy, full-flavored tobacco leaf. It is characteristically dark, and rich with full aromas, body, and flavor. Esteli is known for producing the strongest of all Nicaraguan tobacco. Condega’s soil is rocky. Tobacco from this region is usually always sun-grown, and yield thinner leaves because of the heavy cloud cover the region receives. Primarily used for filler and binder tobaccos, it also produces very oily and elastic leaves with rich colors that are excellent for wrappers. Condega produces the second strongest tobaccos in Nicaragua. Jalapa is located in northern Nicaragua on the Honduran border. Jalapa’s soil is heavy with red clay, which produces a very smooth, elegant, and rich tobacco. Jalapa is known for producing beautiful wrappers. The tobacco is thought of as very flavorful, and unique due to the rich and complex aromas it creates. Jalapa produces tobacco similar to Esteli – the difference is in the strength. Ometempe is a volcanic island in Lake Nicaragua. There are two volcanoes on the island, one of which is active. Volcanic soil is valued for tobacco growing. It provides natural minerals to the soil, which make it unique and provide ideal conditions for plant growth. Tobacco from this region is one of a kind with an earthy and sweet flavor. Ometempe is similar to the tobacco from Jalapa, but it is known to have more strength and depth in the smoke, and is primarily differentiated by the sweetness. Personally I’ve had the opportunity to smoke a number of Nicaraguan cigars and I would say its well worth seeking out a box to add to your humidor creating an “Excellent #smokegood Situation enjoy.”


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