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The process of planting Cuban seeds in the Dominican Republic was developed decades ago but the result was one the first of the hybrid tobaccos to be widely used and became one of the remarkable innovations in the cigar industry. Due to its success, many people in the industry started other types of experimental efforts that led to many of the interesting and delicious blends we know and love today. The Piloto Cubano Torpedo not surprisingly consists of entirely Cuban-seed, Dominican-grown filler tobaccos that is capped with a toothy Ecuadorian-grown Connecticut wrapper. This mild to medium torpedo is well constructed with a razor sharp burn with lots of creamy smoke. Once lit, you’ll notice that the Piloto Cubano offers a classic Dominican flavor profile including a smooth and creamy character with subtle notes of cedar and toast. One of our panel members suggested pairing it with a cola on a cool afternoon while another suggested it’s a perfect morning cigar to enjoy with a cuppa joe. Either way, this cigar could easily end up in your daily rotation!
Though tobacco is indigenous to Hispaniola, the tobacco industry in the Dominican Republic existed in the shadow of Cuba’s dominance through the 1960s. When the exodus of Cuban cigar makers began in the wake of the revolution, many decided the Dominican Republic would be ideal for the resumption of their livelihoods. Unrest in Nicaragua in the 1980s fueled the Dominican cigar industry further. The country now makes more than half of the premium cigars imported into the U.S.
The Cibao Valley and the nearby city of Santiago are the center of cigar production in the Dominican Republic. Three main varieties are grown here: the mild and native Olor Dominicano; the intense Piloto Cubano, brought from the Vuelta Abajo of Cuba; and San Vicente, a milder and more acidic Piloto hybrid. Dominican puros were once unheard of as it was widely thought impossible to grow quality wrapper leaf on the island, but new growing techniques are now allowing some exceptional puros to be produced.
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