The 1876 Reserve has been a fan-favorite since it’s debut in 1995 due to its mild profile and easy, complex flavors. But the tame original has now been kicked up a notch by dressing the well aged Dominican long-fillers and binder with a toothy, dark, and succulent maduro wrapper. Still mild to medium, this handmade has complex notes of cocoa and sweet spice flavors on the palate with a slightly sweet wood finish. Mild and complex enough for the novice and veteran smoker alike, pair it with a pilsner on a warm afternoon.
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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