Debuting at the IPCPR (International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers) in 2011, this masterpiece is blended by none other than Alan Rubin, the founder of Alec Bradley cigars, who has been blending and producing cigars since 1997 that have 90+ ratings from Cigar Aficionado, Cigar Insider, and Cigar Journal, just to name a few. This bad boy is no exception with a 94 rating from Cigar Aficionadoand the #6 spot on their Top 25 Cigars of 2022. The Black Market starts with a handsome and powerful Nicaraguan Habano wrapper which encloses a Sumatra binder that is chocked full of Honduran and Panamanian long-fillers. Once lit, this handmade will offer nice plumes of smoke and flavors that build in strength of spice, pepper, and peaty undertones. Medium to full bodied, this is the perfect cigar to enjoy with a Diplomatico Rum Reserva Exclusiva out on the patio after a meal.
Honduras has been a tobacco growing and cigar manufacturing area for hundreds of years, but it was the Communist revolution in Cuba that really put Honduras on the map. In the 1960s, many Cuban cigar makers fled their homeland and arrived in Honduras to re-establish their way of life. The immigrants took advantage of the climate, soil, and geography, which were well-suited to tobacco growing, and began producing high quality cigars. The center of the Honduran cigar industry is the city of Danli and the nearby Jamastran Valley. The majority of the world’s pure Corojo tobacco is grown here, now that Cuba has stopped production of this iconic, spicy, and rich variety in favor of Corojo hybrids. Other important areas of Honduran cigar production include the Talanga Valley, Copan, and Trojes.
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