Maker of some of the finest brand names in the business—including Indian Tabac, Don Lino, Cameroon Legend and Fittipaldi—the Augusto Reyes family has been in the tobacco and cigar world for over 150 years. Their strongest blend, the Gran Cru is a complex, medium to full-bodied handmade designed for serious smokers. The dark, oily, Cuban-seed Dominican wrapper conceals a feisty mixture of Cuban-seed long-fillers grown in the Dominican Republic, including Piloto Cubano, Criollo ’98, and Cubano. This combination produces a rich, full-flavored profile that our panel deemed “impressive, interesting and balanced from start to finish.” Expect a slow burn with notes of earth, coffee, spices and cedar, capped off by a smooth, semi-sweet finish. Pair this bold, complex stogie with a strong ale or a full tawny port.
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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