Even though you probably have never heard of Cabaiguan, this gem is from the infamous minds behind the incredibly high-rated Tatuaje: Don ‘Pepin’ Garcia and Pete Johnson. Handcrafted at Don ‘Pepin’ Garcia’s My Father Cigars factory in Nicaragua, this smoke is named after a city in northern Sancti Spírites province in Central Cuba, which is home to some of the most knowledgeable cigar men in the country. Tough to say but easy to burn, this smoke features a Cuban-seed mixture of Nicaraguan long-fillers and binder, and is hugged by a smooth Connecuticut-seed Ecuadorian wrapper. Mellow to medium bodied, expect rich and hearty notes of black pepper, cedar, leather, and cocoa. Perfectly constructed, this smoke received a well-deserved 92-point rating from Cigar Aficionado. Pair this with an Old Fashioned.
The Nicaraguan cigar industry originated when Cuban cigar makers escaped the revolution and re-established their livelihood in Nicaragua with Cuban-seed tobacco. Blessed with dark, rich soil, their new home was ideal for tobacco cultivation and Nicaragua quickly became known for cigars that rivaled Cuban quality. Unfortunately, revolution and war came to Nicaragua in the 1980s and devastated the industry, but it’s rebounded dramatically and is once again producing tobacco considered by many to be the finest in the world.
The Esteli Valley is in many ways the heart of Nicaraguan production and is known for its very powerful and spicy tobacco. The Jalapa Valley produces arguably the finest tobacco in the country: somewhat sweeter and less intense than Esteli, but extremely complex. The tobacco of the Condega Valley is often described as a blend of the other two regions.
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