Originating from the wine industry, the term cuvée is used to describe a special vintage blend that only uses the finest grapes available. This was the inspiration for Cuvée Rouge, which is produced by Cusano (which is owned by the famed Davidoff cigar company) as a very limited super-premium cigar. Cuvée Rouge undergoes a painstaking blending and quality control process, resulting in a bold yet ultra-smooth smoke with a 90 point rating from Cigar Aficionado. This Dominican handmade starts with a very handsome reddish golden brown Ecuadorian sun-grown wrapper covering a zesty Olor Dominican binder, and finishes with a an exquisite blend of Criollo 98, Piloto Cubano, and Olor Dominican long leafs. The combination leads to a full-bodied smoke loaded with deep, savory spices with an underlying core of toasted wood. We found this smoke to have a razor sharp burn down to the nub and we recommend pairing it with a merlot.
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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