This top shelf beauty comes from the mind of Keith K. Parker. If you don’t know the name you may know of the elegant Prometheus line of cigar accessories. As many cigars celebrate and/or commemorate the places they were born, the God of Fire Angelenos celebrates and honors a place where they are enjoyed with gusto and enthusiasm, Los Angeles, California which, according to Mr. Parker, is home to many of the world’s most passionate cigar lovers. Handmade at the famed Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia in the Dominican Republic, this Angelenos comes dressed in a gorgeous, hand-selected, oily, golden-brown Ecuadoran Connecticut Shade wrapper which embraces a bevy of well-aged Dominican long-fillers and a Dominican binder. Mild in body, the Angelinos has thick and creamy notes of cedar, pepper, earth, and spices that continue to evolve from the start to the nub. Although this smoke is perfect for any time of day, our panel recommends lighting one up with a cognac after dinner.
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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