Made at the esteemed General Cigar Company in Honduras, one of the two largest cigar factories in the world, the Dark Sumatra was blended by Estelo Pardon as a more robust version of the original Hoyo de Monterrey. Introduced in 2002, the Dark Sumatra Media Noche features a deeper and richer wrapper that not only looks more aesthetically pleasing but will have a more interesting and complex flavor profile. This beauty starts with fillers from Honduras, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic that are then bound with a Connecticut Broadleaf, and finished with a dark Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. Together, the flavors will taste of coffee, roasted nuts, and leather, with a tobacco and wood core, and due to the maduro binder and Sumatra wrapper, will have some sweetness with every puff. We paired this excellent cigar, which received an 89 rating from Cigar Aficionado, with a hard cider.
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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