The La Aroma de Cuba brand goes back quite some time. Winston Churchill (who was sort of a cigar fan) described it as one of his favorites. Originally made in Cuba, this handmade is now crafted by the legendary Jose ‘Don Pepin’ Garcia in Nicaragua. The cigar features excellent construction with a dark, moist and oily Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper that complements a blend of Cuban-seed Nicaraguan long-fillers and binder. A very flavorful smoke, expect this medium-to-full-bodied cigar to deliver thick and rich earthy flavors, notes of espresso and tobacco, while finishing with a slight spiciness in the aftertaste. Pair this Cigar Aficionado 93-rated smoke with an Appleton Estate 21 Rum, or your favorite aged rum.
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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