Guillermo Leon Herbert's family has been cultivating tobacco for six generations. His grandfather, Don Eduardo Leon Jimenes, founded La Aurora Cigars, located on the outskirts of Santiago, Dominican Republic with little more than a dream. He selected Santiago de los Caballeros, a region blessed with fertile ground and an ideal climate for tobacco to produce his cigars. The Leon family began farming tobacco in the late 1880s, and in 1903 Don Eduardo began producing a traditional Dominican cigar – smooth, sweet, and mild – for public consumption. Over a century later, Grupo Leon Jimenes is a giant in the Dominican Republic, producing both the La Aurora and Leon Jimenes lines of cigars, several beers including Presidente (which may be found in select U.S. markets), and their line of machine-made petite cigars. La Aurora has used long-filler leaves from the same fields for over 3 generations and you can expect unrelenting consistency with this brand. Rich, dark Cameroon wrappers from West Africa add a delicious touch to this famously mild, aromatic premium. We really liked this cigar and know you will too! Pair it with a hot green tea.
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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