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Crafted in the Dominican Republic, the Ichiban Connecticut is built with a smooth blend of Dominican and Peruvian tobaccos at its core, augmented by a Dominican binder leaf and finished with a smooth and sultry Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. The result is a creamy and opulent experience with lightly sweet hay-like notes, leather, oak, a touch of cedar, hints of vanilla, and a dash of white pepper. Enjoy this easy-going smoke with a pilsner, maibock, or other pale lager.
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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