Back in the 1850s, Admiral Victor Sinclair, after finding what he thought to be the perfect cigar, was sailing home aboard the frigate Oglethorpe just off the coast of the Dominican Republic when the ship was met by a vicious storm. The storm claimed his life, but some 140 years later, his great-great nephew, Victor Long, resumed his ancestor’s quest for the perfect cigar. As the story goes, Victor was able to locate a defunct warehouse on the island of Dominicana and there he found varied remains of the Oglethorpe including several boxes of perfectly preserved cigars that had been stored in glass vials. These original cigars were then used as the foundation for developing their current cigar brands. Victor Sinclair Cigars are really some of the most well-made, expertly blended cigars out there.
The Victor Sinclair Series 55 is simply superb. Available in three varieties, Red (corojo), Green Label (sun-grown), and Blue (maduro), each is known for utilizing a five-country blend and an extensive five year aging process, hence the name ‘55’. The Blue Maduro we’ve sent you this month features a tantalizing blend of five-year-aged tobaccos from the Dominican Republic, Africa, Nicaragua, Brazil, and Honduras that is held together with a Dominican binder and is draped with a rich and oily Brazilian maduro wrapper. This perfectly aged blend results in notes of coffee, tobacco, and cocoa with a hint of sweetness from the maduro. Medium to full in strength, the Tubo can be best enjoyed with a porter.
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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