The Dominican Republic is the leading country worldwide when it comes to tobacco cultivation. Its cigars are the most popular in the United States, one of the most tobacco-loving countries in the world. They have recently been able to overtake their direct rival, the Havana cigar, as the world’s most popular tobacco.
The major qualities of a good cigar are: combustibility, texture, taste, elasticity, smell, colour and a good balance balance between nicotines and oils. Dominican cigars excel in all of these characteristics, as well as having a specific character and quality which only expert smokers are able to appreciate.
According to the International Tobacco Growers’ Association, they have already conquered 60% of the North American tobacco market. At the same time, the whole of Europa as well as most African and Asian countries, including China, are faithful clients of the Dominican tobacco market.
The Dominican Republic exports more than 90% of the tobacco it produces, both unmanufactured tobacco as well as highly prestigious finished cigars.
The province of Santiago is the leader in the national tobacco production, with 80 per cent of the product’s exports.
Tobacco cultivation in the Dominican Republic, based on Cuban seeds and administered by Cuban-trained professionals, has improved to such a degree in recent years that they have caught up with the quality and reputation of Cuban brands, even questioning the supremacy of the Havana cigar. Even if Dominican tobacco still falls short of Cuban tobacco in terms of strength and spices, its full taste has lead to new, even more attractive mixtures for all tastes.
“Tobacco” is the popular name for the plant Nicotiana tabacum, which has its origins in South America, especially in the border region between Peru and Ecuador.
Pre-Columbian tribes inhaled the smoke produced when burning tobacco leaves during the introductory ritual of their religious ceremonies. Spanish conquerors were so impressed by it that they decided to bring it back to Europe. This was the beginning of the world-wide tobacco industry.
In the Dominican Republic, the tobacco production cycle starts in July or August, with the preparation of the growing areas.In September, seedbeds begin to form, with 35 to 45 day-old plants appearing. The growth of the plant is strictly monitored to avoid epidemics and illnesses which could harm consistency and aroma of the final product. After this phase, rigorous controls are continually carried out during the subsequent drying, fermentation, selection, and preparation phases of the tobacco leaves. At this end of this process, these leaves are transformed into delicious Dominican cigars by expert artisans.
There is no doubt that we are talking about the best tobacco in the world today. Prestigious magazines and expert smokers in the whole world have confirmed as much. Tobacco farmers of La Vega Dominicana are pushing a high-quality product, which is much appreciated in all smokers’ circles.
Compañia Tabaquera Dominicana has decided to join this project which aims at placing the Dominican Republic at the very top of the sector’s worldwide markets.