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Cuban Rejects – and other Brands

Last weekend we went up north to Esteli – a town known for its leather, cooler weather, and cigars. Many of the cigar makers that fled Cuba after the Revolution in 1959 ended up in Nicaragua in the late 60’s because of the similar soil and climate conditions. They brought their tobacco seeds with them. Now about a fourth of the citizens living in Esteli are employed by the cigar industry, which makes some of the best cigars in the world. Cigar Aficionado has ranked Nicaraguan cigars in the number one spot for three of the last five years – with Cuban cigars winning the other two years.

Just like coffee or tea, there is a whole vocabulary and classification system in cigar making. Where the leaf was grown, was it on the top or bottom of the plant, whole leaves vs. broken bits, and many more factors influence how the cigar tastes and burns. Our guide, a plant manager, said he smokes almost 10 cigars a day – but only two inches at a time for quality control purposes.

The factory we toured makes a variety of brands, one of which is called Cuban Rejects. A pretty good smoke for the price. Or so they say, we didn’t get to sample this kind – but I love the name!

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Thanks for sharing this post. Great pictures also. I really enjoy reading your blog very much

    April 10, 2011
  2. Good post. Great shots. FP material for sure…

    April 10, 2011
  3. Rebecca #

    I love the name! You absolutely need to buy some of those. Awesome.

    Cheers from Juba (where I could use a good cigar about now)!

    April 11, 2011
    • stmemory #

      Yes. We’ve got to pick up a few of these and try them out. Good luck in Juba. When you get back I can’t wait to hear about it.

      April 12, 2011

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