Connecticut Wrapper Cigars Buying Guide

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Connecticut-seed wrapper is arguably the most commonly used leaf for premium cigars and comes mostly in two varieties. The “U.S. Connecticut Shade” variety is grown in the Windsor valley along the Connecticut River under tapados – large cheesecloth tents that prevent the sun from darkening and thickening the leaves. The “Ecuadorian Connecticut” variety is grown in Ecuador, where an ever-present cloud cover acts as a natural shade tent.

U.S. Connecticut is delicately thin, yet very pliable. When cured right, it has a golden brown color, very few veins, and is silky to the touch. The flavor is mild and subtly spicy with sweet, floral notes on the finish. The Ecuadorian-grown variety is usually a little darker in hue, has fewer veins, and offers a slightly richer flavor. However, both varieties have excellent burn properties, and when lit expose a fine, grey-white ash.


The cigars featured in this month’s Guide sampler are a good illustration of how Connecticut wrapper enhances the flavor of a cigar. They all have “natural” Connecticut wrappers, yet due to their filler & binder blends, present an impressive array of flavors and strength profiles.

601 Connecticut Black RobustoCAO Gold RobustoDon Tomas Special Edition CT #300Famous 70th La Aurora ChurchillGran Habano Connecticut #1 RothschildLa Campina RobustoMontecristo #2 TorpedoNub Connecticut 358Perdomo Habano CT RobustoRocky Patel American Market Robusto


Wrapper attributes that make a difference in flavor

Cigars are sorted in the factory by color. The reason for this is so when you open the box there is a consistency to each cigar’s wrapper color, making the cigars more appealing to the consumer’s eye. Additionally, if the wrapper is darker, thicker, or has more noticeable seams, the cigar will be somewhat stronger in flavor.

Some useful Connecticut leaf history

? The sandy soil of the Connecticut River Valley is very similar to the soil in the Vuelta Abajo region of Cuba. The growing temperature is also similar to that found in Cuba during the winter growing season when fine tobacco is produced.

? Valley farmers have been growing tobacco for binder and wrapper leaves since the early 1800’s from varieties of “Shoestring,” then Broadleaf, and Havana Seed. In the late1800’s a fine grained leaf imported from Sumatra began to replace wrapper from the valley.

? In the early 1900’s Joseph Cullman Jr. created the Connecticut Shade variety from the Hazelwood strain of Cuban tobacco crossed with Sumatran seed tobacco varieties. As in the reference above to tapados which protect the leaves from direct sunlight, the idea was to duplicate the perpetually cloudy skies found in Sumatra. (This is one of the reasons Connecticut-seed leaf is grown so successfully in Ecuador.)


Buyer's Guide Sampler #4
Buyer’s Guide Sampler #4: “Connecticut wrappers”
Connecticut wrapper is sought for its milder flavor and naturally sweet aroma. That’s just one of the things that makes this sampler with 10 cigars so inviting. All of the labels are first-class and boast a multitude of blends. Plus the price is ‘closer than you think’ to affordable. Get yours now at a very special Famous Smoke Shop price!

Everyday Price: $47.99 • Retail Price: $68.34

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