Nicaragua

Mr. Blanco Goes to China-Chinese Cigar Market

Mr. Blanco Goes to China-Chinese Cigar Market

Cigar industry pioneer, José Blanco, talks with Cigar Advisor Executive Editor, Gary Korb, about his recent trip to Hong Kong and Shanghai. The reason for his visit was two-fold: Part vacation, and part serving as a consultant to some businessmen who sought his counsel on the viability of building a premium cigar business in these two major international cities. Blanco is one of many Central American cigar executives who have been trying to open new markets for their premium handmade cigars in Europe and Asia.
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A  Shade Grown Wrapper Leaf

A Shade Grown Wrapper Leaf

Nestor Plasencia Jr. has also already grown some excellent Nicaragua shade wrapper in Jalapa, but now he's upped the ante by growing it in the uber-fertile soil of Estelí using Connecticut and Habano seeds. Nestor has only harvested one crop, which is still fermenting, and will be planting a second field again this month. However, the process is not only to grow top-grade shade wrapper, but to build a team of people who have the knowledge and skills required to achieve excellent results
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Tobacco Farming Part 6: Leaf Classification, Stripping, Drying and Baling

Tobacco Farming Part 6: Leaf Classification, Stripping, Drying and Baling

This month Nick Perdomo takes us a few steps closer to making consistently flavorful cigars as he describes how the tobacco is graded, classified, selected, and stripped before baling. The leaf classification process is among the most important stages, because it's the only way to ensure that every Perdomo blend is made with the exact same tobaccos every time. Classification includes the leaf size, type, and quality. The leaves are then ready for the stripping process (removal of the central vein), followed by drying, then placed into bales under pressure where they will continue to age.
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Making the Case: The Cigar Boom and Bust of the 1990’s

Making the Case: The Cigar Boom and Bust of the 1990’s

Back in the 1970s and 80s, cigar smoking was something your grandfather did. But then seemingly overnight, the "face of the industry" literally changed. And yet while the image of cigar smokers was changing drastically, the sheer number of cigars being imported and sold was even more mind-boggling. And then, almost overnight, the boom was over. The fascinating thing about operating in a business boom cycle is that you are constantly kidding yourself about how long it will last. But in this cycle lay the seeds for a real cigar market that would take us into the 21st century.
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