Toscano cigars are one of the world's most popular cigar brands with a history that has endured for over 200 years. With the growth of tobacco production flourishing in Europe during the 19th century, Florence, Italy became one of its epicenters. With its unique flavor and rich aroma, the Toscano cigar became an instant success with the Italian people. Its popularity prompted all the other Florentine tobacco makers to start producing cigars with fermented tobacco.
More than just some of the best small cigars you can buy, for many cigar smokers Toscanos are a way of life and an iconic symbol of the Italian lifestyle. Made in Italy, both by hand and machine, Toscano cigars are made with 100% Kentucky fire-cured tobaccos grown in Tuscany. First grown in the United States during the early 1700s, the plant was later imported to Italy, where it took well to the soils of Tuscany and Umbria, and eventually, became the sole ingredient for Toscano cigars.
The process used for making Toscano cigars has been perfected over two centuries. After the Kentucky tobaccos are fermented, flame-cured and aged, the cigars are rolled and aged for an additional 4 to 12 months. This allows the leaves to marry, mature, and imbue each cigar with Toscano's distinctive flavor and aroma.
Toscano cigars are rolled into rustic-looking cheroots that are also distinguished by their familiar, naturally crooked shape. Consisting of only filler and a wrapper, which also acts as binder, their minor shape irregularities are a sign that you're smoking a genuine Toscano. And smoking a Toscano Classico is like making a connection with the long history of Italian tobacco farming and fine handcraftsmanship. The taste of Toscano Classico cigar is full in character, yet slightly sweet, intense and brimming with earthy-mineral-like flavors, while the aroma is accentuated with dry wood essences.
Some people say that smoking a Toscanello cigar is like "reliving the charm and nostalgia of post-World War II Italy." Toscanellos were created as a more affordable option to their highly popular Toscano brothers, and became so popular for enjoying with friends, they earned a nickname as "the friendship cigar."
Toscanellos' exhilarating flavors and aromas come from a rapid fermentation process of predominantly Italian-grown Kentucky-seed tobacco. Their slightly bitter, woody flavor is intensified by aromas of toast, rich earth, and sweet wood. Ideal for short breaks, at any time or occasion, Toscanellos are also offered in a variety of flavored blends including Toscanello Caffe, Toscanello Chocolate, Toscanello Grappa, Toscanello Sweet, and Toscanello Vaniglia.
If you're looking for a small affordably-priced cigar that's utterly unique in appearance, flavor, and aroma, try some Toscanos and discover "the toast of Italy.