Ever since the 1800s, the San Andrés Valley in the state of Veracruz has been the center of tobacco in Mexico. Today it is what Estelí is to Nicaragua and Santiago to the Dominican Republic.
When Celia Sánchez, Fidel Castro’s indispensable helper, decided in 1967 to introduce women into the cigar business, hundreds of women lined up for the prestigious task of rolling for Cuba’s leader and his guests. One of them was 18-year-old María Sierra.
Wrappers should have allure and charm. Moderate veining, even coloring, a discreet sheen, and absence of defects are essential attributes. Combustibility, texture and elasticity are less visible but even more vital. Beyond the traditional aspects, the wrapper’s aromatic influence is heavily debated.
Jeff Borysiewicz wanted to see if it was possible to grow tobacco in Florida again, so he set up the first tobacco farm in the state since 1977. Back in the day, Florida was the second-most important tobacco growing region in the United States, after Connecticut.
It started out as a worker’s shirt for guayaba pickers, or so some say. Now it’s the number one fashion item for people in the cigar world, and it’s all due to someone becomingly known as the Guayabera Lady.
Aluminium cigar tubes are as much part of the Havana cigar scene as labelled boxes, cedar cabinets and elegant humidors. The traditional hand-crafted boxes have been around for centuries. But when did tubes first make an appearance and who thought of the idea?
What do Robespierre, Casanova, La Fayette, Napoléon III, Verlaine and Degas have in common? All were customers of the most…