Introduction To Tobacco Types and Styles: Part 3

There are many different varieties of cigar tobaccos depending on the strain of tobacco (including the seed origin), where it is grown, the part of the plant leaf, and what part of the cigar it is used for. Thus, all of these varieties will not be covered in this discussion.

All cigar tobaccos have a few things in common, high nicotine and low sugar content - similar to the burley variety- and robust flavor. Cigars are usually made as a blend of different wrapper and filler tobaccos from different regions. Some are made with all the tobacco coming from one region. This is called a “Puro.”

Many cigar tobaccos are from seeds that were originally cultivated in Cuba but are grown and harvested in other countries, such as Nicaragua, Honduras, Dominican Republic and Ecuador. Such are Truebacco’s blends Copacubana, Grand Habano and Maduro. These blends are extracted from either wrapper or filler grade Cuban-Seed tobaccos of strains, like Habano, that are grown in other countries.

The wrapper tobacco chiefly used by Truebacco is a fine-aged Cuban-Seed Maduro wrapper in blends like Maduro, Grand Habano and Rio Carnival. Maduro refers to the fermentation and aging process of the leaf and can be made with most strains of tobacco (ours is a Cuban strain). The wrapper serves an important part of a cigar’s flavor when smoking a traditional stogie as it is the part on the outside. Thus it is an important component of some of the Truebacco blends.

The Truebacco blends Rio Carnival and Amazon Fog both employ some rare and exotic tobaccos grown deep in South America.