Curiosities about the Corojo wrapper

Although it is true that there is no agreement among experts on the effect of the wrapper on the flavor and aroma of a cigar, everyone is aware that it defines its external appearance, which is why it has great weight in the buyer's decision.

Manufacturers know that the wrapper is key to show the quality of their product and, for this, it is required that the leaves that will be used for that purpose perfectly wrap the cigar, a condition that can only be fulfilled by large, thick leaves free of the slightest deterioration.

There are dozens of leaves that are used as a wrapper, but only four of them that are considered the main or basic types: Corojo, Connecticut, Habano and Maduro.

Corojo is a tobacco originally from Cuba that has a thin but flexible leaf with a delicious flavor. For 50 years it became the best cigar wrapper in the world but, despite its remarkable attributes, its use declined markedly at the end of the last century because its yield (number of leaves per cultivated area) was significantly reduced as a result of the vulnerability of the plant to blue mold and other pests, and the difficulties for Corojo tobacco to reach the United States as a result of the economic embargo on Cuba.

Producing Corojo tobacco is quite complicated and it is no longer grown in Cuba, where it was replaced by other hybrid tobacco varieties that are more resistant to diseases and have higher levels of productivity. Today it is produced almost exclusively in Honduras, in the fertile Jamastran Valley, an area whose climate resembles the famous Cuban region called Vuelta Abajo, where the Corojo seed originates.

That Valley is the place where the Camacho Corojo cigars are grown, one of the strongest on the market and perhaps the only absolutely genuine Corojo cigar in the world. Camacho Cigars, the tobacco company that produces them, is a company founded in 1961 by Simón Camacho, which in 1995 was acquired by the Eiroa family and is currently owned by the Swiss Oettinger Davidoff group.

The factory is located in Danli, Honduras, and specializes in those delicious artisanal tobaccos with a characteristic spicy and hot flavor, with dark and dry notes, a little more acrid than most cigars.

A few last words to finish: remember that a cigar is not only its appearance; what's on the inside also counts.

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