What importance does the country of origin have when choosing a cigar?

There are more than fifty varieties of tobacco in the world, with a wide diversity of flavors and strengths. While it is true that some types thrive better in certain climatic and geographical conditions, it is also true that seeds eventually acquire characteristics of the region where they are grown.

However, it is a reality that only a few countries in the world possess the skills and expertise that allow them to be identified as the best cigar producers. Let's briefly review some of them.


Cuba is perhaps the most recognized country in the world for cigar production, due to its long history as the manufacturer of some of the most famous cigars. In fact, it could be said that part of Cuba's identity rests on its reputation as a tobacco country. Although its best tobacco-producing area is Vuelta Abajo, located in the Pinar del Río region in the west of the island, most premium hand-rolled cigar factories are located in Havana or nearby. When the harvest is good, the leaves are notably elastic and lend themselves brilliantly to the rolling process. It is precisely from Havana that the designation of origin "Habano" comes from, a term that only cigars produced in that city can carry. In general, Cuban tobacco is strong, full-bodied, and with spicy and aromatic flavors.

Dominican Republic

This country became a global center for cigar production starting in 1970, with the use of Cuban seed varieties and the expertise and quality in manufacturing brought by some of the Cuban manufacturers who arrived from Cuba after the famous revolution of 1959. The main cultivation area is located in the north-central part of the country, near the city of Santiago, where most of the factories are also located. The quality and variety of Dominican tobacco for cigars have improved enormously in recent decades, and today, some of the best cigars in the world are made there. Brands such as Partagas, Romeo y Julieta, Montecristo, and some varieties of Ashton are all non-Cuban versions made in the Dominican Republic.


Nicaragua, with a long history in cigar manufacturing, has consistently stood out in the last decade as a place where, if not the best, many of the best cigars of the moment are made. Its success has been so impressive that since 2016, it has displaced the Dominican Republic as the largest provider of premium cigars. A very recent example of the quality of its products is the Top 25-2023 from Cigar Aficionado magazine, where the second and third places were awarded to Nicaraguan cigars. Padrón, My Father, some Ashton, La Aroma de Cuba, and Oliva are among the highest-rated cigars made there.


Although Honduras has been an important part of cigar-producing countries, in recent years it has suffered periodic infestations of blue mold, which has diminished its capabilities. However, it remains a reference to be taken into account. The highly recognized Camacho is produced in this country with tobacco that shares characteristics with that grown in Nicaragua, as both countries share borders in the cultivation areas and work with Cuban-origin seeds. Honduran cigars are usually bold and flavorful, with a slightly less sweet touch than classic Nicaraguan cigars.

United States

Although some high-quality cigars are still produced in the United States, today there are few tobacco-producing states. A handful of brands continue to produce in Miami and other locations in Florida, but their importance as a producing country has decreased considerably. The main contribution of the United States to cigar production is Connecticut wrapper leaf, especially Shade, valued for its great elasticity and relative smoothness.

Other countries

In this category, we refer to countries that produce tobacco to be used in the production of superior quality cigars but do not stand out as cigar manufacturers.

Cameroon, in West Africa, produces Cameroon leaf, an excellent-tasting wrapper. This leaf comes from Sumatra seeds introduced in the Central African Republic, bordering Cameroon, from Indonesia. Arturo Fuente's Don Carlos uses this attractive wrapper.

Indonesia offers Sumatra tobacco to the world of cigars. The leaves are generally dark brown and relatively neutral in flavor, making it ideal for blending stronger fillers. Much of the Indonesian Sumatra has been replaced by that grown in Ecuador. E.P. Carrillo cigars use Sumatra leaf.

Brazil is a source of recently emerged tobacco leaves, whose use has been gaining popularity.

To answer the initial question, we could say that while the country of origin is a reference to consider when choosing a cigar, both the fermentation and aging processes used to process the tobacco, as well as the skills and expertise of the manufacturer and their commitment to the products they bring to market, play a predominant role in the quality of the cigar offered.

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