Cuban cigars are well known all over the world. With a reputation for being one of the best cigars on the market. Tobacco has been grown in Cuba for hundreds of years, and manufacturers have been producing cigars in the country since the time of King Philip II of Spain (1527-1598).
At this time, Cuba’s cigar industry is under direct government regulation; this supervision serves as a product quality control, put in place to ensure that each and every cigar leaving the factory is well made, has been properly rolled and doesn’t contain any flaws or imperfections. Cuban cigars stand out from the crowd because they are made from high quality materials and a lot of care and attention goes into making every single cigar. The industry has followed a detailed cigar creation ritual that hasn’t altered much over the past hundred years or so; it’s this additional care and attention that sets Cuban cigars apart from cigars made in other countries.
Here are some interesting facts you might not know about cuban cigars.
Traditionally hard to get hold of
Cigars are all over the island of Cuba, this unfortunately isn’t the case everywhere else. Due to the US trade embargo, it has long been impossible to source cigars unless you know someone who travels to Cuba on a regular basis.
Fashionable in 16th-century Europe
In 1492 when Christopher Columbus landed in Cuba he was an immediate fan, and he later took cigars back to Europe. They became a massive hit on the continent and turned into a must-have accessory in the 1500s.
Fidel Castro smoked Cohibas
The Cohiba brand is one of the biggest and most famous in Cuba, and it was favoured by former Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Famously, he began smoking at age 14 and was hardly ever pictured without one either in his mouth or hand for decades. He was even known to hand out special edition Cohibas to visiting officials.
They have a unique flavour
Tobacco can be likened to wine, in the sense that its flavour depends on the soil in which it is grown. As a result of this, only a Cuban cigar can taste like a Cuban cigar – of course the flavours can change slightly due to the different regions of the country too.
They ‘might’ not be the best in the world anymore
To many cigar aficionados, Cuban cigars are indisputably the best around; but some experts say that this simply isn’t necessarily true anymore. As standards of cigar making have improved in rival countries such as Nicaragua, Honduras and the Dominican Republic, cigar fanatics have begun to question the previously undisputed dominance of the Cuban cigar industry.
Poisoned cigars were used in an assassination attempt
As previously mentioned, former leader Fidel Castro was a huge lover of Cuban cigars; so much so that the CIA attempted to use this habit against him. One of many outlandish and ultimately failed attempts on his life included sending poisoned cigars as a gift.