Honduran Cigar Characteristics
Honduras has a long history of cultivating tobacco. As you’ll later in this guide, the Spanish had been developing its industry since the mid-18th century. However, it has often been overshadowed by its neighbours like Nicaragua, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic.
For most of its history, Honduran tobacco was exported in its raw form to Europe and North America. For instance, the vast majority of factories that assembled cigars from Honduras were based in Tampa, Florida.
Demand for Honduran tobacco increased following the Cuban Revolution. Many of the tobacco producers that fled Cuba settled in Honduras to cultivate seeds that they had smuggled out of the country. For this reason, much of today’s Honduran tobacco is derived from Cuban varieties.
Similarly, Cuban cigar manufacturers established new factories in Florida and since Cuban tobacco was inaccessible, they turned to Honduras’ production.
Honduras witnessed another spike in production during Nicaragua’s Sandinista Revolution. A large portion of both Cuban and native Nicaraguan cigar producers fled the conflict by crossing the border into Honduras.
For instance, the prevalent Plasencia family moved to Danlí in 1985 where they established a new factory. Starting with just 5 rollers, Plasencia now makes over 35 million cigars a year. Although it eventually returned to Nicaragua, 60% of its total production continues in Honduras.
Honduran Tobacco Regions
Much of the Honduran tobacco production takes places in the area along the Jamastrán Valley between Danlí and the Nicaraguan border. Indeed, this region is an extension of Nicaragua’s Jalapa Valley and features similar geography.
The greatest concentration of farms are in the province of El Paraiso and while the majority of factories are near Danlí, some can also be found there, too. El Paraiso grows a wide variety of tobacco but is also known for Connecticut shade-grown wrappers.
Meanwhile, the central Talanga Valley is a mountainous region northwest of Danlí. It is known for its sun-grown tobacco, which is produced using transparent “encallado” tents to protect the leaves from the high winds.
Finally, the Copán region near the Guatemalan border is a historical tobacco-growing site. It was popularised by the Spanish in the mid-18th century and has retained a presence near Santa Rosa.
Honduran Tobacco Varieties
Typically, Honduras’ production consists of Cuban seed tobacco varieties. In many cases, they have been hybridized in order to better adapt to Honduras’ soil and climate. The most popular varieties are Corojo and Criollo.
These potent types of tobacco are usually sun-grown but Corojo can be cultivated as shade tobacco. Similarly, Honduras has a major Connecticut shade-grown industry, too.
Honduran Cigar Flavour Profile
Honduran cigars are often associated with distinctively bold flavours. While this assumption is true to a certain extent, you will have noticed in the list above that the country hosts a dynamic variety of cigars.
Nevertheless, the country’s soil and climate will impart certain flavours. For example, it may impart somewhat earthy and spicy flavours in some cases. However, since Honduran tobacco can also be shade-grown, it can also be mild and creamy.
Needless to say, Honduran cigars far exceed their reputation and are often underestimated for both the quality and diversity that they can provide.
How Did We Rank These Cigars?
All the cigars listed above have been fully-reviewed or at least formally tested using the Bespoke Unit Cigar Formula. This quantifiable review matrix was developed in order to create a fair and balanced methodology.
We first tested this standardised model with our review of the Avo Nicaragua in August 2019. Since then, it has been carefully revised and optimised in order to improve its accuracy.
Therefore, rest assured that the cigars featured here were thoughtfully curated rather than chosen by random.
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