Heading to the Dominican Republic
Posted: Jan 7, 2008 12:27pm ET
This is the time of year my cigar travels get into full swing. Winter in New York means tobacco season in the Caribbean and Central America, and a week from today I’ll be stomping my boots in Santiago, Dominican Republic, looking at tobacco in the fields and watching cigars being rolled in the city’s myriad cigar factories.
The Dominican Republic is the world’s leading producer of premium cigars. More cigars are rolled by hand in the Dominican Republic than in any other country. Honduras, Nicaragua and even Cuba pale in comparison. It’s an amazing statistic, especially when you consider that as recently as 1980 few cigars were rolled there.
I’ll spend the week in the Dominican, meeting up with cigarmakers, filling my notebooks and shooting videos for this web site. I’m going to be joined by Michael Moretti, who manages www.cigaraficionado.com, who will be getting his feet wet on his first trip into the cigar factories. You’ll be able to follow our travels as I file daily blogs.
Before I headed out, I wanted to give you a chance to have some input on the trip. Do you have a question about Dominican cigars, either for me or for one of your favorite cigarmakers? Ask it here.
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