Even a gentle breeze can ruin the experience of a handmade smoke, but don’t tell that to Dominican cigarmaker and tobacco grower José "Jochy" Blanco, who is looking to harness the power of the wind with his new brand, La Galera Anemoi.
For those who have forgotten their ancient Greek mythology (or never knew it in the first place), the Anemoi were wind gods given names that represented the cardinal direction from which their breezes came. Due to the influence that the wind could have on everyday life, the Greeks worshipped the Anemoi to a degree. Winds can also play a minor role in how well a field of tobacco grows, hence the name.
La Galera Anemoi uses Dominincan tobaccos grown by Blanco for its filler and binder. The filler is a mix of Criollo ’98 and Piloto Cubano grown in La Canela, while the filler is a Corojo binder from Blanco’s farm in Jacagua. These elements are covered by a dark, oily Connecticut broadleaf wrapper that Blanco says has been aging for “many years.”
The new, regular-production brand will come in four sizes, each named after one of the Anemoi gods: Boreas ($8.50) measures 4 3/4 inches by 46 ring gauge; Eurus ($9.25), 5 1/2 by 48; Notos ($10), 5 by 56; Zephyrus ($11), 6 by 60. There is also a fifth size, Anemoi ($12), 6 3/8 by 52, which represents the totality of the brand.
The cigars will come packed in 20-count boxes, and are being rolled at Tabacalera Palma, Blanco’s cigar factory located in the Dominican Republic.