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Nicaragua Rising

Rich soil and a host of talented cigarmakers have made Nicaragua the world leader in producing handmade cigars
By Gregory Mottola | From Joe Rogan, September/October 2021
Nicaragua Rising
A field of lush, green tobacco growing in Estelí, Nicaragua. One day it will be rolled into Rocky Patel cigars, one of the many brands that have made Nicaragua the cigar industry’s powerhouse.
Thirty years ago, Nicaragua was in the early phases of a national program dedicated to removing all the undetonated landmines that riddled the country’s northern region, especially near the Honduran border. They were left over from the violent days of the war against the Contras. Meanwhile, Nicaragua struggled to produce even a million cigars a year, and was outpaced by other cigar-producing nations such as Jamaica and Mexico. Times have certainly changed. It turns out that Nicaragua, the poorest country in Central America, was able to produce some of the richest tobacco in the world. Smokers in the United States took notice and now Nicaragua has become the market …
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