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The Mystique of Medio Tempo

This powerful, yet fickle tobacco brings strength and complexity to a cigar blend
| By Gregory Mottola | From Brian Cox, November/December 2021
The Mystique of Medio Tempo
Photo/Mark Allen Miller
I n 1908, Japanese biochemist Kikunae Ikeda attempted to reproduce the savory taste found in seaweed and thus formulated an additive called monosodium glutamate. It’s used today to not only add flavor to foods, but to also enhance the perception of the ingredients in any given dish. In the cigar world, there’s a tobacco that does the same thing. Unlike MSG, this particular tobacco can’t be mass-produced in a lab, nor can it be grown in large quantities. The leaf in question is called medio tiempo, and it’s appearing in more and more cigars, promising an enhanced experience and an added wow factor to your smoke.  Medio tiempo functions in much the same way MSG …
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