Ecuadorian Habano Wrappers in Philadelphia

Ecuadorian Habano Wrappers in Philadelphia

Ecuadorian Habano Wrappers in Philadelphia

"I believe the Ecuador Habano wrapper has the most flavor out of all the wrappers." -Rocky Patel

Ecuador is a haven for the best cigar wrappers in the world. Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is probably the most popular today.

Oliva Tobacco (not to confuse with Oliva Cigars), was the first company to plant Habano seeds in Ecuador. The Tampa, Florida-based company that grows the majority of the crop uses 70% of its farmland for Ecuador Habano leaves. Let's look at why the cigar industry is so obsessed with Ecuadorian Habano Leaf.

Ecuador has 32 volcanoes active. The soil is rich and fertile, so that almost any seed can thrive. Ashes and other volcanic residues act as organic fertiliser, making the soil rich and mineral-rich. Cloud cover is a natural filter for the sun and allows for a longer growing season, lasting from May to January. The Ecuadorian Habano plant grows taller, and produces leaves that are more supple and oily than other leaves.

The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper can be very complex and unique, depending on the way the leaf has been fermented. It could range from being spicy and bold to medium and sweet. When fermented over longer periods, the higher priming leaves add more flavor to blends. Natural valley mists create a tobacco leaf with a silky appearance and a pleasant oily feel. The Ecuadorian Habano is a smooth, dense leaf that often has a rich flavor of spice, caramel, and pepper. The end product is uniform and has perfect combustion. This gives it the taste and balance of premium cigars.

The CAO Concert cigar and the MONTE by Montecristo are two excellent cigars that use Oliva's Ecuadorian Habano leaves. Rocky Patel's 15th Anniversary is made with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and Jalapa binder. The filler is Nicaraguan. Herrera Esteli Robusto Extra by Drew Estate utilizes the Ecuadorian Habano leaf. AJ Fernandez, the renowned cigar expert, offers his Last call cigars with Ecuadorian Habano Rosado or Pennsylvania Broadleaf Maduro wrappings. Romeo by Romeo y Julieta with the Habano Leaf has classic Havana characteristics.

A cigar is more than just the wrapper. The filler leaf alone can contain a variety of tobaccos from different regions. And then there's the wrapper and binder leaves. Any combination of these leaves will contribute to the overall flavor, strength and body of the final product.

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