Ecuador has become a mecca for growing most of the world’s best cigar wrappers. Now Ecuadorian Habano wrappers provide some of the most beloved flavors.
“I think the Ecuador Habano has the most flavor of any wrapper out there.” -Rocky Patel.
Ecuador has become a mecca for growing most of the world’s best cigar wrappers. Ecuadorian Habano is arguably the most widely used wrapper today for rolling premium cigars.
The Oliva Tobacco Company (not to be confused with Oliva Cigars) was the first to plant Habano seed in Ecuador. The Tampa, Florida company growing most of the crop has 70% of their farmland in use for the Ecuador Habano leaf. The cigar industry can’t get enough of Ecuadorian Habano leaf; let’s explore the reasons why.
Ecuador is home to 32 active volcanoes. The soil is so rich and fertile almost any seed planted will flourish. The ash and other volcanic residue act as organic fertilizer, making the soil rich in minerals and ideal for growing tobacco. Continuous cloud cover acts as a natural sun filter and has a growing season that runs from May to January. The Ecuadorian Habano plants grow taller and produce leaves that are much more oily and pliable than other leaves.
Depending on how the leaf is fermented and aged, Ecuadorian Habano can range from very bold with heavy spice to more medium-bodied and sweet, making it also one of the most complex unique wrappers. The higher priming leaves provide more flavor to the blend when fermented for longer periods of time. The natural valley mists produce a tobacco leaf that is silky in appearance and oily to the touch. The smooth Ecuadorian Habano leaf is often rich and dense with spice, pepper, caramel and sweet nicotine notes. The final product is aesthetically uniform with perfect combustion, which provides the flavor and balance of a premium cigar.
Some excellent cigars rolled in Oliva’s Ecuadorian-grown Habano leaves include CAO Concert and MONTE by Montecristo cigars. The Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary features an Ecuadorian grown Habano wrapper, Jalapa grown binder, and a Nicaraguan filler. Herrera Estelí Robusto Extra by Drew Estate utilizes the Ecuadorian Habano leaf. Renowned cigar genius AJ Fernandez offers his Last Call cigars in an Ecuadorian Habano Rosado and Pennsylvania Broadleaf Maduro wrappers. Romeo by Romeo y Julieta, with the Habano leaf, has the classic characteristics of the original Havana blend.
Remember a cigar is much more than just a wrapper. Cigars may contain many different types of tobacco from diverse regions just in the filler alone, and then there is the binder and wrapper leaf. Therefore, any combination of these leaves will significantly contribute toward the overall flavor, strength, and body of the end product.