This tobacco was created in 2012 from a cross between San Vicente and Criollo 98. It was grown a second time in 2017 when Hurricane Irma hit the Island of Hispaniola. This tobacco was intended to be grown as a shade wrapper, but I suspect the hurricane altered the growing conditions. The resulting tobacco is a very dark, thick leaf with a nutty flavor. It’s highly unlikely to see this tobacco in this condition again once the available inventory is exhausted.
Robert Goff –
The aroma of these large, thick, dark leaves instantly impressed me when I first opened the bag. Deep, rich, intensely earthy. Its nicotine is quite high–not surprising in any ligero. But that fabulous aroma still comes through in the smoke of any cigar I’ve blended it into. I can’t identify the slight edginess that I find in most Dominican San Vicente leaf, but it does seem to have a crisper aroma than Criollo 98. I consider this leaf an excellent choice for broadening the aroma profile and strength of most milder filler blends. For me, it has worked well with most wrapper varieties.