Cuban cigars are cigars manufactured in Cuba from tobacco grown within that island nation. Historically regarded as among the world’s “finest”, they are synonymous with the island’s culture and contribute nearly one-quarter of the value of all exports from the country.
The filler, binder, and wrapper may come from different areas of the island, though much is produced in Pinar del Río province, in the regions of Vuelta Abajo and Semi Vuelta, as well as in farms in the Viñales region. All cigar production in Cuba is controlled by state-owned Cubatabaco. The Cuban cigar is also referred to as “El Habano”.
A Cuban cigar is hand-rolled (Hecho a mano) Cubatabaco and Habanos SA (held equally by the Cuban state and Altadis, a Spanish-based private concern) do all the work relating to Cuban cigars, including manufacture, quality control, promotion and distribution, and export. Habanos SA handles export and distribution, largely through its European partner Altadis. All boxes and labels are marked Hecho en Cuba (Spanish for Made in Cuba). Machine-bunched cigars finished by hand add Hecho a mano (handmade), while fully handmade cigars say Totalmente a mano (entirely handmade). Torcedores are highly respected in Cuban society and culture and travel worldwide displaying the art of hand-rolling cigars. Today, most Torcedores are women or Torcedoras.
Cuban cigar brands and brand names are among the most recognized and prestigious in the world.
La Flor de Cano
Saint Luis Rey
Hoyo de Monterrey
Romeo y Julieta
Flor de Juan Lopez
La Gloria Cubana
El Rey del Mundo
Jose L. Piedra