Wrappers A-Z: Sumatra


Sumatra - this is where it gets complicated for me. Sumatra is a sub-species of "Black Tobacco", the tobacco used in cigars. But there are several different types of wrapper leaf grown in Indonesia/Java/Sumatra and depending on manufacturer, the description "Sumatra" may mean a Sumatra leaf or it may mean a wrapper from the Sumatra region (TBN, Connecticut Shade, VBN, etc.).

That said I dislike a lot of cigars that uses "this" wrapper. The bad ones I find sour and cloying and the bad taste coats the tongue and makes it hard to try another cigar. This can make a great cigar or a horrible one. This seems to be the more abundant wrapper leaves on the market.



Rocky Patel 1961 Toro

Rocky Patel 1961 Toro

Rocky PatelOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6.5 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador
Binder : Honduras
Filler : Nicaragua
Price : $146.99 for a box of 20
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Rocky Patel’s 1961 is the first cigar produced at the new Tabacalera Villa Cuba in Esteli, Nicaragua. The Toro was released at last year’s IPCPR show in New Orleans. It features an Ecuadorian-grown Habano wrapper; a Honduran binder; and a Nicaraguan filler. It comes in four vitolas: a 5.5 in x 44 Corona; 5 x 50 Robusto; 6.13 x 52 Torpedo; and today’s featured cigar, a 6.5 x 52 Toro.

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Wrappers A-Z: Habano 2000 (H 2000)

The Habano 2000 plant is supposedly a cross between Cuban-seed and Connecticut Shade. This wrapper was extremely popular in the 90's but is being used less frequently. The origin of the cigar is that it originally was developed in Cuba, hence its initial popularity. It was first grown outside of Cuba by Nestor Plasencia. I find that the H2000 wrappers taste musty and earthy, and are way thicker than Connecticut Shade, but not quite as thick as the Broadleaf. This wrapper is mostly grown in Nicaragua, Honduras and Ecuador. I find H2000 wrapped cigars often do not burn evenly.

Other Versions

  • Ecuadorian Habano - found on the Cienfuegos cigar from Puros Indios.
  • Honduran Habano - rich and creamy, when grown in Honduras the H2000 wrapper appears to be a bit thinner, yielding fewer combustion problems than when grown in other countries. Try the Carlos Torano Exodus 1959.
  • Nicaraguan Habano - a richer fuller-bodied flavor with the Nicaraguan-grown type, try the Alec Bradley Maxx, the Gran Habano #3, or the Montecristo H2000 to get a good feel for this wrapper.


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Wrappers A-Z: Maduro

Padrón Serie 1926 40th Anniversary Maduro

"Maduro" is a Spanish adjective meaning "ripe". By the loosest definition, a wrapper leaf is a maduro if it's dark enough. Maduro is really a shade of tobacco, not a wrapper type. But it's being used more and more as a wrapper type so I felt inclined to include it.

Maduros are generally thought of as either Broadleaf or of Brazilian origin. But take the Padron Natural and Maduro line for example and the only difference between the two is how long the leaves are exposed to the sun and the curing process. Maduros are usually stalk-cut instead of primed (layers of leaves at a time). The plants are cut at the base and allowed to wilt in the sun for a few hours to make them easier to handle. Quality Maduros are cured over a long period of time, often up to 5 years.

Due to the wrapper's popularity, many have found shortcuts to getting a dark wrapper color. One method is painting the wrappers or dipping them in dye (I swear you can write on the wall with the head of a CAO MX2). Another is cooking the leaf using a device similar to a stovetop espresso coffee maker. Here's a great article on Maduro cigars.

Maduro Versions

  • Brazilian Maduro - see sections on Mata Fina or Arapiraca wrappers.
  • Connecticut Broadleaf - see section on CBL.
  • Costa Rican Maduro - very earthy, kind of like that weird flavor you get with a Mexican wrapper, but a little different. Try the Carlos Torano Reserva Selecta Maduro and the Bucanero Canon Cubano Maduro.
  • Mexican Maduro - uses the San Andres Negro strain for this wrapper.
  • Nicaraguan Maduro - My favorite maduro wrapper, the Nicaraguan version will more likely have more spice and earth than sweet, but the sweetness rounds and calms the strength and oomph of Nicaraguan tobacco. The best example is any Padron.


Cigar of the Week: La Aurora 1495

Featuring tobacco from Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Peru, La Aurora 1495 (at least the original one) is wrapped in an Ecuadorian leaf. Being the very first line created by La Aurora and Jose Blanco, it definitely helped to establish the good reputation this company boasts.

La Aurora 1495 Robusto

  • I reviewed the La Aurora 1495 robusto a couple of months ago and it has gained a place in my regular rotation since then.
  • Recently, the Connoisseurs selection was released, which consists of the same cigar with different wrappers. Cigarfan tried them and summarizes his impressions in this great review.
  • There is another good review of this stick on Cigar Review Rag. Check it out.

Where to get it?

These can be found at around $5-6 each, which is quite a good deal, IMO. If you can find the '94 version (review), it might be a good idea to get some as well!
Check out the prices here.

Flor de Oliva Torpedo

Flor de Oliva Torpedo

Oliva CigarsOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Sumatra
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : ~$2.50
More info about purchasing Flor de Oliva cigars...

Background Info

Handmade by the Oliva family, this particular cigar is a ever popular choice in the world of budget-conscious cigar buyers.

Mission Debrief

Coming from last review where I reviewed the pricey God of Fire, I wanted to follow up with a cigar that anyone could afford. One of my go-to, affordable cigars in my humidor is the Flor de Oliva. I discovered it about a year ago from the cigar chatter via Twitter but because of the price tag (note: cheap), I was a bit wary it might end up like the cigars you see behind the counter at a gas station. Nevertheless, I heeded the words of those I trust and followed through.

Read the full review of Flor de Oliva Torpedo...

Avo Compañero (LE 09)

Avo Compañero (LE09)

Avo CigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Toro
Size : 6.0″ x 54
Wrapper : Cuban Seed Ecuadorian Sun Grown
Filler : Three types of Dominican Ligero and a Peruvian Seco leaf
Binder : Dominican
Price : $15+ each
More info about purchasing Avo cigars...

The Compañero is Mr. U’s 83rd Birthday Cigar. Most everyone who is into cigars knows that every year Avo releases a Limited Edition cigar to celebrate Mr. Avo Uvezian’s birthday. Last year in April of 2009 I had the honor of attending one of his many birthday parties. Even at 83 Mr.U is still touring the country celebrating his birthday with his fans. At this celebration I picked up a box of the LE09′s [l-ee-oh-nines] as they are also known as.

Read the full review of Avo Compañero (LE 09)...

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