Date: September 2022
Author: Billie

The most famous cigar producing countries in the Caribbean are Cuba, Nicaragua, Honduras and the Dominican Republic. Then there is Costa Rica and Brazil, most cigar smokers know that they make cigars as well. And there are countries where you don’t expect cigars from, countries as Peru, Paraguay, Aruba (one of the islands of the Dutch Antilles) and we can now add the Cayman Islands to that list. The Cayman Cigar Company is growing tobacco and making cigars on the Grand Cayman Island and donates all the proceeds that aren’t pumped back into the business to several charities.

They work with the Grand Cayman-based non-profit Beacon Farms, which provides agriculture-based careers for Caymanians who have embraced sobriety. As part of their partnership, Beacon Farms is currently developing a unique Caymanian tobacco variety for use in Cayman Cigar Company’s products. The company is the vision of John Lemuel “Lem” Hurlston and Granger Haugh who came up with the idea to make a ‘for-profit/non-profit’ cigar brand and to do so they hired two Cuban-born and classically trained Master Cigar Rollers to produce its premium cigars by hand.

Currently the company has the Sovereign Collection in a 5¾x44 Corona and a 5¾x50 Robusto with three different blends. The Sovereign #1 has a Brazilian Bahia Sumatra wrapper over a USA Broadleaf binder and Brazilian Volado and Cuban Seed Criollo Seco and Ligero filler. The Sovereign #2 has a USA Broadleaf wrapper and binder over Cuban Seed Criollo Seco and Volado. And the #3 is featuring a Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper over a USA Broadleaf binder and fillers consisting or Brazilian Volado and Cuban Seed Criollo Seco and Ligero.

Then there are blends with one single vitola such as the Connecticut Shade wrapped Caravel, Monarch with an Arapiraca wrapper and the Diplomat with a Brazilian Shade wrapper. The last one is available in two sizes, robusto and corona.

Sovereign No. 1

This is positioned as a medium-bodied blend in the collection. This features a Brazilian Bahia Sumatra wrapper over a USA Broadleaf binder and fillers consisting of Brazilian Volado and Cuban Seed Criollo Seco and Ligero.

Sovereign No. 2

This is positioned as a milder blend in the collection. It features a USA Broadleaf wrapper and binder over Cuban Seed Criollo Seco and Volado.

Sovereign No. 3

This is a fuller-bodied offering featuring a Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper over a USA Broadleaf binder and fillers consisting or Brazilian Volado and Cuban Seed Criollo Seco and Ligero.

Caravel

This is a petit offering featuring a Connecticut Capa Alto wrapper over Cuban and Brazilian long-leaf fillers.

Diplomat

This is described as a strong yet polished profile. It consists of a Brazilian Shade wrapper over a San Andres binder and Cuban-seed fillers. This line is available in Robusto and Corona sizes.

Monarch

Described by the company as delivering “the perfect blend of structure and richness,” this cigar features an Arapiraca wrapper over Cuban seed ligero, seco, and viso.

Charities

The company has identified the following charities it has worked with

  • Raymond Davis Templar Foundation: Committed to funding opportunities for at-risk communities in the Holy Land. The foundation provides academic scholarships focusing on STEM subjects and vocational opportunities to high school students.
  • National Warplane Museum: Dedicated to the preservation and operation of WW2, Korea, and Vietnam-era aircraft.
  • Smoking Shields Florida and Smoking Shields Maryland: Registered 501c3 non-profit organizations created in 2017 by and for law-enforcement professionals with a passion for fine cigars and a desire to help our nation’s heroes.

 

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