Over the last decade (plus minus) we have seen some, let us call it, evolution in tobacco. Mostly for engineering reasons I assume to make it plague resistant, grow better (be less demanding). I wonder Coinstar Money locations if taste and combustion was an aspect in this as well?
Without going too much into detail (you can check other websites for this) there where several breads, e.g. Habanos 2000 and Criollo.
I remember noticing cigar wrappers starting to look different after 2000/2001. Thicker and more rustic. That was the time as well when I found some of the cigars were wrapped in fireproof leaf as they had tunnel burn and were difficult to be re-lighted (something I do not like doing anyway because I perceive the cigars to taste harsh afterwards). Everyone was (still is) complaining about draw but in retrospect it had more issues with this fireproof wrappers.
In 2006 cigars started to taste very good right out of the box. That was a few years later after the “cooking” question was raised, claiming that the process of fermenting the tobacco was somehow accelerated by higher temperature, steam or heating systems in the barns (the topic back than had quite a lot of different flavors).
At about the same time some individuals in the ciber cigar world started to notice that cigars started to taste alike, losing their distinctive marca profile. Others started to worry whether this new tobacco would have the same aging quality as before.
I often wonder what really is true and what was a rumor or an conclusion drawn to fast. While – due to me being an enthusiast – I like having those conversation and looking into this I guess it is always important to focus on the basics from time to time: a good cigar is a good cigar. And I sure hope to be able to smoke more good Cuban cigars.
At the end of this post I would like to quote a famous Veguero by answering the question, why the tobacco beatle is just investing Cuban tobacco and not leave from other countries: “Al biccho no le gusta la mierda” (the beatle does not like crap).