Why do Cuban Cigars taste like they taste and why does piloto cubano taste different coming from outside Cuba? It must be the soil, mustn’t it?
Of course there are other factors like harvesting, curing, storing and processing to name to most prominent ones but soil must have the biggest impact. It’s what nourishes the plants and to make my theory complete (without knowing the processes in and outside of Cuba) is the striking difference in taste comparing Habanos with other cigars made from so called piloto cubano. OK – everything I say here is quite shaky cannot be backed up and the seeds taken off the Cuban island back then might as well have been treated the wrong way. Western union locations But bear with me for this thought.
Let’s look at the where tobacco is grown. It’s not all over the place and there is a noticeable difference between Vuelta abajo and other areas where tobacco is planted in taste. Even within Vuelta abajo there are places that are more prestigious than others.
Another thing that strikes me is that there are whole generations and families of Vegueros that dedicate their lives to planting, growing and harvesting. I can only bow in front of so much experience. They are able to live, breath and feel the soil. They know if it is too dry or what to do in case of colder weather and so on because their grandfathers taught them. An amazing treasure right there.
Of course not only the soil is important if not the plant itself. But the plant itself is worth an independent post.
But I believe, it’s all in the roots.