HAVANO OR PURE? BRIEF HISTORY OF TOBACCO BY JAIME ZAMBRANO
Although many people ignore or ignore the origin of the cigar as we know it today, the tobacco plant is native to South America; According to the researchers, it must have reached the island of Cuba about 2600 years ago, and after the conquest of America, its course has become a global route. Cristobal Colón found that the Taíno Indians took a group of twisted and rolled leaves that they called Cohiba, they caught and smoked them in many situations and moments of their lives.
There are different ways of consuming tobacco, the well-known cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and even monkfish, which is the preparation of tobacco to be exhaled. However, the method that concerns us today is the Pure and more specifically, the Habano
Habano is a PDO, that is to say, a protected designation of origin, there is more a "terroir" for the Habano, all Habano is Cuban but not all Cuban cigar is a Habano. The first of a denomination is the origin: to define a habano there are three permitted cultivation zones: Pilar Del Río (divided into San Juan and Martinez, and San Luis), Paritdo (where the layer leaves are made), and Remedios. Despite the cultivation and production in other areas of Cuba, it is the capital, in the city of Havana, where many of the best cigar factories are located.
The pure on the other hand is a generic, can be done anywhere in the world, it can be said that there are countries that have earned a reputation for the good product they produce such as Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua.
The gut is the central part of the Habano and is generally composed of 3 leaves: Flown, the leaf with the least strength and is valued for its combustion also known as strength 1, Dry, medium strength leaf responsible for the characteristic aromas known as strength 2 , Lightweight, sheet of great strength and slow burning responsible for much of the flavor also called strength 3, and finally Half Time, the sheet of greatest strength and that can not always be produced, only found in certain prestigious vitolas such as Behike de Cohiba is also called Fort 4.
In subsequent deliveries we will continue talking about different topics of Tobacco and its more glamorous uses, for now I say goodbye and invite you to taste a good cigar after a delicious meal.
By: JAIME ZAMBRANO GONZALEZ