Binder:Mexican San Andrean
Filler:Dominican (Piloto Cubano), Mexican
To this day, Macanudo is crafted with the same combination of tobaccos created nearly 50 years ago. But why cultivate and grow tobacco in Connecticut instead of Cuba or Latin America like the other brands? Well, it turns out the microclimate in the Connecticut Farmington Valley is perfect for growing tobacco. So, really, the question is “why not”?
The name Connecticut Shade comes from the way the tobacco plants are nurtured. The young saplings are shaded under a cloth of thin muslin which filter sunlight so the leaves don’t burn. When the leaves are prime for harvesting, they’re picked according to what’s called primings, their position on the plant; the leaves closest to the soil are picked first. Macanudo selects the leaves that will become the wrapper from the middle or higher parts of the plant. That’s because the natural sugar is higher there and helps shape the cigar’s signature taste.
The curing process is also done in the Farmington Valley. It’s a slow procedure that requires constant management of the heat and humidity. Curing is essential to ensuring leaf quality, and this also takes place in the Farmington Valley. This provides the typical Macanudo color and the famous aroma.
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