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Unique in the World

  Our cigars are handcrafted from tobacco like no other ... grown from Cuban seed strains that were thought to be long gone and forgotten.  
  Cuba's Golden Age of Tobacco died when Castro diverted the efforts of farmers and agronomists from tobacco, to meet Russia's demand for sugar. Today, his agronomists and farmers have had to start all over, trying to bring together Cuba's disheveled seed program.  
  I began work as a graduate agronomical engineer in 1967, specializing in the genetic improvement of tobacco. As a project leader in the R & D department for 20 years, I worked in every area of activity for the world's largest cigar company. I followed that with 20 years as an agronomical consultant to the industry, traveling to over 20 countries. Realizing the treasured pre-Castro Cuban strains were fast disappearing, I began acquiring a bank of over 40 genetically pure pre-Castro Cuban seed varieties. They include these and other legendary, genetically-pure pre-Castro Cuban seed names:  
Rezago 11 Pinar del Río Partido Vuelta Abajo
Semi-Vuelta San Luis Remedios San Juan y Martínez
Oriente Pelo de Angel    
  Other genetically-pure seeds I obtained from other countries, originally derived from Cuban seeds, include:  
Cola de Gallo Yavis Simmaba Besuki
Java Cameroon Vizcaya  
  Another, the most unique and intriguing strain I located, is a seed the Indians in the Caribbean Basin traded with Indians from Cuba 300-500 years ago. These tribes still grow tobacco from these seeds, which they have maintained for generations.  
  This seed bank exists nowhere else in the world.  
  These seeds were not spirited out of Cuba under the cloak of darkness. My sources for this rare genetical material were industry-respected tobacco producers and geneticists, whom I met and worked with during my 20 years of consulting. These colleagues and associates included genetic researchers at Cuban Land, the prestigious agricultural research institution that operated in Cuba until Castro disbanded it.  
  In 2003, as director of Tabacos de la Cordillera, I began developing new strains, cross-breeding these ancestral seeds to elevate their qualities even more. Only the rigorous, consistent application of scientific protocols ... by someone trained and experienced in genetic sciences ... can obtain the desired results: tobacco that is robust and healthy enough to resist diseases of roots, stalks, and leaves, whether airborne or introduced through soil or by pests. Plants that adapt themselves to the soil and weather conditions in Costa Rica. Plants with middle upper leaves that point skyward, rather than laying out flat, to drain off moisture, preventing the magnifying-glass effect of sun on raindrops. Large leaves with "rectangular" shape that provides enough wrapper for large cigars. Silky leaves with fine and regularly-spaced veins, and elasticity for problem-free wrapper application. Most plants are used for our commercial tobacco, others for evaluation of their cross-bred characteristics, some for replenishment of our genetic stock. My studies and experience aided me in selecting a perfect microclimate and Cuba-like rust-red soil, ideal conditions for tobacco.  

Habano #34

Habano #91

  I also took the opportunity to apply natural growing and pest-control measures, like the Ancestral Central American Indians, who first discovered and cultivated tobacco naturally. For over 2,000 years, they have followed ancient principles in the natural cycles of farming. In addition, the counsel of many knowledgeable people in this field of study taught me the proper ecological procedures to follow in controlling pests naturally. Many insects, for example, are beneficial ... to eradicate them with a "shotgun" approach to eliminating insect pests would diminish the plants' vigor. Another example is knowing the egg-laying and hatching cycles of the horn worm, which enables us to apply the proper amount and type of treatment, at the specific time these pests are most vulnerable.  
  A formal education in scientific methodology, an experienced eye, fastidious record-keeping, and patience are what bring you these remarkable tobaccos pictured below. All have their origins in 100% genetically pure Golden Age Cuban seed. These genetical treasures are the foundation of our present day crops.  

Habano #34

Habano #50

Habano #9315

Habano #98

Habano #235


"Ancestral Cuban seeds grow the world's finest cigars™"


Tabacos de la Cordillera
Santa Marta de Puriscal
Costa Rica, Central America

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