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Stogie Fresh - Podcast Episode-90-Pinar del Rio 1941
Sunday, November 11, 2007
  DESCRIPTION: This week’s featured cigar is the new Pinar del Rio 1941 Torpedo. This is an incredibly rare cigar that has a miniscule production run of 8,000 cigars or only 320 boxes in this line.  
  So what’s the story on this cigar?
Well, in 1941, a revolutionary new
strain of tobacco was developed in
Cuba by the island’s esteemed
tobacco research facility know as
Cuban Land. First introduced and
released to regional farmers in 1941,
this tobacco was named after region
it was grown in and was called
Pinar del Rio 1941.
  The Pinar del Rio 1941 became the standard for tobacco from that region for two decades. Cigars made from the Pinar del Rio 1941 leaf were noted for their depth and complexity, as well as superior burning properties. Though one of the fullest-bodied of Cuban tobaccos, the Pinar del Rio 1941 had power, but was also smooth and lacked the bite and harshness on the palate of the tobacco that would be later grown under the Castro regime.  
  Pinar del Rio Tobacco  
  Photo: Pinar del Rio 1941: newly transplanted seedling  
  In the 1960s, Castro dismantled Cuban Land and other tobacco research for several years, reassigning the island’s former tobacco researchers to the cultivation of sugar for Cold War Russia. This moratorium on Cuban genetic research resulted in the neglect of tobacco breeding stocks and as a result, these tobaccos from Cuba’s Golden Age of Cigars eventually disappeared, including the legendary Pinar del Rio 1941.  
  But that’s not the end of this story. After more than 60 years, this legendary seed is being grown again in the small mountainous region of Costa Rica known as Puriscal. The Costa Rica-based company, Tabacos de la Cordillera, has successfully grown, harvested, and processed tobacco once again from these rare and thought to be “extinct” Pinar del Rio 1941 Cuban seeds.  
"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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