This article is provided by The Cigar Club
Recreational cigar smoking has always had an association with a culture of style, sophistication and rich history. Best of all, cigars greatly benefit the import and export factors of different countries across the world, leading to a diverse cultural effort.
In 2015, there are mixed opinions as to the necessity and quality of the modern cigar smoking past time, which many steering away from stogies and towards a newer and more novelty cigarette habit. Despite this, the cigar community has remained strong and continues to produce truly fine cigars that push the boundaries of taste and quality.
This stogie-loving community has expanded, too. No longer are cigars a penchant strictly for the older gentleman, now the younger generation is seen just as regularly toting a cigarillo or full blown Cuban, alongside the mature audience. The stylistic nature of cigars and its culture has worked in tandem with modern media, amongst other influences, to enhance an image which is attractive, and demands involvement for anybody wanting to be ‘in the know’.
The popularity of cigars has also meant that the top dogs have shifted positions in recent years. Whilst at one time Cuba was the only place worth looking for a high quality smoke, these days any aficionado worth his salt knows that other regions are slowly overtaking Cuba in the race. One article by the Washington post noted that out of the 25 top rated cigars in the world, only 3 were Cuban. The vast majority of the top 25 list was split between the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua. Indeed, the only type of cigar with a smaller share of the list was Honduras.
Don’t be fooled, however, just because other regions around the world are pushing Cuba out of the spotlight doesn’t mean the battle is lost. Growing diplomatic cooperation between Cuba and the U.S, for instance, gives a strong indication of an increase in exporting of goods, meaning Cuban cigars could soon be making regular appearances on American shelves.
Also giving new life to the Cuban cigar industry are entrepreneurs like Hirochi Robaina, head of a family in El Pinar Robaina, where they are producing cigars being bought at up to $800 a piece. Made with Nicaraguan tobacco, this fine Cuban product is currently being praised by Robaina across the U.S, where he hopes to export his product once relations between the two nations solidify once and for all.