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What is the Best Tobacco for Cigars?

15 May 2024
Cigar Detective - What is the Best Tobacco for Cigars

There are different categories and uses for the various types of tobacco, each with its own characteristics. Some of these characteristics depend on the type of environment and the conditions in which they have developed. It is important for every enthusiast to know the details and the importance of distinguishing the nuances that make each cigar unique.

It's crucial for every aficionado to familiarize themselves with the intricacies of each type of tobacco utilized in cigars. Understanding these details allows us to appreciate the nuances in flavor, aroma, and texture that different tobaccos impart to the smoking experience. Moreover, being aware of the most commonly used tobacco varieties in the world of cigars provides aficionados with valuable insight into the industry's trends, traditions, and preferences. This knowledge empowers them to make informed choices when selecting and enjoying their cigars, enriching their overall smoking journey.

Types Of Tobacco Plant Strains


Corojo tobacco, originating from the dense Amazonas jungle in South America, has found its cultivation grounds in the Antilles islands, Central America, and Western Kentucky. Renowned for its spicy essence, the Corojo leaf has historically been utilized as a wrapper, though its vulnerability to disease prompted the development of hybrids like the Habano 2000.

Criollo Tobacco

Meaning "native" in Spanish, Criollo tobacco is believed to have existed in the Tahino culture long before the arrival of Columbus. While the Cuban Criollo served mainly as filler, variations of Criollo from different regions like Nicaragua, Honduras, and elsewhere exhibit diverse flavor profiles ranging from sweet to earthy and nutty. Increasingly popular as a wrapper, Criollo adds complexity to cigar blends worldwide.

Habano & Habano 2000

Habano, characterized by its dark, spicy, and aromatic qualities, primarily functions as a wrapper leaf. Its counterpart, Habano 2000, arose from the fusion of Corojo and milder Cuban tobacco strains, aiming to combat diseases like blue mold while preserving the rich characteristics of its predecessors.


Piloto tobacco, hailing from the tobacco-rich region of Pinar del Rio in Cuba, is renowned for its robust flavor and full-bodied nature, often accentuated by spicy undertones. Following the Cuban Revolution, Piloto seeds found refuge in the Dominican Republic, where they continue to thrive, contributing to the premium cigar industry.


Native to the Dominican Republic, Olor tobacco boasts complexity and excellent burning qualities, despite its thinner and less resilient leaves compared to Piloto. Valued for its nuanced flavors, Olor is a sought-after component in cigar blends.


Initially relegated to filler or binder roles, Broadleaf tobacco has gained prominence as a wrapper, particularly in the production of Maduro cigars. Though challenging to handle, its bold flavor profile, cultivated primarily in Connecticut, warrants its respected status among cigar enthusiasts.

Connecticut Shade Tobacco

Grown alongside Broadleaf in the Connecticut River Valley, Connecticut Shade tobacco thrives under shaded conditions, resulting in a delicate, mild flavor profile. A hybrid of Asian Sumatra and Cuban leaf, it offers elasticity and a refined smoking experience.


Hailing from Africa, specifically Cameroon and neighboring Central African Republic, Cameroon tobacco, derived from Sumatra seed, imparts buttery, peppery, and leathery notes, primarily serving as a wrapper leaf for mild filler blends.

Sumatra Tobacco

Originally discovered in Indonesia, Sumatra tobacco, particularly the Ecuadorian variety, is prized for its rich color, oily texture, and spicy aroma, predominantly utilized as a wrapper leaf in premium cigar blends.

Note: Tobacco comes in a variety of types. This article highlighted several, particularly those used in crafting premium hand-rolled cigars.

What is the Best Tobacco for Cigars?

Cigar Detective - Piloto Tobacco

A large percentage of the tobacco used in premium cigars today is derived from piloto tobacco. In 1962, the piloto leaf made its way from Cuba to the Dominican Republic, cleverly transported in envelopes padded with cotton. This type of tobacco has since become a cornerstone of the Dominican tobacco industry. Though the piloto seed's origins are Cuban, extensive cultivation and adaptation in the Dominican Republic have transformed it into a distinctively Dominican variety. The Cibao Valley in Santiago province, the heart of the country's cigar production, is the primary region where piloto tobacco thrives, cementing its status as a crucial component of the local tobacco industry.

Piloto tobacco thrives on ample sunshine for its optimal growth conditions. For that reason, the strain is planted in October in the DR, and it grows easily while avoiding the dry season, January and February.

Piloto Tobacco Flavor

Piloto tobacco is known for its robust flavor profile. It is predominantly used as filler tobacco, but some, notably cultivated by the Fuente family, is grown under the sun to be used as wrapper leaves. This tobacco offers a rich mix of flavors, including hints of cinnamon, nuts, and earthy tones, complemented by subtle vanilla undertones. The stronger leaves can also impart a peppery kick.

Which Cigars Are Made with Piloto Tobacco?

Cigar Detective - Piloto Tobacco - Davidoff Grand Cru No. 3

If you're a fan or enjoy Dominican cigars, it's most likely that Piloto tobacco is part of their blend. This is especially true for Davidoff cigars, which often incorporate piloto tobacco from various parts of the plant in different ratios. For instance, the Davidoff Grand Cru No. 3, a mild 5 by 43 cigar priced around $17, features an Ecuador Connecticut wrapper and uses piloto tobacco to introduce a peppery flavor note.

The Honduran Punch After Dinner cigars, sized at 7.25 by 45 and costing between $6 and $7, also include piloto tobacco in their filler blend. These cigars come with either an Ecuador Sumatra or a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper. The Sumatra-wrapped version offers an earthy, peppery profile, while the Maduro variant provides additional sweetness and pronounced dark chocolate, hickory, and black pepper flavors.

La Flor Dominicana’s Reserva Especial, known for its impeccable construction and precise burn, is a medium-strength cigar that incorporates piloto filler with an Ecuador Connecticut wrapper. The Gran Robusto (5.5 by 60) and the Toro (6 by 54), each priced at $10, feature a peppery wrapper enhanced by earthy spices and a creamy, toasty finish.


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