Habanos history

Monique Brossert October 21, 2013
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CUBAN CIGARS – HABANOS HISTORY

cubancigarsbestIt’s hard to comprise something within few words when you prefer talking about Habanos history.
Havana has a rich culture in terms of producing cigars. This city itself has stated a great history and inspiring stature towards fellow countries to produce quality cigars. Cuban cigars can’t be completed if you omit the tag Habanos! However, habanos history of cigar production can’t be bounded with hundreds of years. It was South America from where the tobacco plant was initiated in Cuba.
There is still confusion over the exact time or locations of bringing to Cuba, but it is assumed that, it happened in between 2000 to 3000 B.C. In those periods, the aborigines used to consider these tobacco plants as miraculous medicine, and significant part of their political, religious and social programs. The tobacco plant was also part of the cultivating items that helped them to expand it impressively.
Europeans got a chance to introduce with this plant when they succeeded reaching Americas. They also believed that, this tobacco leave could be a great source of spiritual and physical pleasure. Thus, it hadn’t taken much time for adopting this magic leaves as passion for old continent. It is stated that, Spain had the most number of smokers at that period of time, and the people were subjected for punishments due to smoking. This passion became habit and spread towards Japan, Persia, Russia and Turkey. Interesting fact is that, tobacco started using for medicinal purposes as it has been banned for smoking.
King Philip V started growing tobacco under royal venture in Cuba. This history has been regarded as Estanco Del Tabaco. This monopoly product sustained for 1817 as it had been removed by a royal decree. The incidence opened up the door for trading freely between Cuba and the rest of the world as long it is bounded by Spanish territory. Slaves were not included for tobacco growing as it had to be cultivated and harvested carefully. Some of the Canary Island immigrants used to work on those tobacco growing fields that had laid a pretty special foundation for tobacco plant history. There were about 10,000 tobacco plantations within 1859 and 1300 cigar manufacturing places in the Cuba’s capital city. Cuba entered in a new era with a precarious condition as the devastated war for independence was over!
The first attempt of Cuban cigar production was hand rolled tobacco style. Later stage, machine made cigar production started. Still the preference for handmade Cuban cigar is much higher than any other production style.

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Monique Brossert October 21, 2013

Hi, thanks for having a look at my blog. I'm Monique. I was born in the south of France where the great Dutch artist Van Gogh painted those famous sunflowers, so perhaps that was why I grew up wanting to be an artist.
After I qualified as a graphic designer one of my first commissions was to design packaging for one of the large cigars importers. When I was finished they not only offered me a job in their Geneva office as a full-time designer but as a bonus for my good work several gift-wrapped packets of their best cigars.
My initial thought was these would make lovely gifts for my male friends and relatives. Till one of my friends asked – aren’t you even going to try one?
Well to be honest at that time it was pretty unusual for women to be seen smoking cigars. But actually, I found out that a growing number of women are starting to enjoy this luxury just as much as men. At first of I was the only one of my crowd but as I pointed out the days when the men retired to smoke cigars after dinners are fortunately long gone.
Before long a few of my woman friends began to enjoy them too. And soon I had a reputation as a bit of a cigar expert. Both male and female friends and colleagues would often ask me for advice on what they would enjoy or which cigars they should buy as a present for friends. As I love sharing this knowledge so much I hit upon the idea of writing my own blog about the many different aspects of choosing and enjoying cigars. I find the feedback and comments from readers make it very rewarding.
I hope that you enjoy reading the blog as much as I enjoy writing it.
All the best,
Monique.

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