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What Exactly is Connecticut Shade Tobacco ?

This is a typical Connecticut Shade tobacco farm
This is a typical Connecticut Shade tobacco farm

Tobacco farming has been in North Eastern part of the United States since 1600’s by European settlers and hundreds of years earlier as tobacco was used by the native population. Tobacco usage has a very deep tradition within the native population.

It’s worth noting that a special type of Tobacco is grown in the Connecticut area.

By the very early 1700’s, tobacco was being exported by the settlers via the Connecticut River to European cities as the demand for tobacco was growing within the mainland Europe and islands (such as Britain).

The Europeans will have great cigars
The Europeans will have great cigars

The use of Connecticut tobacco as a cigar wrapper leaf began in the early 1800s.

By 1830s tobacco farmers were experimenting with different types of tobacco seeds, farming techniques, harvesting techniques and most importantly they were selecting the best seeds for the next crop based upon desired results. In other words they were refining the tobacco to suit the needs of their market.

The tobacco was used for outside layers of cigars, in focus the binder and the wrapper.

A tobacco field is set with posts in a grid layout. Wires are stretched from post to post, and a light, durable fabric is tied across them and draped along the sides. A photo of a typical Connecticut Tobacco Farm is pictured above.

Placing the shade over the Tobacco creates a thinner and more elastic tobacco leaf that cures to a lighter color desired by the Cuban and Dominican cigar makers.

Often times, the Connecticut Tobacco is shipped to the Dominican Republic or other countries to be used for the cigar, which when is completed is shipped back to the United States for consumption.

In other words there is a chance that when you are enjoying a Dominican Cigar with a Connecticut wrapper, that wrapper might have been grown in United States.