I found a cool thing today so I’m going to tell you about it. When we moved to El Salvador I remember comparing the weather to the South-East United States.
I remember wondering if tobacco is grown here, but only for a second. Someone told me that there was once a cotton industry, and that was another comparison to those industries that can thrive in this climate.
Well recently a friend brought up something cool. There are in fact, hand rolled Salvadoran cigars, made from Salvadoran tobacco. He told me that the company once got a score of 84 from a review by Cigar Afficianado magazine. I had no idea.
This is not surprising since I don’t smoke at all, but I used to hear way too much about cigars when I was at work. It was a ritual for the Sgts to stand in a circle with their cigars whenever there was a lengthy scene for them to manage, or it was a “think tank” environment.
I cannot endorse the quality of any cigar, but I can say that an 84 is respectable in either wine or coffee, so the same must be true of tobacco. I cannot recommend anyone take up smoking, but I can say that I see plenty of Distinguished looking gentlemen standing around with a heavy glass of expensive liquor in one hand and a Cuban in the other.
I happened to go to Sanborn’s and I noticed a small display of Cuscatlan Cigars, made in El Salvador with Salvadoran tobacco. There were Puros El Indio Aquino (Toros) and Puros Cuscatlan (Robustos). If any of you cigar guys out there care to review them for me? I have no idea how to taste or evaluate a cigar and I am curious to know if the tobacco grown here has the same snob appeal as the coffee. Well OK….. this was basically an add. But somebody somewhere wants a cigar right now…….