Connecticut Shade tobacco: What makes it special?
The Connecticut Shade cigar leaf is grown under the shade of cloth tents to protect the tobacco plant from direct sunlight and over- maturation. This growing method allows for the tobacco plant to grow as high as 9 feet, with delicate and aromatic leaves that turn golden- hued when dried and fermented. There is no cigar wrapper quite as beautiful in the world of cigar making.
The Connecticut Shade seed was once a hybrid of refined tobacco varietals from Cuba and the Island of Sumatra, and first cultivated in the Connecticut River Valley in 1900. The seed and leaf came to be known as Connecticut Shade for its distinct farming requirements. In the early 1900s, Connecticut Shade tobacco became the first and only wrapper leaf outside of Cuba to be used for the finishing of Cuban cigars.
Connecticut Shade tobacco can only and truly be cultivated in the Connecticut River Valley, an old world tobacco growing area in the New England region of the United States. The Connecticut River Valley includes farm land of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont where the Connecticut River crosses. These mineral- rich, sandy- loam soils also benefit from a temperate micro- climate that is essential to the growing conditions of Connecticut Shade.
Many tobacco farmers and global cigar manufactures have tried to replicate the growing conditions of the Connecticut River Valley and cultivation of Connecticut seeds outside of the United States for the purpose of cost- cutting. This has unfortunately lead to the rarity of US- grown Connecticut Shade plant and has created a "Connecticut- style" category amongst cigars with "Connecticut" wrappers. So be sure that when you are searching for a premium Connecticut Shade cigar, it originated from the Connecticut River Valley.
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