I smoked my first Filipino cigar more than 30 years ago. Filipino cigars are good, so good that when tobacco crops in Cuba got into trouble in the 70’s, seeds were sent from the Philippines to Cuba to salvage the situation. That’s what Jose Perfecto of Tabacalera told me on August 25 when I visited the Tabacalera Cigar Factory in Dasmarinas City, Cavite.
Read my earlier post about Filipino cigars here.
At the factory on August 25 I was privileged to savor the yet-to-be-released Grand Reserva, rolled from 22-year-old leaves. This cigar will be Tabacalera’s first new cigar in 30 years, according to its Executive Vice President Yuan Ongpin: