Honduras is located in Central America, just northwest of Nicaragua, and is another major cigar producing country. Because of how fertile the soil is, and the amazing climate conditions, tobacco seeds thrive. The history of cigars being produced here is fairly similar to its southern neighbor, Nicaragua. Both countries share a history of civil unrest and have had their share of natural disasters.
Before the embargo and the nationalization of the Cuban cigar industry, there was already tobacco growing wild in Honduras, used by the indigenous people for hundreds of years. This was one of the reasons a few manufacturers sought refuge in Honduras. By the late 1960s & 1970s, the cigar industry in Honduras was thriving with the increase of plantations and factories.
The 1980s were a bit more difficult on the industry because civil unrest in the country of Nicaragua spilled into Honduras. Part of the country was being used as a base by the Nicaraguan resistance group, called Contras, who were fighting the Nicaraguan socialist government. If that wasn't bad enough, there was a huge problem with blue mold in the mid-late 1980's that severely depleted the crop.
In the early 1990s, the Honduran cigar industry began to thrive once again. Second in its exports to the USA only to the Dominican Republic, Honduras was exporting over 40,000,000 cigars per year. Unfortunately, that number was short lived. In 1998, Hurricane Mitch wiped out the majority of the tobacco crop and severely crippled the entire industry.
But that is not where our story ends.
Cigars being exported out of Honduras are better then ever, with more people enjoying cigars and people like you wanting to learn more about cigars. It's that wanting to learn more which brings me to the Blend Lab cigar of the Week!
The JX-8552, as promised, is a Honduran Puro. What that means is that the Wrapper, Binder, Filler, and country of Origin is Honduras. A beautiful reddish brown Habano Viso leaf is wrapped around a Honduran Broadleaf binder and of course, the Filler is Honduran. Full in body, Full in taste, and Full in flavor, this massive 8.5 inch cigar accentuates the flavors.
The JX-8552 is a beautifully rolled cigar with a smooth draw. A rich profile that will deliver notes of spice, earth, toasty tobacco, and a little bit of creamy sweetness. It is peppery on the retro hale, with a little harshness.