Although the soil and climate in parts of Mexico are nearly identical to Cuba, Mexican cigars have often been viewed as ugly siblings to Cuba’s supermodels. But Alejandro Turrent, Mexico’s most prolific cigar entrepreneur, is determined to ‘change the perception of Mexican cigars’, noting that they too can be ‘balanced, complex and dynamic’.
Alejandro and his company, A. Turrent, appear to be on the right path. After scoring a hit with their Te-Amo Revolution series, Turrent scrapped all cigars under this name in 2014 and then released Casa Turrent in 2015. The inaguarual series, Serie 1901, was an instant critics darling: the Torpedo Maduro was named the 13th best cigar of the year by Cigar Journal in 2015, while the Robusto was named the 12th best of the year by Cigar Aficionado in 2016.
How have Mexican cigars suddenly gained such widespread acceptance? It may have something to do with easing of regulations by the Mexican government, which for years enforced tough import restrictions and tariffs aimed at keeping non-Mexican tobacco out of Mexican cigar blends. When the restrictions were relaxed, Mexican cigar makers were able to combine the best of Mexico – like wrapper leaf from the San Andres region – with complex leaf from countries like Nicaragua. Such is the case with Casa Turrent cigars, which mix Nicaraguan binder and filler leaf with Cuban-seed Mexican filler and a meaty San Andres maduro wrapper.
Never tried a Mexican cigar and don’t know where to start? A Casa Turrent is as good a place as any!
|CASA TURRENT CIGARS AVAILABLE AT CITY CIGAR:|
|Robusto||Gauge: 50||Length: 5¼”|
|Torpedo||Gauge: 50||Length: 5½”|