The Most Popular Manufacturers of 100% Spanish Tobacco
Spanish tobacco is an expensive luxury for many. But we're here to make it more accessible! Take a look at the most popular cigarette brands out of Spain.
Spain brought us many beautiful things like Gaudi, sangria, and paella.
They also brought us some great tobacco. When looking for your daily nicotine fix, there are many places to consider buying from.
Tobacco is grown in at least 124 countries in the world. In 2012, the world produced almost 7.5 million tonnes of tobacco. While the world leader of tobacco is China, those with a taste for luxury often shop elsewhere.
People often regard Cuba as the place to get quality tobacco. However, Spain has been manufacturing wonderful brands of tobacco for hundreds of years.
Tobacco seeds need warm temperatures for germination, about 75-80 degrees. Countries with long stretches of coastal regions like Spain are perfect for growing tobacco.
This is because of the moisture in the air from the sea. Once the leaves have grown, Spanish tobacco manufacturers let the leaves dry in the warm Spanish sun. This creates a delicious end result.
Before we dive into the best Spanish manufacturers of tobacco, here's how tobacco first arrived in Spain.
A Brief History
In 1942, Rodrigo de Jerez was on a voyage as a sailor in one of Columbus' expeditions. He was one of the first Europeans to see the new America. He also traveled down to Cuba.
While in Cuba, Rodrigo happened upon a small village in a coastal town. In the evenings, he found that the village men would gather around small fires and light rolled leaves.
Upon further inquiry, he learned that they were tobacco leaves. He also discovered that smoking them had a desirable effect on a person. He collected large amounts of the tobacco leaves. Then, he put them on board his ship.
Rodrigo made the long voyage back to his village, Ayamonte, with his new souvenir. Like many who had seen the Americas, Rodrigo starting showing off his newfound toys.
He started smoking the tobacco leaves around the city. However, the city officials told him that "only Satan can give to a man the faculty of expelling smoke through the mouth."
Still, Rodrigo enjoyed smoking so much that he continued to do so. The city officials were so bothered by it, that they condemned him to 10 years in prison.
A Change In Opinion
As tobacco started catching on out on the streets while he was in jail, the officials eventually let Rodrigo go after 7 years.
The world to which Rodrigo returned was full of casual tobacco smoking on streets all over Spain.
The trend moved quickly throughout Spanish cities. Soon, Spanish tobacco was grown and harvested by many.
Many doctors in Seville at the time claimed that the effects of tobacco had potential benefits for over 65 diseases. Soon, tobacco was being gifted as a delicacy to French queens and royal families all over Europe.
Books were published on treating asthma, migraines, and hemorrhage with tobacco.
in 2017 we know much, much more about the properties of tobacco and the effect they have on the body. However, we all have our indulgences. If you're going to indulge in tobacco, then heavily consider Spanish tobacco as your smoking choice.
Spanish Tobacco Today
Tobacco production in Spain today is a booming industry.
The cultivation and selling of the leaves have reached more than 2.7 billion dollars in revenue. Spanish tobacco plants employ more than 56,000 people and have contributed 9.8 million in tax revenues.
Here are the best manufacturers in Spain today.
The largest manufacturer in Spain today is in the beautiful Canary Islands.
The tobacco farm Montealto is found on the island of La Palma. The Spanish tobacco is grown with a secretive process that has been passed down from family to family as a tradition.
It was established in 1918 in a small amount. E. Emesto started making handmade cigars during the week. He would tote them around the island on Saturdays and Sundays, and sell them individually.
Soon, the quality of his cigars caught on. They became the most desirable cigar in all of the islands. Today, Montealto cigars are revered for their craftsmanship. They are also beloved for the quality of Spanish tobacco leaves from the Montealto plantation.
The cigars are continuously made by the hands of experienced and wise tobacco masters. These masters have gained knowledge and expertise on the craft from inherited training.
The factory has even released a "Gold Line" of Spanish tobacco. This line has the character and strength of the traditional flavors. But, incorporates a new spring of flavors into the leaves. These cigars are entirely handmade.
Imperial tobacco originated in Spain and has since taken over Europe. They offer a wide range of cigars and cigarettes and even smokeless products. Based in Altadis in Spain, the headquarters have since moved to Bristol in the U.K.
Continually using the methods that originated in Spain, they still claim their product as Spanish tobacco. A more corporate version of tobacco making, they still take pride in how they make the tobacco.
Imperial Tobacco has spent many years and a lot of money combating smuggling and counterfeiting of tobacco products. They continually strive to make legitimate, high-quality tobacco -- while maintaining the integrity of their factories.
Imperial also doesn't use animals in their research for their products. They produce tobacco free of contaminants and in large quantities.
Today the company is Western Europe's third largest cigarette manufacturer. This is due in large part to the quality of the original Spanish production of the tobacco leaves.
Atladis also introduced the world to "blond cigars."
The Spanish Way
When deciding on a tobacco, weigh all of the pros and cons of the manufacturer you are considering purchasing from.
Do their factories run on good morals and principals? What is the craftsmanship of the cigars like? Do they use animals in testing?
Find a tobacco company you feel good about buying from. Buy from a company that has a history rich in tradition that still makes high-quality tobacco. Spanish tobacco may not be the first type of tobacco you think of when buying your tobacco, but perhaps it should be.
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