Leaf Cigars, Indonesia, and Living Dangerously

If you haven’t seen the movie The Year of Living Dangerously, it is worth the time. IMDB describes it this way: “A young Australian reporter tries to navigate the political turmoil of Indonesia during the rule of President Sukarno with the help of a diminutive photographer.”

What does this have to do with smoking cigars? One our owner Jamie’s favorite cigars is Oscar’s Leaf Sumatra. The island of Sumatra is actually the sixth-largest island in the world. On that island, Sumatra tobacco grows and accounts for a wrapper leaf that is relatively mild and a bit sweet. Generally, the flavors you get from a Sumatra wrapper include cinnamon, earth, floral notes, and a slightly sweet aftertaste. (Holt’s)

The Tobacconist University describes Sumatran tobacco this way: ”Sumatra wrappers are renowned for the spectrum of shades they can have when properly fermented: from claro to maduro. Sumatran wrappers are very elastic like Connecticut but they can contain significantly more flavor.”

Like most Sumatran wrappers used today, the Leaf uses an Ecuadoran grown Sumatran tobacco. Very little tobacco used in cigars currently comes out of Indonesia. Cigar Aficionado did run a nice article about what was a thriving tobacco business in 1999.

Come grab a Leaf by Oscar or one of our other cigars with a Sumatran wrapper, then go home and watch Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver tear up the screen 😉


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