Top Cigars with Dominican Tobaccos

August 9, 2022

The Dominican Republic has been rumored to be the birthplace of cigars. Other historians believe that the very first tobacco leaf variety hailed from the Andes region of Peru and Ecuador.

To give you some context into how the Dominican Republic has grown over the last 50 years, they went from barely exporting cigars in 1970 to exporting close to 400 million cigars in 2009. This made them the biggest cigar producer in the world.

What makes growing tobacco in the Dominican Republic so enticing? Three things come to mind. The sun, water, and time mixed with all the patience in the world. With it rarely breaking 80 degrees all year round, the growing season in September is key for some of your favorite cigars from the Dominican Republic to get the right amount of nutrients it needs.

Today I want to focus on seven cigars that put the Dominican Republic on the map. The Dominican seeds and tobaccos are key elements of this cigar. Some are Dominican puros; others were grown in the Dominican Republic but utilize other tobaccos from South America.

However, if a cigar was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, it’s a cigar that’s forever a staple of that country. Let us dive right in!

Fuente Fuente Opus X

In 1995, a cigar was released by Arturo Fuente that set the precedent on how cigars should be made for years to come. It also put the Dominican Republic on the map in terms of a place that should be recognized as a location for cigars to be made more frequently.

The Fuente Fuente Opus X set out to prove naysayers wrong when they said high-quality tobacco could not be grown in the Dominican Republic. Carlos Fuente Jr. took that as a challenge and created this Puro from the Dominican Republic that is highly sought after across the entire industry.

This full-bodied smoke has scrumptious flavor notes of natural tobacco sweetness, that transition into other notes such as cream, coffee, citrus, and black pepper.

If you are one of the lucky or richer ones out there, you can find a box of Fuente Fuente Opus X.

On sale between $800-$1,200 for a box of 32. Thanks to the Fuente Fuente Opus X, the rest of the cigars on this list owe Fuente.


Romeo y Julieta 1875

Founded in Cuba back in 1875, this cigar from Altadis USA was named after two star-crossed lovers in the Shakespeare classic play. The Romeo y Julieta 1875 is manufactured in the Dominican Republic at the famed Tabacalera de Garcia.

By sheer reputation, mixed with how delicious this smoke is, when you think of prestigious cigars to come out of the DR, the Romeo y Julieta 1875 is at the top of our list. Although the Romeo y Julieta 1875 is cloaked in Indonesian tobacco, this medium-bodied gem has tobaccos from the Dominican Republic that make up the binder and filler.

The Dominican tobacco that’s throughout this smoke gives off a delicious flavor profile. Some notes you may detect are cedar, hazelnut, cocoa, and hints of spice on the backend.

We do have this gem from Romeo y Julieta online in over 15 sizes, that come in a pack of 5, a tin of 10, a box of 20, and a box of 25. Stop by our website today to grab the Romeo y Julieta 1875 to add to your list of Dominican Cigars you’ll love.



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Ashton Estate Sun Grown

Next up is a cigar from the Fuente family, which seems to dominate the Dominican cigar market with its glamorous cigar brands. The Ashton Estate Sun Grown is carefully crafted at the Fuente factory in the Dominican Republic. The delicious flavor profile you detect of the Sun Grown wrapper will have your mouth watering during each puff.

Since 2006, the Ashton Estate Sun Grown has landed a 90 or above in Cigar Aficionado’s ratings, as well as held a place in their prestigious Top 25 list, making it in the Top 10 twice. For one cigar brand, those are some astonishing accolades. You can thank the impeccable Fuente family for putting together a cigar for all to love and enjoy.

This medium-bodied smoke is an all-Dominican recipe that’s put together with vintage and rare tobacco leaves that hail from the Dominican Republic. Some notes you may detect while smoking the ESG are molasses, cedar, cocoa, and hints of black pepper and graham cracker on the backend.

Available in five different sizes, commemorating the Ashton ESG’s anniversary, you can get this delicious Dominican Puro in a pack of 5, or a box of 25, today on our website!

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La Aurora Preferidos

This cigar is the epitome of what a cigar from the Dominican Republic is all about. Yes, most cigar consumers, both novice and aficionado will always gravitate towards the Fuente Fuente Opus X, but the La Aurora brand is the oldest one residing in the DR, with one of the oldest active factories in the entire world.

With its roots steeping back to 1903, the La Aurora Preferidos was a Perfecto shape cigar and the first size to ever make it off the company’s rolling tables. Available in a plethora of wrappers, sizes, and blends, we’re adding the La Aurora Preferidos Ruby in the 5 x 54 size.

The La Aurora Preferidos Ruby features a spicy, dark Brazilian sun-grown wrapper. However, tobaccos from the Dominican Republic dominate the filler and binder portion of this stogie alongside vintage Brazilian and Cameroon tobaccos.

Some flavor notes you may detect in this medium to full-bodied Dominican gem are red pepper flakes, earth, leather, and natural tobacco sweetness throughout. The other seventeen different sizes with the main ingredient being tobacco from the DR, mixed with other countries’ tobaccos, come in a box of 8 aluminum tubes.

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Arturo Fuente Hemingway

You knew if we were doing a list of Top Cigars from the Dominican Republic, another outstanding smoke from Arturo Fuente had to make the list, right? The Arturo Fuente Hemingway pays homage to one of America’s famous novelists, Ernest Hemingway himself.

What makes the Arturo Fuente Hemingway so popular is the perfecto shape for all the unique shaped cigar lovers out there in the world. Carlos Fuente Sr. found some old perfecto molds in a warehouse down in Florida, and the Arturo Fuente Hemingway was born!

Each one of the seven different sizes under the Hemingway umbrella features Dominican Tobaccos for the binder and filler. The master blenders at Tabacalera A. Fuente utilize stunning tobacco from Cameroon to cloak over each stick for use as the wrapper.

Some flavor notes you may detect while enjoying this smoke are fruit, syrup, cream, and white pepper. This medium-bodied cigar arrives in a cedar chest cigar box, adding to the flavor and aroma of an already scrumptious cigar.

Out of all the cigars on this list, I’d suggest the Hemingway is the first Dominican Cigar you should try for experience, flavor, and pricing.


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Davidoff Millennium Blend Series

The final two cigars on this list are rich in flavor and history. The first one is the Davidoff Millennium Blend Series. This medium-bodied cigar is made in the Dominican Republic at Davidoff’s factory. The Millennium Blend Series sports an Ecuadorian wrapper, while being bound and filled by tobaccos that hail from the DR.

Davidoff is one of the most luxurious cigar brands, if not the most luxurious one in the industry. So when a cigar from this brand is made in the Dominican Republic, I feel like it gets an automatic pass as one of the best cigars made in the country.

Flavor notes that you may detect in five of the different sizes are white pepper, cocoa, cream, and a hint of graham cracker on the backend. Coming in a pack of three, pack of four, pack of five, or pack of ten, you can get this gorgeous tasting and looking cigar at JR Cigars today.

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Last but certainly not least, here is the Montecristo Original to close out the top cigar brands that utilize tobacco from the Dominican Republic. Montecristo is one of, if not the biggest cigar names within the industry.

A tradition that dates all the way back to 1935 in Cuba, the Montecristo Original has a strong brand presence, all thanks to Altadis USA. Along with Romeo y Julieta and H. Upmann, Montecristo takes the helm for Altadis USA, paving the way with another vintage, delicious cigars under the Altadis umbrella.

Cloaked in a golden smooth Connecticut wrapper that gives off medium-bodied cream flavors, the binder and filler are made up of vintage tobacco that hails from the beloved Dominican Republic.

Other than hints of cream in the flavor profile, you’ll detect hints of earth, cocoa, and white pepper.

Available in ten different sizes, that come in a box of 25, you can grab the Montecristo Original online on our website today!


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Final Thoughts

Only naming a few pivotal cigars to come out of the Dominican Republic, the cigar industry is being dominated by smokes that hail from this great country.

With a plethora of more cigars to originate in the Dominican Republic, I think these seven cigars is a good start to really get a  feel for what tobacco from the Dominican Republic is all about.

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2 responses to “Top Cigars with Dominican Tobaccos”


    helpful !

  2. JG says:

    Romeo Y Julieta 1875 is a very good cigar!

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