The Dominican Republic is home to some of the best cigars in the world thanks to the consistent, tropical climate and rich makeup of Dominican soil which are ideal for growing tobacco. Dominican cigars maintain a well-deserved reputation for having a unique flavor profile which continuously keeps them in high demand. That’s why they make up a great souvenir to take home from your Dominican vacation. Dominican cigars vary in flavor and strength, from the mild to the more muscle-bound. So, you can find a good Dominican cigar to any taste.

The Dominican Republic became a desirable cigar-making region in the decades following the Cuban Revolution and US trade embargo with Cuba in the 1960s. It was in this period when the most prominent cigar-making families relocated from Cuba to other Caribbean and Central America countries in search for a loophole to pursue their craft and escape the embargo. Moreover, some US cigar and cigarette companies had to move their production to other countries after the introduction of high tobacco taxes. The very first Dominican free-trade zones established in the mid-1970s allowed manufacturers to produce cigars exclusively for exportation. Nowadays, the country produces an average of 160 million units for export to the United States.

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