Tender loving care, science, craftsmanship, passion and politics have taken cigars to a new golden era. Cuban cigars have always been touted as the gold standard. Their seeds were forced to migrate to foreign soils as were the master craftsman of the Cuban cigar trade. Those seeds, the new soils of the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Brazil, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Mexico coupled with generations of experienced masters of cigar making have given the lovers of the leaf a new gold standard of diversity and complexity. Alec Bradley's Black Market is a great example of this multi-national blending.
When we smoke fine premium cigars, we bring the seed's life to it's inevitable end. Take a moment to reflect on the hundreds of pairs of hands it took to propagate, cultivate, harvest, cure, age, blend and construct just one cigar. The price does not reflect the cost.