When Puerto Rican growers gained awareness of the bonanza obtained by the leaf from the Vuelta Abajo region of Cuba, many shifted their planting to a type of tobacco with properties similar to Cuban leaf.
Smoker and abstinent considered Vuelta Abajo leaf from Cuba and the hand-rolled Havana cigars to be truly exceptional.
By the 1850s, Havana cigars and Vuelta Abajo leaves set the standard by which other cigars and cigar filler in the Caribbean, the Americas, and Europe were judged.
Puerto Rican growers and merchants had long been aware of the reputation and exceptional characteristics of the leaf from Vuelta Abajo.
it has become the Vuelta Abajo of Puerto Rico, it uses superb leaf.
Vuelta Abajo growers felt threatened enough, when Puerto Rican leaf showed up in Cuba itself, to address the issue in writing (Memoria sobre 1877; Villa 1876).
One, Puerto Rican growers sought to participate in the bonanza obtained by the leaf from the Vuelta Abajo district of Cuba and started to follow closely the Cuban paradigm.
In related news, Habanos has introduced a new presentation of the Cohiba brand, made of tobacco from plantations in Vuelta Abajo
, in western Pinar del Rio province.