Category Archives: Cigar Varieties

Russian Red

This is an unclassified tobacco. It grows to around 3 feet in height and has very dark green leaves. It produces a fair amount of tobacco, but its most striking feature is its large magenta red flowers which contrast against the deep green leaves. A good dual purpose plant.

Used for cigars and pipes.


Pennsylvania Red

Pennsylvania Red is a rich full flavored tobacco and a long time favorite of cigar makers as a filler or binder. It grows to 5 feet in height and has very large long deep colored leaves reaching 3′ in length. A very good producer that matures in 65-70 days. The leaves cure to a deep reddish brown.

Used for cigars.


Little Dutch

Little Dutch is an heirloom variety dating back to the 1880’s. It is sweet aromatic tobacco used in pipe blends and as a cigar filler. It grow to around 3′ in height and has narrow leaves growing up to 30″ long. The long narrow leaves also make an excellent cigar wrapper. It matures in only 45 days and is a good choice for container growing. 

Used for cigars and pipes.


Costello

Costello is a bright leaf variety imported by the USDA from Columbia in 1967. It grows to a height of 5-6 feet with closely spaced leaves. Plant form is an inverted cone. Matures in 60-65 days. Ripens evenly and is easy to cure whether primed or hung whole. Has a high nicotine content at 24mg/g of dried leaf. Mild flavored.

Used for cigars.


Cuban Criollo 98

Cuban Criollo 98 Tobacco
Cuban Criollo 98 Tobacco

Another very popular Cuban cigar variety. Will grow up to 6-7 ft. tall. It’s leaves are longer, more slender and slightly darker than the Habano 2000. It’s cured leaves have a silky texture making it a good covering for cigars.

It has a pleasant, mild aroma and taste.

Used for cigars and pipes.

Cuban Habano 2000

One of the most popular cigar varieties for cigar enthusiasts.

This Cuban variety grows to about 5-6 feet tall and has wide, rounded  leaves. When cured the leaves have a reddish to light brown color. It makes a great filler for cigars.

Has a pleasant, mild aroma and taste.

Used for cigars and pipes.