The idea of puros—cigars made from a single country of origin—is hardly a new one, yet it is one I remain very intrigued by. While there is certainly something to be said for the skill required to blend tobaccos from a shopping list of countries, I also find it quite intriguing to do a deep dive into a specific region, sometimes even down to a specific farm as has been in seen in certain projects.
While Rafael Nodal and his Aging Room brand—which is co-owned by Nodal’s wife Alina along with Hank Bischoff and Jochy Blanco—have long been associated with the Dominican Republic, he has been exploring Nicaragua more and more as of late. In particular, just before this summer’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show he released a new line, the Aging Room Small Batch Pura Cepa. The line’s name means pure bred in Spanish, though the tobacco comes from four growing regions within the country: Condega, Estelí, Jalapa and Ometepe.