|George Rico S.T.K. Miami American Puro|
Last month, we reported on a new cigar from Gran Habano that would be a blend consisting of 100 percent U.S. grown tobacco – the George Rico S.T.K. Miami American Puro. This was a cigar that was showcased by Gran Habano at the 2013 IPCPR Trade Show. Since then, we’ve learned a little more about this cigar from Gran Habano regarding the blend. Most importantly, the George Rico S.T.K. Miami American Puro has become the third announced cigar by a major premium cigar manufacturer to use fire-cured tobacco.
Back in May, we did a feature story on fire-cured tobacco. In that story, we discussed how fire curing tobacco differs from traditional cigar tobacco curing methods:
Most cigars utilize air curing for tobacco. With air curing, the tobacco is hung in a barn for several weeks to remove moisture from the leaf. Sometimes charcoal is used as a part of the process to control the humidity. With Fire Cured tobacco, hardwoods are kept on continuous, low smoldering flames to remove the moisture. Typically this process is used for pipe and chewing tobacco. The idea of the fire cured releases is to also produce a smokey, camp-fire like flavor in the final product.
As mentioned the George Rico STK Miami American Puro is the third major release of a cigar containing fire cured tobacco. Back in May, Leccia Tobacco released the Leccia Black – containing fire cured tobacco in the filler. Drew Estate also plans to release its My Uzi Weighs a Ton Kentucky Fire Cured series later this year.
At a glance, here are more details around the George Rico STK Miami American Puro:
The George Rico STK Miami American Puro contains tobaccos from three states. The tobacco from Kentucky is the fire-cured leaf. The cigar is being made at Gran Habano’s GR Tabacaleras Unidas factory in Miami.
Wrapper: Connecticut Habano
Binder: Connecticut Habano
Filler: Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Kentucky fire-cured
The George Rico S.T.K. Miami is being launched in three sizes:
Robusto: 4 3/4 x 52
Toro Grande: 5 7/8 x 54
Corona Gorda: 5 5/8 x 46