An Australian Financial Report has shed light on the complexities of how cigars are made, with a wide variety of flavours ranging from the smoky to the sweet.
The report is the first comprehensive examination of the industry, which is dominated by companies like American-made cigars, which are made by American companies but are sourced by international companies.
“The flavour of the cigar is important because we want it to taste good,” said Steve Mott, CEO of Australian Cigar Company.
“[We want] to make sure it’s not going to be boring or something that you can’t get your hands on.”
The Australian report also outlines the differences in the way cigar makers make their cigars.
Cigar makers can vary the flavour of their cigars in various ways, such as adding spices or adding a new tobacco leaf.
It’s important to note that this is just a guide, with no specific labelling or labelling requirements, Mott said.
“The cigar maker has to make a judgement about what the flavour is and the flavour can be different from brand to brand,” he said.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics says the global average is about 60 per cent.
In Australia, the vast majority of cigar brands are made overseas.
The Australian Financial Reporter contacted American-owned brands Cigar Republic, Romeo y Julieta, Liga Privada, and Romeo y Paredes, but received no responses.
According to CigarRepublic’s website, its brands include Corona, Robusto, Torpedo, Robata, Habano, and La Torre.
The other major brands are Cigar Aficionado, Cigar Macanudo, La Feria, La Bomba, La Boca, and the brands of other Mexican-based brands.
American brands are also the ones that make the bulk of the cigars.
“American companies tend to be very upfront with their cigar flavours, so we’ve heard a lot of good things about them,” Mott added.
“I think they’ve taken a lot more of a lead role in bringing the flavours to market and trying to do a good job with it.”
That’s why we’re seeing so many of the companies start to diversify.