By the 19th Century, adjourning to the Smoking Room after a formal dinner became a habit of the aristocracy throughout Europe, and joining a private cigar club was part of a gentleman's upbringing. It is said that Sigmund Freud smoked as many as 20 cigars a day. Winston Churchill was rarely seen without one, and is known to have enjoyed dipping his cigars in brandy. For many generations, the Cuban cigar was the ultimate status symbol. Cigar makers of Cuba offered the finest puros to the world. Fortunately for Valentia, the Dominican Republic today produces the highest quality Cuban seed tobacco; has learned the secrets of Cuban masters; has welcomed many of Cuba's finest artisans; and has become the world's leading cigar exporter. Over the past 30 years, the Dominican Republic has achieved well-deserved superiority in the global cigar market and today supplies over half of the worldwide demand for premium cigars.
The finest tobacco leaves are selected to create the flavorful blend and rich aroma of Valentia Cigars. These leaves are then aged and hand-rolled by craftsmen with generations of experience in the art of shaping quality cigars. The essence of this unique cigar, with its remarkably smooth blend and exceptional burn, is rooted in the careful selection of tobacco to be used in each part of the process; the ideal aging of the leaves; and the skill of masters in the best tradition of cigar-making.
These special blends are formulated with the personality of each Valentia product in mind. The perfect combination of leaves is not the result of improvisation, but rather of the instinct that comes with lineage. Our experts trace their roots to a long line of artisans in both Cuba and the Dominican Republic.
Nothing about Valentia is a matter of chance...
The color of our tobacco reflects the red earth of the West Indies, the golden hues of tropical sunlight, and the shade of a lush valley cradled between the mountains of the Caribbean.
A Time Honored Tradtion
The Dominican Republic has always had a reputation among cigar aficionados for making premium puros. Valentia is proud to offer aficionados everywhere its portfolio of products; an exclusive selection of the Dominican Republic's finest handmade cigars.
Today, it is the world's foremost supplier of handmade cigars, combining a centuries-old tradition of craftsmanship with the outstanding tobacco crop of the island. The filler of every Valentia cigar is composed of this remarkable Dominican tobacco. In addition, tobacco grown from Connecticut Shade seed, which comes from the Hazelwood strain of Cuban seed, and the finest leaves from tobacco fields in both South America and the Pacific islands are selected by our experts to shape the delicate binder and wrapper, achieving an exceptional aroma and a consistent burn.
Cultivation of tobacco goes back to the indigenous tribes, all of whom smoked hand-rolled tobacco leaves. The tribesmen used the word "sikar" to denote cigars, and during the colonial period they taught the Spanish conquistadors to enjoy the pleasure of smoking the wrapped tobacco leaves.Records of tobacco being exported to Spain are found in the early 1600s, in the Chronicles of the Indies. At that time, Columbus introduced tobacco to Europe, along with early shipments of sugar and coffee.Sir Walter Raleigh brought tobacco to Britain during the formation of the Empire. Britons loved their cigars, and royalty was no exception.In the Edwardian Era, Edward VII, long overshadowed by his mother, Queen Victoria, promptly announced at his first dinner party held after her death, "gentlemen, you may now smoke!"