If you are looking for a smooth, mild cigar which is sure to satisfy every time, you are looking for an Orient-Express cigar. Unfortunately, you could be looking for quite a while. These wonderful cigars were discontinued some time ago and are now pretty tough to get your hands on. If you have ever had the pleasure of smoking an Orient-Express cigar, you doubtless remember the experience as an impeccable one.
Looking to learn more about Orient-Express cigars? Sadly, there is not a lot of information to be found, but here’s what we do know. Orient-Express Cigar was a company founded in the United States in 1993 by President Stewart S. Hoffman. Hoffman had more than 35 years of experience in the tobacco industry, and used to work for Nicaraguan President Antonio Somosa at the Nicaraguan Cigar Company. When the government was taken over and Somosa was assassinated, Mr. Hoffman was forced to move on.
Orient-Express cigars were manufactured in Danli, Honduras. The company headquarters were in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Even when the cigars were still in production, they were produced only in a limited quantity. The company’s top priority was to focus on quality, not on quantity.
What happened to Orient-Express? It is hard to say with the shortage of information available, but it is pretty easy to guess just from context clues about that era. Orient-Express got its start in 1993, right at the start of the 90s cigar boom. The cigar boom was a veritable revolution for the industry, with sales skyrocketing year after year. Lots of little boutique companies sprang up overnight, taking advantage of the soaring demand. It was a very exciting time to be involved with cigar making, but it was also a turbulent, unpredictable time.
Unfortunately, the boom was not to last, and was followed by a bust just a few years later. Since then, cigar sales have slowly come back (and are actually more successful now than ever before), but a lot of companies that sprang up in the early 90s were gone by the end of the decade. Many of them never made a comeback. Lots of factors contributed to these companies shutting their doors. With some of them, yes, it was a question of value, but that certainly wasn’t the case with all. Problems with supply and demand, a lack of planning and preparation, and a general climate of chaos all took their toll. Sadly, Orient-Express was one of those companies that did not survive, despite producing a great product. As a result, there are now only a finite number of Orient-Express cigars still left in the world.
The Orient-Express comes in a Habano-Ecuadorian wrapper, enclosing a binder of Dominican tobacco. The filler consists of Mexican long tobacco and seven-year-aged Nicaraguan tobacco. If you get a chance to try one of these excellent cigars, you will appreciate the silky texture of the wrapper, the beautifully-designed label, and the top-notch construction. The cigars come in kiln-dried cedar boxes. The taste is mellow, sweet, and as smooth as the Habano-Ecuadorian wrapper. They are truly a work of art, never to be repeated.
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