DBL Dominican Big League cigars are the new kid on the block, but they are quickly being recognized as some of the best hand-rolled Dominican cigars. The DR Escapes team is out on another road trip, this time touring the tobacco growing region around Santiago. Along the way we are checking out some of the better Cigar rolling factories, sampling some of those great Dominican cigars, and sipping a little Dominican coffee and cocoa.
Dominican cigars are recognized worldwide as some of the finest available, and the DBL cigars are among the best.
Dominican Big Leaguer (DBL) cigars was founded by Francisco Almonte in 2013. Francisco learned the art, craftsmanship, and business of cigars while working for two giants in the industry, Carlos Fuente (A. Fuente Cigars) and Litto Gomez (La Flor Dominican Cigars). Francisco’s brother Martin spent 19 years with A. Fuente where he was the supervisor of quality of the Hall Of Fame Room where Carlito made the Opus X, Hemingway, Don Carlos and others. Francisco and Martin have been growing the DBL brand for 3 years now.
In the tasting room you are welcome to sit down and enjoy some of the best Dominican coffee in town, of course with their signature a hint of Dominican chocolate.
This little boutique cigar factory in the heart of the cigar capital has grown to over 20 factory employees including 7 cigar rollers that pump out about 6000 cigars per week. And DBL is not just a cigar factory but they also own their own tobacco farms with over 25 acres of high-end leaves like Piloto Cubano, Corojo 99, Criollo 98, and Habano leaf, which are all used in their cigars. We hear they will be expanding their farm operations to 49 acres later this year.
We sat around in the tasting area on the first floor sipping some of the finest Dominican Coffee laced with fresh Dominican cocoa (choclolate).
In this little video we let you meet one of the owners and take a peek around the DBL cigar factory…..
The first floor is also where the leaf is sorted out and classified by color and quality to determine wrapper, filler, and binder leaf. There are 7 rolling tables where you are welcome to watch the cigar rollers do their magic. The aging room is also on the first floor. This is where they store the cigars in a climate controlled room for at least 6 months before boxing them up ready for sale and shipping.
The second floor is where they do the fermentation. There a couple of rooms dedicated to this process. During the fermentation ammonia forms and is extracted from the aging tobacco. The DBL guys are so meticulous in their processes that they even do a second fermentation on any tobacco they may purchase just to make sure it is perfect. Also the second floor is a where the leaf is deveined before being sent down to the sorting area.
We love our road trips out into the countryside. There is always something to discover, friendly people to meet and fun things to do. Most of the expats that settle here on the North Coast manage to keep themselves entertained and occupied. The island is big enough that it is unlikely you would ever suffer from “cabin fever” like you might experience on the many smaller Caribbean islands.
For now, it is Barry in the DR.