New course at the Cigar Institute

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In order to be a good fan of cigars, besides tasting many cigars for several years, it’s very useful to learn from the experts. Aiming to share the knowledge of its professionals with all those who want to immerse themselves in the tobacco culture, La Aurora created its Cigar Institute. On the 28, 29 and 30 November there will be a course in which participants will obtain a certificate endorsed by Intabaco, the Instituto del Tabaco de la República Dominicana.

During the three days of the course, participants will know the history of tobacco, the areas in which it is cultivated, the ideal climate for growing tobacco, the characteristics of the tobacco plant and the processes involved in making a cigar, as well as the economic and social importance of tobacco to the Dominican Republic.


In addition to this theoretical knowledge, participants will be taught how to make cigars and the criteria applied in order to select the best tobaccos to make a cigar. And, to put this knowledge into practice, the participants will taste different cigars (new and aged) and will learn the criteria required to match a cigar with a drink.

The Cigar Institute has, among its group of trainers, the president of La Aurora, Guillermo León, the company’s master blender, Manuel Inoa, as well as renowned engineers. Among them, there’s Daniel Núñez, Agricultural Engineer from the University of Texas (United States), who was president of General Cigar until 2009.

This prestigious group of trainers is complemented by Juan B. Ventura, Industrial Engineer from Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in 1978, currently Director of Operations at La Aurora; and Leoncio Cruz, Agricultural Engineer, farmer and Special Projects Coordinator at La Aurora for 12 years.

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