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Farm & Fields
The Eiroa family farm is one of the most technologically advanced tobacco farms in the world. Adhering to strict hygiene and environmental standards set by the Bayer Company, Julio and Christian Eiroa still roam the fields together to ensure they are delivering only premium tobacco, grown in the best of earthly conditions. The Eiroa Family farm is located in the Jamastran Valley, and yields only Grade A tobacco.
The Authentic Corojo Viso Wrapper was grown in El Lote 23 and was a part of a 87 acre planting of 1,252,800 plants that yielded 139,200 pounds of tobacco. From this Christian selected all of the Third Priming leaves which amounted to a total of of 41,760 pounds. Each leaf was then filtered for color and consistency with the Eiroa brand to a total of 8,760 pounds and was then slow cured to perfection for 16 months before being rested for 36 months. The entire production for 2013 was produced from Lote 23.
The Authentic Corojo Seco Binders are a part of El Lote 6 which was 62 acres or 892,800 plants. The total yield of binders was 5,200 pounds from the Second Priming. The kick you feel in these cigars are from the Quinto Corte Medio Tiempo fillers that were grown in Lote 11 and the Fourth Priming Ligero tobacco from Lote 23. However, it is important to identify that the Wrappers are where the majority of the flavors are produced.
Special attention was paid to the aging of this tobacco especially since it is the first time in almost 100 years that Christian’s family has been confident enough in a cigar to use the Eiroa Family name as a brand. Following every leaf from the time they were in the seed beds, to the fields, to the barns, to the bulks where it was being fermented (never mixed with any other primings) and finally to how the tobacco was packed and aged, this has proven to be a labor of love and passion where perfection is the only goal.
The Aladino Cigar Factory is a landmark in Danli for originally being one of two theaters owned by Antonio Kafati, Christian Eiroa’s grandfather. The building was remodeled for the first time since the theater opened in 1975 and converted into the Aladino Cigar Factory where the Eiroa Cigars are made.
The manufacturing technique has been perfected by a small group of rollers where the tobacco is bunched in a way to guarantee perfect construction. This method, perfected by the Eiroa family assures the burn, construction and blend is exactly the same in every single cigar through every size. The manufacturing process is only the last step of a process that began five years prior to the very first cigar being rolled. The tobacco itself is truly the key ingredient because it was grown and fermented specifically for this blend in the Eiroa Cigars.
In 2007, after 6 years of changes and preparations, the Corojo farm, more commonly known as the Aladino and factory became certified by Bayer CropScience, the agricultural branch of the major pharmaceutical firm. The Bayer CropScience Certification was a natural transition for the Eiroa Family who always prided themselves in having extremely clean facilities and caring for not only their output and production, but also the people that work so hard to make that output of cigars. “After we became certified we noticed that the workers were bringing home the same ideals we were enforcing at work. They began practicing better hygiene, having cleaner home environments, and more conscious of the output of waste,” notes Christian Eiroa. When the Eiroa family noticed the trends being taken home with their workers, they began to implement having on site doctors available to take care of their health needs. The transformation was happening right in front of their eyes, and that’s exactly why it was so important to achieve the goal of certification in the first place.
Bayer CropScience Certification stands to yield better output, utilizing less effects on the environment, and eliminating unhealthy additives. Many have visited the farm and asked where the dirt on the dirt floor has gone; while others have commented that they could eat lunch on the floor, it is so clean. Every two years the farm and factory undergo the rigorous course of recertification. This is no difficult feat for the family, as they continue to uphold the same standards of certification each and every single day.