Grown in volcanic soil at the base of the Andes Mountains, the authentic Ecuadorian Habano Wrapper is silky smooth. The local farmers call this tobacco “cloud grown,” as the consistent broken cloud cover caused by the mountains protect the leaves from an overabundance of harsh, direct sunlight. This protection results in a succulent less veiny wrapper, which we believe is the perfect finish for the blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos that lie beneath. The filler and binder, often and afterthought in many cigars, are the heart of Hermitage. The binder is Nicaraguan criollo grown near Estelí, and composed of 100% ligero. The filler is a distinct mix of Nicaraguan criollo tobaccos including ligero, secco and viso all grown in the Jalapa Valley. This rich blend delivers the soul of the cigar, a trademark sweet earthiness.