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Although it's become more popular in the last decade, for a long time Brazilian Mata Fina tobacco was not very well-known in the cigar world unless you were part of the trade.
A sun grown, stalk-cut leaf that lends itself very well to Maduro and Oscuro blends, Mata Fina is rich, refined, smooth, and contains a natural hint of sugar due to the soil in which it's grown. Unlike seeds from other countries being grown in different climates, Brazilian tobacco is unique in that it's only cultivated in the country's Bahia region; its strains are native, meaning even ancient tribes knew they had something pretty spectacular. It wasn't until the 1960s that Brazil's best-kept secret got out, as many Cuban Master Blenders who managed to escape the Revolution sourced Mata Fina to compliment the early non-Cuban versions of storied cigar blends such as H. Upmann, Montecristo, and Montecruz.
It is for all of the above reasons we chose to highlight Mata Fina in this sampler - a new one for us at CIGAR.com. Each of these three blends utilizes Brazilian tobacco in different ways, but the mark made by Mata Fina is unmistakeable. All rated '90' or above by Cigar Aficionado and at less than $5 per cigar, come see why Brazil should be on your cigar radar.
The Mata Fina Masters Sampler includes: