American grown tobacco has been an integral part of Avanti cigars for generations, just as Kentucky tobacco has been a part of that state’s history from before its inception. Our pride in using only American grown tobacco in Avanti Cigars stems from its deep rooted historical origins and our commitment to its American heritage.
The History of Tennessee and Kentucky Tobacco
Tobacco has long been a part of Kentucky’s history, even before the state itself came into existence. In Tennessee, tobacco was one of the settlers first crops. The Native Americans had many practical uses for tobacco … as an important part of religious and familial ceremonies, and they valued it for its purported healing properties as well. As the American settlers traded with the Native Americans, they spread their tobacco through other parts of the territory, and eventually Kentucky tobacco began the region’s most valuable cash crop.
Kentucky became the biggest producer of tobacco up until the 1920’s. Many Native Americans not only used tobacco ceremonially, but also as a salve to relieve pain from a variety of ailments. In the beginning, many farmers grew what is commonly known as air cured tobacco, with dark leaves and a very pungent flavor. This type of tobacco was used in a variety of methods, including everything from chew, to pipe smoking, and cigar smoking.
A further improvement to these early tobaccos was made by fire curing the tobacco to its present rich brown color with sawdust and limbs from oak and hickory trees.
Tobacco’s Growth Spurt
Dark fired Tennessee and Kentucky tobacco has enjoyed a renaissance in the last ten years just as bourbon whiskey has made a comeback. The harvest of dark fired tobaccos has grown by over 40% in the last ten years.
Straddling the border between the states in the area northwest of Nashville, Kentucky and Tennessee growers produce the finest tobacco grown in the United States.
A Century Long Partnership
Avanti purchases this dark fired tobacco from the families of the same growers that the founders of Avanti bought from in 1912. Consistency and continuity are the hallmarks of this four generation partnership.
Avanti recognizes this quality and the importance of its American heritage, which is why we use only hand picked American tobacco in all of our cigar products.
An Affordable Quality Cigar
With so many cigars to choose from, Avanti understands the importance of offering a quality cigar at an affordable price. Perfect for any occasion, our cigars our made with an all American product that we proudly offer and enjoy. Try Avanti cigars today to experience centuries of Kentucky and Tennessee flavor… and American pride.