Criollo means "native seed". Criollo tobacco is well known for its uses in cigars. Criollo tobacco is often associated with Cuba in terms of its origins. As Drew Estate President Steve Saka points out, while Cuban Criollo can be considered a "base tobacco", there are origins that precede its arrival into Cuba.
In this video, Saka takes us through the origins of the Criollo and takes us through the migration paths and how the cultures of different regions impacted this seed. As we will learn, many tobaccos that are used have Criollo origins such as San Andres, Mata Fina, and Connecticut Broadleaf.