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The Philippine 'Islands.
is the whole process, till the finished cigars are packed in cedar boxes, labeled for the market. Cedar-wood seems part of the charm.
Innumerable efforts have been made to use other and less expensive woods in packing, but without avail : either the cedar conserves the aroma better, or, more likely, it adds a special quality of its own, which, through long habit, the confirmed smoker finds indispensable to his enjoyment.
The Escalante region is noted for the fine tobacco grown there, though sugar, of course, is the most important crop. The tobacco
spanish luxury in the old days.
is rich-flavored, and by many experts is deemed the most desirable leaf in all the Visayas.
But it is generally agreed that the best quality of Island tobacco is that grown in the provinces of northern Luzon, the most valued coming from Cagayan and La Isabela.
Old residents invariably prefer Island tobacco; but the English, as the Americans, and the peninsular Spaniard choose, instead, the fa-Old residents invariably prefer Island tobacco; but the English, as the Americans, and the peninsular Spaniard choose, instead, the fa-