A burning fireplace, a glass of wine in the hand and a cigar in the mouth. This image with literary and cinematographic echoes perfectly describes the partnership between La Collina dei Ciliegi and Manifatture Sigaro Toscano, both excellences of made in Italy. Indeed, smoke a Toscano Cigars is a pleasure that combines with many passions, not least that for fine wines. Therefore, the Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG by La Collina dei Ciliegi is one of the protagonists of the book about this historical brand of cigars.
AN EXCELLENCE OF MADE IN ITALY
A monography fully devoted to Manifatture Sigaro Toscano was published last November. The book was edited by the journalist Enrico Mannucci for Rizzoli publishing house and it celebrates the 200th anniversary of this worldly renowned brand. The reader is guided by images and words through a trip back in time, across its two centuries-long history.
Characterized by a unique shape and an intense taste, the Toscano cigars took the name from the place of birth. They were created in early nineteenth-century near Florence, using the Kentucky high-quality tobacco.
The excellence of Toscano cigars starts with the land and with tobacco producers. Then it involves manufacturing techniques which have maintained the original craftsmanship and which have been passed down for decades. In doing so, the company has been able to take advantage of technological innovation without lose the uniqueness of its centuries-long craft tradition, which is its main strength. A combination of tradition and innovation allows Manifatture Sigaro Toscano to turn tobacco leaves into works of art.
However, the Toscano Cigar is more than just a cigar. It is the summary of the centuries-long Italian culture, and nowadays it is a symbol of Italy all over the world. Heroes of the Italian Risorgimento, writers, compositors, directors, actors and intellectuals have turned it into a matter of style. Moreover, the fascination exerted during time over a wide and varied audience has turned the Toscano cigar into an everyday life’s habit of many common men.
AMARONE AND TOSCANO ANTICA RISERVA: A PERFECT PAIRING
There are many suggestions related to cigars’ lifestyle: perfumes, flavours and colours that recall the nature, the land and made in Italy products. Among these suggestions, there is the art of pairing Toscano cigars with fine wines and distillates. This art has been constantly improved over time: it is utterly important to know how to evaluate cigar’s flavour, in order to match it in a balanced and delicate way.