Eiroa is restoring the original Piloto tobacco from Cuba.
In the current issue of Cigar Journal, Julio Eiroa and his son Justo make some news. Julio is the latest inductee into the Cigar Journal Hall of Fame and so profiled in the current issue.
But if you read the whole article you’ll see that Julio has been up to some new things in Honduras. After succeeding with his Cameroon plantings, Julio began working to restore the original Piloto tobacco from Cuba that was brought to Honduras in the 60s by Tino Argudin. The tobacco is the original seed from the Vuelta Abajo. Just like growing the original Corojo tobacco from Cuba, Julio worked about 4 years on the old seeds and now has brought the old Piloto back to life. Says Justo, it is actually sweeter than the Corojo and more aromatic. Aladino plans to release the new cigar using this original piloto later this year. Also Julio is working on original Sumatran seed for another project.