New World - English
with Cuban Cigar Leaf
Yes...New World contains cigar leaf from Cuba. It was a somewhat
updated version of two Dunhill mixtures - one was, of course,
their Cuba Mixture, the other won't be named - which McConnell
had made over the years, but were no longer in production. There
was a Sobranie mixture at this time which contained cigar leaf,
but it didn't seem to gain much from that leaf. New World has
a distinctly exotic aroma in the tin and while burning. The sizable
amount of cigar leaf in the mixture is easy to see.
New World has often been called the finest tobacco of its type.
While there have been many attempts to "marry" pipe
and cigar leaf, none has maintained the fine smoking characteristics
and full flavor as has the New World. A truly great tobacco.
Interestingly, the decision to use Cuban cigar leaf was mainly
one of practicality, and had nothing to do with any perceived
superiority or name value - especially as it couldn't be advertised
as such due to US import restrictions. These tobaccos were conceived
in the late 70's and early 80's, and in Europe at that time,
virtually all cigars were Cuban. The Dominican, Nicaraguan or
Mexican leaf now common, were not known. In fact, if my timeline
is correct, the Fuente family had only just established their
factory in the Dominican Republic, and were known mainly for
their short filler Curley Heads! How things have changed over
The New World was another E&C original, though we acknowledge
its inspirational precursors from Dunhill. As with all the tobaccos
in the Elephant & Castle range, the tins of "New World"
were hand blended in the McConnell factory London, England and
are at least 13 years old. For more information on E&C, please
click: E&C History.