Our Ecuadorian Shade Wrappers are known to be a thinner, milder leaf, and is revered as a beautiful wrapper leaf in the cigar manufacturing industry.
These leaves are much larger than they look in the picture. It's just that the hands are fanned out, so it creates the illusion of smaller bundles. These leaves arrive tied in traditional hands and should be processed just like all tobacco leaf wrappers, and is grown from the Habano 2000 seed. Just keep in mind that shade grown wrapper tobacco is usually much more fragile than sun grown wrapper tobacco (think Maduros and Oscuros) and requires a bit of finesse.
One of the most interesting tidbits about this leaf is that it is said to be "cloud grown", instead of in actual shade tents (like they do here in Connecticut). From what we understand, the region they are grown has almost constant cloud coverage (being in the mountainous foothills of Ecuador), which diffuses the light like a traditional cheesecloth shade tent would!
What People Are Saying About Leaf Only
"I am a new customer of Leaf Only and my first experience has been wonderful. I placed my order over the phone and spoke to Rich. He was very helpful and pleasant to speak with. We discussed my plans for the leaves -- I am an E-liquid maker-- and he gave me some very helpful suggestions for my future orders. My leaves arrived very quickly in the mail and I could smell the lovely aroma of tobacco before I even opened the box. The leaves were packed well individually wrapped and flat packed. I ordered the Organic American Flue Cure, Brightleaf Sweet, Nicaraguan Aged Seco long leaf, Dark Fire Cured, and Yendije Oriental. I was very impressed with the texture and highly aromatic nature of the leaves. These leaves will work well for my extraction purposes for e-liquid. I am looking forward to running my first tests with these leaves and when I am in need of more tobacco leaves, I will be shopping with Leaf Only from now on. Thank you very much for all your help "
- Jennifer, VT
To learn more about Leaf Only, visit the About Us page. If there is a particular tobacco leaf that you do not see on our website, please Contact Us. There is a good chance we can find the leaf you are looking for!
All I can say is that all Ecuadorian Shade Wrapper's are not created equal. I had tried a different one, from a different seed. However, this is an amazing wrapper. Not heavy on the tongue, and doesn't have that bitterness I find in the lighter wrappers. I don't actually smoke my cigars, except sometimes, so they sit in my mouth for a long time and I really taste the leaf.... Are you confused yet?
I have invented a new cigar product and am doing my product development, and Leaf Only has been an irreplaceable asset in my search. Great leaf. My product "Lightning Leaf" is coming soon.
Date: Aug, 20, 2015
Very very thin, arrived in excellent shape could almost literally go right to work with them. Very easy to roll flawless wrappers with just the right amount of finesse. Results in a good looking and pleasant smoking cigar.
Date: Apr, 18, 2016
Just recently bought the Ecuador Seco Shade wrapper, this is by far the best wrapper leaf that I have ever had the pleasure of working with, beautiful leaf.