- Why Dominican Big Leaguer?
One cannot speak about the Dominican Republic without mentioning the nation’s two greatest passions – baseball and cigars. Dominican Big Leaguer Cigars (DBL) is the brainchild of Francisco Almonte. Francisco started working with tobacco at the age of 7, deveining leaves for his father, and by the time he was 12 years old, he was rolling cigars. Tobacco quickly became his passion and creating fine premium cigars became his mission. Francisco had the unique opportunity to work under the tutelage of two of the world’s most famous cigar makers, Mr. Carlos Fuente (A. Fuente Cigars) and Mr. Litto Gomez (La Flor Dominicana Cigars). Both legendary cigar makers have passed down an abundance of knowledge to Francisco, who, in turn, has incorporated the knowledge, experience and craftsmanship into his own brand, DBL by Francisco Almonte. Having worked alongside two of the cigar industry’s biggest names has given Francisco the ability to create incredible cigars that are extremely satisfying, full of flavor and perfectly constructed.
- General Information
Our factory is located in Tamboril, Santiago on the Dominican Republic. Tamboril is home to the cigar industry’s biggest names and top rollers. Despite its small size, Tamboril is often referred to as the “world capital” of cigars and cigar rollers because it is the epicenter of cigar manufacturing, housing more cigar factories and rollers than anywhere else on the planet.
DBL by Francisco Almonte uses highly graded tobacco supplied from top rated farms from around the world including Dominican Republic, Peru, Brazil, Nicaragua, Mexico and Ecuador. Plus, we have been growing our own tobacco since 2013 and our first crop will be ready for use next year.
Each one of our tobacco leaves undergoes rigorous curing and fermentation processes that give our tobacco the precise flavors for which we strive. Our rollers are second to none. They each have decades of experience, giving them the ability to craft the finest traditional cigars as well as those with unique shapes and sizes – all while maintaining the perfect draw.
Our mission is to craft premium cigars that will exceed the expectations of today’s most discerning cigar smoker. DBL by Francisco Almonte is about Passion, Love and Experience.