Grown in Connecticut under thin sheets of cloth, is a thin, elastic leaf that cures to a light, even colour. Grown in direct sunlight, the leaf would be coarse and tough. But by shading it, the sunlight is filtered. Today, shade-grown Connecticut wrapper leaf is one of the world's most expensive agricultural commodities. Connecticut in the US has historically been the source for these wrapper leaves. A combination of good soil, adequate rainfall and abundant sunshine has made it one of the world's premium tobacco-growing regions. Although experiments have been done transplanting wrapper leaf seed varieties from Connecticut to grow in other regions such as Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Mexico, Panama and others, no one has yet been able to duplicate the colour, flavour and texture of the Connecticut Valley leaf. Typically, this leaf is mild in flavour, offering a unique tobacco flavour.
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