Someone asked me what dry cigars are as I end up posting that I smoke them when nothing else is availbable.
As I live in the UK Holland and Belguim are a ferry ride away so I can get hold of their cigars really easily. Makes like Agio, Antonio y Cleopatra, Balmoral, Cortes, De Heeren van Ruysdael, Henri Wintermans, La Paz, Nobel Petit, Olifant, Oud Kampen, P.G.C.Hajenius, Panter, Villiger and Willem II.
DUTCH OR DRY CIGARS
There is a wide range of the dry, Dutch-type European variety of good machine-made cigars. These include, the range from Villiger, Henri Winterman, Clubmaster, La Paz and Willem II, Most dry cigars are machine-made, using a blend of many types of tobacco. Sometimes they are dusted with a chemical powder to give wrappers a more uniform colour. The word “gemateered” refers to this process.
Dutch cigars are meant to be smoked “dry”. But this is Holland “dry”, so a little humidifying may be necessary in really dry climates such as in the central region of the United States........
The Dutch-type cigars that are so popular in Europe, and South Africa are meant to be smoked “dry”. These include, among others, the range from Villiger, Henri Winterman, Clubmaster, Willem ll, Handelsgold, Independence and La Paz. These cigars will perform well if stored in areas with a humidity level of between 55 and 60 percent.
Dry cigars also come from Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Denmark and with a variety of tobacco for the filler including that of Cuba, Indonesia, Mexico, Java, Cameroun and Mexico.
The lighter and milder tasting wrappers come from Sumatra and the darker, spicy ones from Brazil. The former are the most popular to be smoked after dinner or on special occasions but have a higher percentage of Brazilian and Havana tobacco in the filler. As stated in the chapter on machine-made cigars, many of these dry cigars are made with homogenised leaf (HTL).
excerpt taken from: http://www.brasant.co.za/machine-made_cigars.htm