La Galera cigars are made at Tabacalera Palma, a factory that was initially established in the year 1936 by Jochy’s father, José Arnaldo Blanco II, making it one of the oldest factories in the country. Tabacalera Palma is presently situated in Tamboril, a location which sits just on the outskirts of Santiago in the Dominican Republic.
Tabacalera Palma in Tamboril, DR
Up until the 1980s, it only made cigars for the local market using strictly Dominican Olor tobacco.
In the 1980s, Jochy took over as CEO. During this time, the company began to procure tobacco and cigars for export for the very first time.
Since then, Tabacalera Palma has grown exponentially, has relocated, and has developed numerous private labels for some of the leading cigar companies in the world.
It also exhibits a positive very positive impact on the community by directly employing its citizens, supporting local growers, as well as supporting a handful of causes, including The Orphanage of Tamboril, The Firemen Patronage and numerous local sports organizations.
[FACT: More than 70% of Tabacalera Palma’s onsite employees are female]
In addition to further developing Tabacalera Palma, Jochy Blanco has created and improved upon many tobacco growing, harvesting, curing and processing techniques – ideal factors that increase tobacco quality and the quality of a finished cigar.
At birth, Jochy was the 8th child of a total of 9 children in his family, and represents the family’s forth generation of tobacco growers (his Grandfather was a Spaniard named José Manuel Blanco Lozada who emigrated to the Dominican Republic in the mid-19th century to deal in tropical fruits and tobacco).
Today, Jochy is among the Dominican’s Republic’s biggest growers of tobacco.
In addition to his farms in Santiago, Jochy grows tobacco in La Canela, Gurabo, Jacagua, and Mao. Jochy even shares a state of the art farm with Litto Gomez of La Flor Dominicana called Estancia Flor de Palma.
He also purchases additional tobacco from growers who were once subcontracted by his father Arnoldo.
His primary tobacco crops are Criollo ’98 and Piloto Cubano, which unsurprisingly, are prominent components to be found within his La Galera cigars.
Jochy knows intimately about the different qualities and characteristics that become present within tobaccos that are grown across the different microclimates of his farms that are spread throughout the Cibao Valley region.