Manitou is made from 100% flue-cured tobacco and water. Yes, the secret is that simple - yet not simple to achieve.
The flue-cured tobacco in Manitou has a rich aroma and taste that is an essential component to any premium cigarette. All the flue-cured tobacco comes from members of U.S. Tobacco Cooperative (USTC), who are located in the southeastern United States. The U.S. flue-cured crop is the most sustainable and socially responsible tobacco crop in the world.
What is flue-cured tobacco? Flue-cured tobacco was originally strung onto tobacco sticks, which were hung from tier-poles in curing barns. Those barns had flues which ran from externally fed fire boxes thus heat-curing the tobacco without exposing it to smoke, slowly raising the temperature over the course of the curing. The modern-day process is fueled by gas systems. These smoke-free curing barns let the temperature rise slowly, releasing the excess chlorophyll and moisture while still retaining the tobacco leaf’s natural tannins to create the slightly-sweet, mild taste and smell of smoked tobacco. The process generally takes about a week. This method produces tobacco that is high in sugar and has medium to high levels of nicotine.
From the very beginning, we made sure that using top-quality tobacco along with our additive-free processing technology would be Manitou’s most distinguishing feature and would set us apart from the rest of the premium cigarette brands in the same category. With Manitou, we are convinced that our 100% naturally grown tobacco delivers more smoking pleasure versus those with artificial flavor enhancers.
The farmers who grow the flue-cured tobacco used in Manitou, run large-scale, commercial tobacco operations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. This region is acknowledged as the home of the world’s finest flue-cured tobacco. Its uniqueness comes from the climate, the soil, and how the crop is grown, harvested and cured. Each farmer meets strict compliance with U.S. agricultural standards and labor laws. These growers are heavily invested in conservation and are required to adhere to stringent local, state and federal environmental laws. In addition, they are required to meet all federal labor and occupational safety laws.
On-farm audits are used to validate compliance with the best practices of crop rotation, seed selection, curing techniques, farm hygiene, safe use of agrochemicals, soil and water conservation, environmental footprint and strict observance of labor laws. By implementing a 100% grower audit program with an independent third party, Manitou is proud to be working with farmers setting the standard for the U.S. tobacco industry.
The U.S. flue-cured crop where Manitou comes from, is produced by the most qualified, best-trained growers on privately-owned, family farms that meet government standards. Growers adhere to stringent record-keeping for traceability and their tobacco is cured in barns that are regularly tested. Deforestation is also a non-issue in the U.S., since production is done under sustainable conditions. With Manitou, we know that more and more consumers will choose their products and brands based on issues important to them, such as its impact on the environment, reducing their sourcing footprint, the planet and its people.
Our state-of-the-art production facility located in North Carolina guarantees that the tobacco processed in all Manitou cigarettes is 100% free from any harmful chemical additives like artificial preservatives, humectants or any synthetic flavors commonly found in other popular brands.
To make Manitou a uniquely premium product, we use only the finest whole leaf flue-cured tobacco, picked from the upper stalk position of the plant, which offers the best flavor experience. Manitou cigarettes contain no reconstituted sheet tobacco, stems or fillers and provides the best smoking pleasure that could even surpass the number one brand in its class.