De Olifant cigar factory, Kampen - Holland | WELCOME TO DE OLIFANT

"Kampen Holland" appears on the beautiful cedar packaging produced by De Olifant cigar factory. With around 50,000 inhabitants, this small town is located right on the river IJssel near to the IJsselmeer. Kampen is an idyllic place with historic warehouses, facades, imposing churches, old sailing ships and numerous clay brick walls. These are all part of a beautiful legacy from the time when Kampen was an influential hanseatic town.

Johann Lehmkuhl who had come from Bremen saw great potential in Kampen for the cigar industry. In 1826, he provided the impetus in making Kampen a cigar city. It proved to be a success. At the end of the 19th century, 40% of Kampen's working population was employed in the cigar industry. Small and large factories were established. The Voorstraat is the "birthplace" of many a famous cigar brand, including De Olifant.

De Olifant is the only brand which is still produced in the factory on Voorstraat in Kampen. For years now, the foundation of De Olifant's success has come from its use of pure natural raw materials of the very finest quality.
De Olifant devotes a lot of time and attention to purchasing tobacco, starting with the filler which consists of Brazil, Cuba and Java.
What makes these cigars globally unique is the fact that each range consists of its own special blend.

The binder is an important part of the cigar. It gives it structure and strength. De Olifant has been buying its binder in the Besuki district, near the city of Jember in East Java for many years. Testing the Java binder mainly involves examining the purity and sorting of the tobacco. Each leaf should have the same taste.

The filler and binder are covered with a precious Deli sand leaf from the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The tobacco experts also call it the "Sumatra Sumatra" or "Sumatra Origine" wrapper.
The finest wrapper for the cigar is the Sumatra wrapper. This rare type of tobacco is grown on a small scale. Because of its rare character, it is also called "burning white gold". It's not been given this name for nothingóone kilo of this tobacco is more expensive than a kilo of silver.

The wrapper leaves are the lower leaves of the tobacco plant. They grow directly above the nutritious volcanic soil. The wind pollinates the leaves with fine sand and "magically" makes light sparkles appear on the wrapper. Because the sand leaf grows in the shadow, the leaf gets a soft, silky texture and a mild taste. Nowadays, this "treasure" is an absolute rarity.

If you would like to see how De Olifant cigars are made, please take a look at our website or visit our factory in Kampen at De Oudestraat 103.
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