I have seen very little Jamaican tobacco used in cigars. Heck, I’ve seen more Italian tobacco used (CAO). But that might be about to change:
Joseph Adduci intends to turn back the hands of time by producing cigars with Jamaican tobacco. Of Italian- American decent, he came to Jamaica some fifteen years ago. During that time he has run a 10,000 acre farm, a cable television company, an ice factory and a boutique hotel all in the parish of Westmoreland. He learned how to grow tobacco in Connecticut, in the United States.
He began his tobacco venture in Jamaica two and a half years ago and says that his company is still very much in the research and development stage. At present his company, Adduci Tobacco Limited grows tobacco on 100 acres of land in both Clarendon and Westmoreland, which is attended to by 20 farmers. The company, through its brands Adduci Cigars and King Lion Jamaican Cigars currently exports 900,000 cigars a year.
Adduci now wants to expand his operations and is currently looking for partners.
To tell you the truth this seems like a long shot to me. The premium cigar industry is already dominated by a few country’s tobacco and they aren’t about to just give up. Now, if Jamaica’s tobacco can offer something special, maybe something more full bodied than other tobaccos, then they might have a shot to get a toehold.
Even if they do end up being successful it is going to take years to really get good product out. It takes a while to get the tobacco just right and then you have to age the tobacco to make it worthwhile for premium cigars. Good luck.