About a month ago I did a post on Jamaican cigars. Evidently, one man, Joseph Adduci of Adduci Tobacco Limited, is trying to lead a renaissance for Jamaican tobacco and I was able to have him answer ten questions from me.
The Perfect Draw: How did you get your start in the cigar business – do you come from a family that smoked cigars?
Joseph Adduci: Yes,my father smoked Macanudo and Temple Hall! I started growing tobacco in Connecticut at the age of 12.
TPD: What is unique about Jamaican tobacco?
JA: Mild, tasty, rare, exotic. Jamaica Tobacco is the smoothest in the world. It is extremely unique.
TPD: What other country’s tobacco would you compare Jamaican tobacco to?
JA: I wouldn’t compare Jamaican Tobacco to any other country’s tobacco. Jamaican tobacco and cigars stand alone. We are different and very rare.
TPD: How many cigars will you be producing five years from now if all goes according to plan?
TPD: Do you have any cigar mentors? If so, who are they?
JA: Yes, Robert Gore of Royal Jamaica fame and Edgar Cullman Sr. Two great Jamaican Cigar MEN.
TPD: How difficult is it for a Jamaican cigar company to be taken seriously?
JA: Not difficult at all. TEN YEARS AGO WE (Jamaica) WERE #3 IN THE WORLD.
TPD: Is it actually a marketing plus being the only brand solely from Jamaica?
JA: No, Remember Barrington House manufactures in Jamaica also. A lovely cigar!
TPD: What cigars, other than your own, do you like?
JA: Bolivar (CUBA) and Drew Estate (Nicaragua).
TPD: How worried are you about anti-smoking laws in America and Europe hurting your business?
JA: I am not worried at all. I feel anti-smoking laws are necessary for cigarettes only.
TPD: Are you doing anything to combat this?
TPD: How is the government of Jamaica “on your side”?
JA: The Jamaica Labour Party led Government of Jamaica has been extremely supportive. The Government of Jamaica is a 10% equity partner in Adduci Jamaican Tobacco Ltd.
TPD: Are they subsidizing your company, supplying you with land, or is it something else?
JA: 10,000 acres in total, millions in backing, total support!
TPD: Where can we find your cigars – are they in cigar shops in America and Europe?
JA: 220 countries! adducicigars.com (factory direct)
I will obviously be following up on some of these points. What I think is important to focus on is laws against cigars and what he is doing to combat the assault on cigars. Is there anything else that should be gone over again? Have any of you smoked one of Mr. Adduci’s cigars? Any other questions?
Joseph Adduci seems like a very interesting guy and I wish him all the best. Hopefully we can do something like this again.