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The Jamaican tobacco industry owes its growth and fame to the Second World War and all of the cigar-loving smokers from Great Britain, including Sir Winston himself. With the United Kingdom mired in war, currency was at a premium and had to remain within the commonwealth for essential industry, not spent overseas on cigars. Furthermore, most shipping, and trading routes were blocked, so buying cigars from Cuba was no longer an option. Realizing there was a ton of money to be made; many famous Cuban cigar makers moved to the British colony with their tobacco crops, and seeds, and opened many factories. Soon Jamaican versions of Cuban brands appeared–many made entirely with Cuban tobacco, others with Jamaican filler and Cuban wrappers. While the original Havana’s were absent, these fine Jamaican counterparts were the sole source for stogies in the U.K. market.
After the war, Cuban cigars became readily available worldwide, but by now, Jamaica had already developed a reputation as a country that produced outstanding cigars. In addition, these refugee cigar makers moved back to their country, and the Jamaican market quadrupled in production.
Then when the embargo hit, and Cuban cigars were banned in the United States, Jamaican cigars were considered a high quality alternative.
Famous brands like Royal Jamaica, and Macanudo, along with other brands such as Crème de Jamaica, Flor de Jamaica, Temple Hall, Palamino, and Jamaican Heritage were very highly regarded. This industry continued to thrive until tragedy struck. In September 1988, Hurricane Gilbert slammed into Jamaica at full strength, crippling the nation’s cigar industry.
Today, you can relive the heyday of Jamaican-made cigars with OLDE STOCK TOBACCO. This juice captures all of the silky smooth, sweet spice flavor, and tantalizing aroma of the old-fashioned Jamaican cigar.
Colour: Golden brown
Nicotine: 0.3-1.8% by volume
Aroma: Sweet, bold
Flavour: Honey, Spice, tobacco
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