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Q&A: The Silent Legend

An Interview with Alfons Mayer, the globe-travelling tobacco buyer for General Cigar Co.
David Savona
From the Print Edition:
Morgan Freeman, Mar/Apr 2005

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Q: Have you been to all these countries where tobacco is grown?

A: Every one of them.

Q: I'm going to throw out names of tobaccos, and I'd like your impression of each one, all right? Let's start with Jamaican.

A: Flavorful, little grassy, nothing to compare with. Medium quality. It was used mostly politically because of England.

Q: Piloto Cubano from the Dominican Republic.

A: In my time, the best tobacco out of Cuba when well handled.

Q: Nicaragua.

A: Extremely strong. Too much of it gives you very few clients.

Q: Honduras.

A: I got familiar with Honduran tobacco in the later years after we bought Villazon. It was suitable.

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