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Dominican Dominance

Not so long ago, the Dominican Republic was a small player in the world cigar market. Now it leads the way.
David Savona
From the Print Edition:
Alec Baldwin, May/June 2004

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The business has been boiled down to a select few, many of which were around before the boom and survived by not changing their patient ways of making cigars. The result is that the quality of Dominican cigars is superb, and consumers seek them out.

Picky consumers. "Forget about good," says Gomez, reflecting at the end of a day on his La Canela farm. "You have to come out with outstanding stuff. Very good is not enough anymore." He pauses, taking another puff from one of his cigars. "But it's very easy to work that way. You can keep your focus on where it should be."

James Suckling contributed to this report.

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