Blown away by the art of cigar making
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Blown away by the art of cigar making

Joseph Dougall: “When I felt the tobacco grown in Sierra Leone, it was love at first sight. I immediately liked the smell, the texture.” Inset: The traditional Maltese cheroot cigars made out of tobacco grown in Sierra Leone. Photos: Chris Sant Fournier Joseph Dougall , a seventh generation family member of a company that makes traditional Maltese cheroot cigars, tells Simonne Pace how he took over the business at a young age, his strong connections with Africa and his passion for the art of cultivating tobacco. If you’ve always seen the tobacco industry as a closed and male domain, then think again. The industry has always been dominated by women, says Joseph Dougall, who runs Dougall Tobacco, a factory in Tarxien that manufactures Maltese cigars from tobacco grown in Sierra Leone. Dougall inherited the factory – a business that has been running in the family for seven generations – from his great-grandfather Carmel Sciberras, who had set up the company in the 1850s. “My great-grandfather started selling chewing and pipe tobacco from a tray outside the dockyard,” says Dougall, 67, who also serves as honorary consul for Sierra Leone in Malta. At the time, when ships entered port, they […]

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