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“I feel like I was born into this world of cigars, and the smell of tobacco. You know, my first memories are of my mother and grandmother, both of whom worked in cigar factories in Cuba. I remember playing in big fields of tobacco, asking questions about farming tobacco and rolling cigars back when I was about four years old.”
Barbara never forgot those early days in Cuba. Working her way through school and University, she felt a calling from her childhood, guiding her back to the world of cigars. “I feel like I never left my love of cigars, and I’m so happy I returned to the traditions I love, making what I think are the best cigars in the world.” After completing University, Barbara went to work immediately as an apprentice roller, under the careful direction of a Torcedoro, or Master Roller, in her native Cuba. Upon completing this multi-year process, Barbara now brings her vast knowledge and expertise to Cayman Cigar Company, handcrafting some of the world’s best boutique, premium cigars.
Born in Cuba, Maria Hernandez comes to Cayman Cigar Company with over twenty years of rolling experience. Taking her first steps through the front doors of Cuban cigar maker Partagas in 1997, Maria found her passion in the handcrafting of premium cigars. “After visiting all the departments at the factory, I realized I was most excited about actually making cigars. Nothing is more exciting to me than seeing how many different tobacco blends go into different cigars. I enjoy it very much!”
Maria joined Cayman Cigar Company in 2019. “Coming to Cayman Cigar Company is something wonderful and humanitarian for me. I never imagined my position as a Torcedora (Master Roller) could help so many people.” Working under the tutelage of Torcedoros in her native Cuba, Maria learned all the components of hand rolling premium cigars and brings an eye for detail and a passion for creating some of the best cigars in the world.
John Lemuel “Lem” Hurlston is a native Caymanian and recieved his undergraduate education in Grand Cayman and Jamaica. He graduated Wansworth College in London, majoring in Finance and Public Auditing. Lem served 26 years in public service to the Cayman Islands, holding positions of Chief Secretary and Deputy Governor, among the highest posts in Cayman Civil Service.
Lem holds several board positions and directorships within the Cayman business and nonprofit sectors, including former Chair of University College of the Cayman Islands, the Maritime Authority and is an Honorary Representative of the Royal Commonwealth Society. He has twice been honored by Her Majesty the Queen with the awards of Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) and the Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO). He was awarded anHononrary Doctorate by the University College of the Cayman Islands in 2012. A respected author, his memoirs entitled “A Life that Counts” was published in 2016.
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