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  • n. A cigarette containing clove as well as tobacco. Originates from Indonesia.


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  • It is believed the name kretek, the Indonesian word for the cigarettes, comes from the crackling sound the cloves make when they are burned.

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  • The company, whose brands include Dunhill, Kent, Lucky Strike and Pall Mall, has failed to build a large following in Indonesia, where 90% of consumers smoke pungent "kretek" cigarettes, produced by companies like Sampoerna and Bentoel from a mixture of cloves and tobacco.

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  • BAT hopes to strike lucky in Indonesia as it pays £300m for 'kretek' tobacco firm - Business News

  • Boing Boing reader/commenter catastrophegirl, commenting in a thread about an enraged hillbilly user of flavored chewing tobacco, points to her Flickr photoset documenting her quest to make DIY kretek (clove cigarettes).

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  • The sound and smell of Indonesia: seconds after the airplane door opened on our first arrival in Jakarta, my wife and I were swimming in hot, wet Javanese air that carried the sweet smoke of clove-flavored kretek cigarettes and the tones of brass gamelan gongs.

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  • She lights an Indonesian cigarette—a kretek—waves out the match and drops it in a little green dish full of cherry pits.

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  • BAT's existing local unit in Indonesia, which doesn't sell kretek cigarettes, has a 2% market share.

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  • BAT decided the only way to build sizable market share in Indonesia was to take over a kretek maker, said Simon Millson, a Hong Kong-based spokesman for the company.

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  • He has also amassed a quirky collection of that quintessential Indonesian collectible: the kretek, or clove cigarette, pack.

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  • (It's the same scent that lends spice, literally, to the nightlife in Kuta and Jakarta; cloves, the dried flower buds of the trees, are used in Indonesia's ubiquitous kretek cigarettes.)

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