We’ve all heard stories about Castro’s rise to power and the Cuban Revolution; how his regime violently seized power and property. We’ve heard how tobacco- and cigar families fled their homeland with only a pocketful of seeds and an unbreakable will.
Christian Eiroa wears a lot of hats as a cigar maker, and they’re all necessary to keep his employees paid and the lights on. But blending is probably the most entertaining and rewarding part of it all, even if it can also be the most disappointing and frustrating. It’s both soaring joy and crushing heartbreak, sometimes on the same day.
Sal Fontana spent 62 expletive-ridden years in the cigar business. These are his stories, as told by friend, co-worker, and mentee, Christian Eiroa.
Christian Eiroa recently spoke with a relative newcomer to the cigar industry who proudly proclaimed, “nobody knows more about cigars and tobaccos than I do.” Join Christian as he talks tobacco, bravado, the infinite scope of tobacco knowledge, and reverence for the true guajiros who risked everything to develop and cultivate a tobacco business in Central America.