Cigar Makers

2018 CA Report: Top Cigar Brands You Should Know (and Why)

If someone asked you which cigars you like, what would you tell them? And what would you say if that person asked, “why?” If you’re on the hunt for a go-to cigar, you should know at least a little something – even one thing - about what makes these cigar brands and their makers special, and why they’ve earned a spot in so many humidors.
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Master Blenders Throwback Edition: “The Lost Interview” with Benji Menendez

Master Blender Benji Menendez – his resume includes work with Macanudo, Cohiba and Partagas – to name just a few.
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The Top 5 First Generation Cigar Makers

Below I list five of these men, all who have worked so incredibly hard to get where they are today. Even in the face of looming FDA regulations, draconian smoking laws, and outlandish tobacco taxes, they drive forward, while continuing to make some of the world’s very best cigars. I happen to know these five guys personally, and I know how much the cigar culture means to them, as well as the faithful followers who purchase their creations.
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Rick Rodriguez Discusses the 5 Cigars that Made his Career

CAO Cigars’ Rick Rodriguez wasn’t always a cigar maker…but he’s always been a cigar guy. Well before the days of LinkedIn, networking was as much luck as it was hard work; and it was one of those chance meetings that led Rick down the path to making premium cigars, and coming full circle with his family’s history. He’s trained alongside the masters: Daniel Nuñez, Benji Menendez, Edwin Guevara, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo.
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CA Master Blenders Podcast: Nick Melillo of Foundation Cigars

Although I was quite familiar with his cigars, I had never met Nick Melillo until this podcast, but…
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Share 5 Cigars That Made My Career: Ernesto Perez-Carrillo of EPC Cigars

Settling in Miami was supposed to be temporary. “Things happen for a reason,”…
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CA Master Blenders Video Podcast: Eladio Diaz of Davidoff Cigars

“A master blender ‘has control over the content, the diversity and time.’” And this is the blender’s…
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Master Blenders: Nestor Plasencia Jr., VP of Plasencia Tobacco, S.A. (2018)

It's been over two years since Gary Korb interviewed Nestor Andrés Plasencia, son of the famous tobacco-growing ...
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Master Blenders: Alan Rubin, President/CEO of Alec Bradley Cigars

A FIRST for the Master Blenders podcast – Alan Rubin, joined by his sons, Alec and Bradley, ...
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5 Cigars That Made My Career: Jonathan Drew

What began in 1995 as a 16 sq. ft. kiosk in the World Trade ...
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