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Master Blenders: Francisco Batista of Royal Agio Cigars

In this audio podcast, Dominican Republic native, Francisco Batista, talks to Gary Korb about his gig as General Manager and Premium Cigar Master Blender for Agio Caribbean Tobacco, whose brands include Royal Agio Cigars’ highly-acclaimed Balmoral and San Pedro de Macoris cigars. Click and listen now!

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Master Blenders: Nestor Plasencia Jr., VP of Plasencia Tobacco S.A. (2019)

Nestor Plasencia Jr. joins Cigar Advisor’s Gary Korb for another Master Blenders video podcast: watch them talk about the Plasencia family’s 154 years of tobacco growing, the success of Alma Fuerte cigars, how they grow and create hybrid tobaccos, and more.

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5 Cigars That Made My Career: Michael Giannini of Ventura Cigars

Starting with La Gloria Cubana, Michael Giannini has worked shoulder-to-shoulder with many of the best people in the premium cigar business – so which cigars have had the most impact on his nearly 40-year career? Watch Michael count them back to Gary Korb in this Advisor exclusive.

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CA Blind Tasting: CAO Cigars with Rick Rodriguez

Blenders may have a hard time picking their favorite cigars, but can they even pick their own blends when blindfolded? We put Rick Rodriguez to the test in this Blind Tasting of CAO Cigars. Click to find out how he did…

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Master Blenders: Liana Fuente, VP of Brand Development – Arturo Fuente Cigars

Hear Arturo Fuente Cigars’ Liana Fuente tell us about growing-up Fuente, her passion for cigars, the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation, and more in this edition of the Master Blenders podcast…

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CA VIDEO: Behind the #1 Cigar of 2018 – Encore Majestic, with EPC

Want to know how EPC made the #1 Cigar of 2018? We dug into the CA Video Vault for a look back at our May ’18 sitdown with Ernesto, and learned everything there is to know about Encore Majestic by EP Carrillo. Watch now, and learn from the Master…

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5 Cigars That Made My Career: Alan Rubin of Alec Bradley Cigars

Watch now and learn as AB founder Alan Rubin reveals the “wow” moments that shaped Alec Bradley cigar success, from his first smoke to finding out his cigar was chosen #1. Plus: Alan’s little-known blending tricks, and great “hard work” stories about your favorite Alec Bradley cigars…

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CA Master Blenders Video Podcast: Klaas Pieter Kelner, Davidoff Brand Ambassador

His father is one of the cigar industry’s legendary master blenders; Avo was his adopted uncle, he knows the cigar business inside and out. He’s also just a really nice guy: Klaas Pieter Kelner, Davidoff Cigars Brand Ambassador, who talks with us about growing up at the heart of the business, the appreciation of a fine cigar, and more

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5 Cigars That Made My Career: Rafael Nodal

Rafael Nodal has had a hand in blending some of the most renowned cigars in the world, gathering huge ratings and prestigious awards along the way…not bad for a kid who was picking oranges in Cuba at 15. Today, we sit with Rafael to discover the 5 cigars that influenced his style, earned him success, and give some little-known facts about your favorite Altadis and Boutique Blends.

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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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