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MASTER BLENDERS: CHRISTIAN EIROA, FOUNDER OF C.L.E. CIGARS Pt. 3

Reading Time: 3 minutes This Master Blenders Series episode spotlights C.L.E. Cigar Company founder, Christian Eiroa. Growing up in a legendary cigar family, he’s learned from the best. Watch how he’s made it work and discover why there’s more to making cigars in Honduras than you thought.

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5 Things That Made My Career: Steve Saka of Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust (Podcast)

Reading Time: 5 minutes This podcast with Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Cigars founder Steve Saka reveals the five milestones that took him to rock star status. Starting with his discovery of premium cigars in the Navy, it’s an illuminating listen with one of the cigar industry’s most idiosyncratic and admired personalities.

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Master Blenders: Pedro Ventura and Elmer Suarez of the Grupo de Maestros 

Reading Time: 2 minutes Gary speaks to Pedro Ventura and Elmer Suarez: members of the famed Grupo de Maestros, they’re two of the driving forces behind storied cigar brands like Romeo, Trinidad, Monte and more. Get a rare glimpse into the creative process of cigar blending from the Masters!

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Master Blenders: José Blanco, Director International Sales at Arturo Fuente Cigars 

Reading Time: 2 minutes In this Master Blenders video podcast, cigar industry veteran, José Blanco talks about his gig at Arturo Fuente Cigars, why he loves African Cameroon wrapper, why today’s cigar consumer is much more knowledgeable, and much more. Watch now!

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Cigar Boxes Decoded: Arturo Fuente Don Carlos

Reading Time: 4 minutes Cigar boxes are more than marketing – they are art, just like the cigars inside. But what do the symbols really mean? We asked Liana Fuente to decode the marks, motifs and hidden meanings on our box of Don Carlos, her grandfather’s legendary cigars.

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Master Blenders: Reinier Lorenzo, Founder and President of HVC Cigars

Reading Time: 2 minutes In this Master Blenders podcast, HVC Cigars Founder and President, Reiner Lorenzo, talks to Gary Korb about how life after Cuba turned him into an entrepreneur. The interview, which covers his approach to blending in the Cuban cigar tradition, and more, is a compelling look at how Reinier developed the HVC brand.

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Making an American Cigar: a Tour of the Avanti Cigar Factory

Avanti, Parodi, De Nobili, Petri and Ramrod. These are just some of the cigars made by the Avanti...
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Master Blenders: Francisco Batista of Royal Agio Cigars

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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)

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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

Reading Time: 5 minutes 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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