Cigar Makers

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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Cigar Makers

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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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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Cigar Makers

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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Cigar Makers

CA Master Blenders Video Podcast: Eladio Diaz of Davidoff Cigars

Meet Eladio Diaz, of Davidoff Cigars: what does a master blender do to relax after a day at the cigar factory? Smoke more cigars, of course…
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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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