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Master Blenders: Benji Menendez, Former SVP of Premium Cigars – General Cigar

In 2006, we got the rare opportunity to interview one of the most esteemed personalities in the cigar business: Benji Menendez. The audio was never published, as the tapes were believed lost - until now! Hear Benji's remarkable story from his life in Cuba to his success with General Cigar - listen now!
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2018 CA Report: The Top 5 First Generation Cigar Makers

There are countless cigar making legends who were born into tobacco families from Central America & the Caribbean: Fuente, Oliva, Padrón, Eiroa and many more. But we've made a list of the top 5 cigar makers who entered the business with very little first-hand knowledge and a whole lot of big dreams. Read now!
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5 Cigars That Made My Career: Rick Rodriguez of CAO Cigars

CAO Cigars' Rick Rodriguez has been at it almost 20 years - now, it's time to look back at the cigars that have influenced his style, learn what gives a cigar a “wow” factor and the 5 most important cigars ever to fit in his humidor. We got some little-known facts about your favorite CAO blends inside – watch now!
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Master Blenders: Nick Melillo, Founder of Foundation Cigars

Nick Melillo is the founder of Foundation Cigar Company, and the man responsible for such highly-rated cigars as El Gueguense, Tabernacle, Charter Oak, and Highclere Castle, Nick (a.k.a. "Nick R. Agua") has accomplished in 15 years what takes some blenders to do in a lifetime. How'd he do it? Tune in and listen!
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5 Cigars That Made My Career: Ernesto Perez-Carrillo of EPC Cigars

Ernesto Perez-Carrillo's La Gloria sparked the 90s Cigar Boom, and he continues innovating today under the flag of EPC Cigars. But what were the premium cigars that, over the years, influenced and inspired him - and played a key role in his success? Ernesto revealed the list to us, and his answers may surprise you...
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Master Blenders: Eladio Diaz, Davidoff Cigars Master Blender/Director of Quality

When it comes to blending for the premiere luxury cigar brand, Eladio Diaz is focused on consistency and knowing what pleases the Davidoff smoker's palate. Come to the DR and catch the Master at work: get the how & why of making Davidoff cigars, and whether he’ll ever add Cuban tobacco to his bag of tricks. Watch now!
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Master Blenders: Nestor Plasencia Jr., VP of Plasencia Tobacco, S.A. (2018)

You hear a lot about "passion" in the cigar industry, and few people are more passionate about tobacco than Nestor Plasencia. In this impromptu podcast Nestor explains how he and his team created the 93-rated Alma Fuerte (#9 cigar of the year), the key differences between Honduran and Nicaraguan tobacco, and more.
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Master Blenders: Alan Rubin, President/CEO of Alec Bradley Cigars

Alan Rubin, with his sons, Alec and Bradley, speak about how Alec Bradley Cigars has made their mark. We talk about the leading cigars in the AB stable, how the boys are contributing to their father's business, the new Black Market Estelí and Prensado Lost Art cigars, and much more. Alec Bradley fans: give it a listen.
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5 Cigars That Made My Career: Jonathan Drew

Jonathan Drew got his start selling cigars from a 16 sq. ft. kiosk in the World Trade Center Mall. Today, Drew Estate is one of the biggest premium cigar operations in Nicaragua, home to such illustrious cigar brands as ACID and Liga Privada. See the 5 cigars JD says are most responsible for his success – and why.
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Master Blenders: Robert Holt of Southern Draw Cigars

Hear Southern Draw Cigars Robert Holt talk about his hottest new cigars; plus why commitment to God, family & country are part of his Southern Draw vision.
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