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Master Blenders: Christian Eiroa, Founder & President of CLE Cigars Pt. 2

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CA Master Blenders Podcast: Christian Eiroa, Founder & President of CLE Cigars

Almost a year to the day since his last visit, Christian Eiroa, founder of CLE Cigars and of former Camacho Cigars fame, returns to the Master Blenders podcast to chat about his new cigar releases, like the new CLE The First 20 Years Colorado, FDA headaches, why retrohaling your cigars matters, and more. Tune-in and catch-up with one of the true princes of the handmade cigar industry. ~ G.K.

 

An Interview with Christian Eiroa, President of CLE Cigars

By Gary Korb

Christian Luis Eiroa, the “CLE” of CLE Cigars, was born in Danlí, Honduras to one of the country’s most renowned tobacco growing families. He grew up on the family’s Jamastran farm and like his father, Julio, before him, began learning the trade at the tender age of eight.

In 1993 Christian earned a degree in Business Administration from St. Thomas University, and in 1995 he received a Master’s of International Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. That same year Christian returned to Danlí, to complete his family education in tobacco and cigars.

gary smoking Chele by CLE Cigars
Master Blenders host, Gary Korb, smoking a CLE Chele Toro during the podcast. Click to learn more about this cigar.

After spending several years in Miami learning the sales and marketing side of the business from the late, beloved Sal Fontana of La Fontana cigars fame from 1997 to 1999, in 2000, Christian launched the now classic Camacho Corojo cigars brand that quickly became a worldwide phenomenon for a new breed of cigar smokers who wanted bolder, more complex cigars.

After Camacho was purchased in 2008, Christian remained with the company during its transition. Then in 2012, he and partner Tom Lazuka of Asylum Cigars founded the C.L.E. Cigar Company with offices in Danlí, Estelí, Nicaragua and Miami. Their goal was to create a boutique cigar brand that would continually push the blending envelope, always asking one question: “Why not?”

Christian has an intense love for tobacco and is passionately loyal to his Honduran roots, always concentrating on growing the best possible tobaccos and aging them to perfection. His Corojo leaf is considered among many to be the world’s best, and the unique flavors found in C.L.E. cigars are a fine example of his painstaking efforts to create cigars with rich flavor, complexity and the finest handcraftsmanship.

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Jack Bliesath
5 years ago

It would be great if he produced the Diploma line being discontinued by Davidoff.

Christian Eiroa
5 years ago

Thank you, Jack. The Diploma was my absolute favorite for many years!

Christian Eiroa
5 years ago

Gary Korb , thank you for a great interview. It is always very nice speaking with you.

Warm regards.

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and Executive Editor of Cigar Advisor. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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