Cigar Makers

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

Reading Time: < 1 minute

“A good cigar should be positive of taste, balance, and consistency,” says Klaas Pieter Kelner. He ought’a know. Blessed with rakish good looks and a lively personality, the 27-year-old son of renown master blender, Hendrik Kelner, is also a Brand Ambassador for Davidoff Cigars. While visiting Famous Smoke Shop for an in-store event, Klaas took some time-out to talk with Cigar Advisor about his life, his role as a Brand Ambassador, and his passion for cigars.

This isn’t a typical Master Blenders podcast, and not because Klaas isn’t a master blender—at least not yet. Klaas was fortunate enough to grow up in the Dominican Republic amid some of the industry’s most talented tobacco growers and cigar makers, and he had plenty to say about that. He also brought some Davidoff 2018 Chef’s Edition cigars to smoke during our conversation, and so, we had all the ingredients for an interesting program.

 

“You grow up to love the tobacco business. When you’re family is that deeply involved, you have no choice. Of course, my father did give me a choice, but in my mind, I was dead-set on it.”  – Klaas Pieter Kelner 

 

Working on the marketing side of the company, one of Klaas’s duties includes hosting tours of the Davidoff facilities in Santiago de los Caballeros. About his job, Klaas says, “I’m a teacher for something that I love.” And about our discussion he said, “Interviews like this help educate the cigar smoker about what really goes into a cigar, and there needs to be more of this.”

Watch our conversation with Klaas now:

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
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.

Show all Gary Korb's Articles
cigar advisor news - alec-bradley to release reclaimed sampler - release - cover photo

Cigar News: Alec Bradley Cigar Co. Announces the Upcoming Release of ‘Reclaimed’ Figurados

Reading Time: 2 minutes Alec Bradley Cigars want you to experience a piece of cigar factory history with their Reclaimed sampler. Limited to only 800 samplers, Reclaimed includes seven figurados, each representing one of Alec Bradley’s top selling blends. Learn more here.

Read More
cigar advisor master blenders christian eiroa of c.l.e. cigars - cover

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.

Read More
cigar advisor news - montescristo 1935 anniversary nicaragua espeso release - cover shot

CIGAR NEWS: MONTECRISTO 1935 ANNIVERSARY ADDS ‘ESPESO’ SIZE

Reading Time: 2 minutes “The Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua blend works incredibly well in the new Espeso vitola,” says Altadis U.S.A.’s Rafael Nodal who worked on it with AJ Fernandez. Rolled to a 5½x60 Gordo, learn more about this first new addition to the award-winning selection here.

Read More
top new cigars march 2 2020 Cigar Advisor Cover

CA Report: Top New Cigars (Mar 2 2020)

Reading Time: 4 minutes Winter has its days numbered – get ready for spring with these new cigars from Oliva, Punch, Diesel, and more. Click to see them all now!

Read More