0036 - Reinier Lorenzo of HVC Cigars on blending, his Cuban palate, and his laboratory past

If you’re a fan of Aganorsa Leaf tobacco, there’s a good chance you’ve come across the HVC brand name. We put the HVC San Isidro, which is made at the Aganorsa factory in Estelí, at number 15 on our list of the top 25 cigars of 2017.

HVC founder Reinier Lorenzo stopped by our office to watch some World Cup soccer. After the match between Portugal and Spain was over, we moved over to the mics so our publisher Erik Calviño could get an interview in. If you don’t already know his story, you might be surprised to learn what Reinier was doing for a living before he got into the cigar business.

0035 - Smoking Vegas Cubanas by Don Pepín, Ovechkin's not gonna be suck, World Cup prognostication

In this packed episode of the podcast, the Cigar Snob Team smokes Vegas Cubanas by Don Pepín García (except Nick, who still has a cold) and talks about Nicaragua, North Korea, Donald Trump, Alex Ovechkin, the World Cup, snorkel masks, and a whole lot more.

One thing's for sure: this episode's not gonna be fuckin' suck!

0034 - Erik Espinosa on Murcielago cigars, bucket lists, forgetting the words to Folsom Prison Blues

Our office got a visit from Erik Espinosa, the founder of Espinosa Cigars, which is known for brands like Laranja, 601, and Murcielago.

As long as he was here, we figured we’d sit him down in front of a mic for a conversation with our publisher Erik Calviño that ended up touching on his cigars, his singing, and his bucket list.

0033 - Smoking (and giving away) Humo Jaguar from 2011, remembering Anthony Bourdain

We reached into the Vault for Humo Jaguar cigars by Plasencia, which were distributed only briefly back in 2011.

We also remember Anthony Bourdain the day the world learned of the chef's suicide.

All that — plus UFC 225, Yoel Romero, the Camel Clutch, and why you shouldn't watch The Handmaid's Tale — on this episode of the podcast.

Listen to the episode for information on how you can win a box of Humo Jaguar cigars from 2011 like the ones we smoked on this podcast!

0032 - 601 La Bomba Warhead II cigars, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup, Trumpy Bear

Need a friend who can join you for motorcycle rides and improve your golf game? Stick around to the end of the podcast for more information on Trumpy Bear!

In the meantime, you'll hear us smoking 601 La Bomba Warhead II, recapping game 1 of the NBA Finals, and going over some of our favorite YouTube tutorials.

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0031 - Illusione's Dion Giolito on working with Aganorsa tobacco and pairing cigars with Dr. Pepper

In a recent issue of the magazine, we ran a story about Aganorsa, its tobacco, its cigars, and its founder Eduardo Fernández. Aside from its own brands, like Casa Fernández, Aganorsa manufactures cigars for various brands. One of those is Illusione, one of the most highly regarded of the “boutique” brands of premium cigars.

While Nick Jiménez was in Estelí reporting that story, he interviewed Illusione founder Dion Giolito. They talked about Aganorsa, Illusione, pairings and Dion's approach to cigar making.

0030 - Bellas Artes by AJ Fernandez, visiting Guatemala, Little Pink House, and NFL kneeling ban

The team smokes Bellas Artes by AJ Fernandez while talking about Guatemalan shamans, the NFL's kneeling ban, and a soothing composition Ivan uses to fall asleep called "The Salty Chino." All this and more on the latest episode of the podcast.

0029 - Room 101 Master Collection One, Canadian shot put, cigar news, clueless NHL update

We reach into the Cigar Snob Vault for a Room 101 Master Collection One (in Mutante), talk sports, and ponder a shitty day at Tim Horton's.