0059 - Boveda's Rob Gagner and Jay Fifield on humidification tech and working with cigar makers

Rob and Jay from Boveda dropped by Cigar Snob HQ for a conversation about cigars, humidification and their sunburnt calves.

0058 - Bullfighting journalist Abraham Mahshie on Spain and ethical questions around the spectacle

If you're a subscriber to Cigar Snob Magazine, you've probably come across some of the work of journalist Abraham Mahshie. We had him write a story for us about the consumption of fighting bull meat in Spain, and then later an interview with bullfighter Morante de la Puebla.

While in Miami to see some family, Abraham stopped by our office to chat about his experiences in Spain and how he came to embed himself in the peculiar world of Spanish bullfighting.

0057 - Smoking My Father cigars, bringing back the woolly mammoth, Khabib v. McGregor

The Cigar Snob team smokes My Father Limited Edition 10th Anniversary 2018, recaps some recent sports news — like Drew Brees' passing record and the melee at UFC 229 — and wonders which bygone species should be brought back with CRISPR technology.

0056 - Los Caídos Cigars' Steve Zengel on supporting families of fallen police and firefighters

Steve Zengel dropped by the office to talk about his cigar brand, Los Caídos (Spanish for "The Fallen"), and its mission to support the families of police officers and firefighters who have died in the line of duty.

We also talk about his working with Aganorsa, working as a white guy in the athletic program at an HBCU, and more.

0055 - Smoking Liga No. 9 cigars, Dunkin' sheds the Donuts, and Tiger Woods is back

The Cigar Snob team enjoys Liga Privada No. 9 in Corona Viva, laments the bygone days of Dairy Queen before it became “DQ,” and wonder aloud about the fate of the newly abbreviated “Dunkin’.”

Also, Tiger Woods is winning golf tournaments and people are passing out on carnival rides. All that and more on this episode of the podcast.

0054 - Remembering Arsenio Ramos, smoking Casa Fernández, Emmys recap, overview of the new magazine

We remember Arsenio Ramos, the late master blender at Aganorsa, while smoking one of the many cigars he helped craft: the Casa Fernández Miami Arsenio Maduro.

Also, we recap the 2018 Emmy Awards, wonder what Dwyane Wade's last NBA season will look like, and run through some of the highlights of the September/October 2018 issue of Cigar Snob Magazine.

0053 - Karl "The Mailman" Malone, from NBA legend to cigar man

 Karl Malone talks about his new cigar — Barrel-Aged by Karl Malone — with his daughter Kadee, who is co-owner of Legends Cigar and Vape in Ruston, Louisiana.

Karl Malone talks about his new cigar — Barrel-Aged by Karl Malone — with his daughter Kadee, who is co-owner of Legends Cigar and Vape in Ruston, Louisiana.

You know Karl Malone for his hall-of-fame career in the NBA, where he won 2 league MVP awards and cemented his place in basketball history as half of one of the greatest duos of all time — the other, of course, being John Stockton.

In retirement, though, he’s taken on other pursuits. He’s an outdoorsman, an entrepreneur, and a tobacconist. At this summer’s IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas, Karl also launched Barrel-Aged by Karl Malone, a cigar thats being made at La Aurora in the Dominican Republic. I had a chance to speak with him about life after basketball, his love of hunting, being an outspoken athlete, and the process he went through to have La Aurora make a cigar bearing his name.

0052 - Willy Herrera (Drew Estate master blender) and Jeff Borysiewicz (Corona Cigar, FSG)

At July’s IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas, senior editor Nicolás Jiménez had a chance to sit down with Drew Estate master blender Willy Herrera and Jeff Borysiewicz, owner of Orlando’s Corona Cigar as well as Florida Sun Grown, the Central Florida tobacco growing operation whose tobaccos have made their way into various premium cigars, including the eponymous FSG brand made by Drew Estate.

They talked about Willy’s blending process, what’s new in the Drew Estate portfolio, how the relationship between Drew Estate and FSG came together, and what it means to Jeff to produce premium cigar tobacco in his own backyard.