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0079 - Smoking Balmoral Serie Signaturas Dueto cigars, talking sous vide, Donald Trump, Chris Bosh

The Cigar Snob team gathers round to talk about the latest issue of the magazine, Donald Trump's "No Collusion Day," Chris Bosh's Miami Heat jersey retirement, March Madness, sous vide cooking, intelligent design, and all sorts of other stuff. All the while, we're smoking Balmoral Serie Signaturas Dueto cigars.

0046 - Boris Wintermans on Balmoral cigars, Brazilian tobacco and Ernesto Pérez-Carrillo

If you’re an American smoker of premium cigars, there’s a chance you still aren’t familiar with Royal Agio. But make no mistake; the company is a powerhouse in Europe, with a multi-generational history that has led to its position as one of the largest manufacturers of cigars in the world — when you count machine-made products that is.

While machine made cigars have some negative stigma attached to them in the U.S., Agio products don’t compromise on quality and craft. Just a few years ago, the company expanded its Balmoral brand to include handmade products made at its Dominican factory. Our publisher Erik Calviño sat with Agio’s Boris Wintermans to talk about the company’s history, his family’s fascination with Brazilian tobacco, and their latest project, Dueto, which they launched with a cigar that came out of a collaboration with Ernesto Pérez-Carrillo.