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0049 - Alan Rubin on Alec Bradley cigars, Glenfiddich Scotch pairings, Alec and Bradley's cigars

Alec Bradley is one a name loads of cigar smokers know well. But fewer know that there isn’t actually a guy named Alec Bradley behind the brand. The name refers to two brothers — Alec and Bradley — who are the sons of the company’s founder Alan Rubin.

While the name might not have referred to anyone in the cigar business at first, that’s starting to change. Our publisher Erik Calviño sat down with Alan Rubin to talk about his company, what’s new in the Alec Bradley portfolio, and the cigar project that the now-adult Alec and Bradley have taken on.

0047 - Oscar Valladares on his cigars, Cicerón Edition and telling Honduran stories

Sometimes it can seem like any mention of “Central American” cigars is necessarily a reference to Nicaragua. Most of the region’s noteworthy factories are in Estelí. There are great cigars coming out of other countries in the region, though, and one of the hottest protagonists of Honduran cigars is Oscar Valladares.

His name recognition in the U.S. got a major bump from Leaf by Oscar, and he's now putting out consistently excellent cigars and some of the most inventive packaging of any boutique brand.

Senior editor Nicolás Jiménez sat with Oscar at last month’s IPCPR trade show to talk about his latest releases, the artist behind the design of some of his new packaging, and what it's like to helm a company that is decidedly Honduran.

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.

0045 - Viaje Cigars founder Andre Farkas on small-batch cigars, liquor collection, Lakers tickets

Andre Farkas’ Viaje brand isn’t always easy to come by, but their reputation has spread far and wide. When you come across Viaje cigars, you scoop them up.

While at the 2018 IPCPR trade show, Cigar Snob publisher Erik Calviño and senior editor Nicolás A. Jiménez sat with the L.A.-based owner of Viaje for a chat that touched on cigars, booze, basketball and pool parties — along with the first release in Viaje's new Private Keep series of cigars.
 

0044 - Daniel Marshall on humidors, cigars, and how a boat helped build his brand

Business ideas can come from all sorts of places. In the case of surfer-dude-turned-sailor-turned-humidor maker Daniel Marshall, it all started with a thoughtful thank you gift. Daniel sat down with me while we were at the IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas to talk about his company’s beginnings, how he came to be regarded as among the premier humidor makers in the world, and the benefits of making a living and building a brand inside the cigar culture.