Joya de Nicaragua

0043 - What cigars we smoked at the IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas

On this episode, the Cigar Snob team recaps the 2018 IPCPR trade show, where a number of cigars brands and manufacturers debuted new product.

We also got our hands on some innovative new accessories, met Karl "The Mailman" Malone, and watched the World Cup Final when a small fire delayed the show. Ain't nobody got time for that.

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.

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.

0027 - Joya de Nicaragua's Alejandro Martínez Cuenca

The cigar industry is dominated by families whose tobacco stories begin in Cuba. But one company in particular stands out as not only having a deeply Nicaraguan identity, but also having a history that is tightly woven into that of its home country. In this episode, you’ll hear Erik Calviño’s interview with Alejandro Martínez Cuenca, the man behind Joya de Nicaragua. Alejandro dives deep into the history of Joya, the tumultuous political climate that surrounded it, how it came to be the official cigar of the White House, and what lies ahead for the brand. You won’t want to miss this one.

0013 - Super Bowl recap over a Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserva

The Cigar Snob team shoots the breeze, talking about the Super Bowl (spoiler alert: the Philapdelphia Geegles won the day), movies (spoiler alert: there's freaky fish sex in The Shape of Water) and travel to Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic (spoiler alert: there are cigars).

We also get into some Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reservas and talk about how hard various cigars kick you in the nuts.