Interviews

Exploring the Legacy of Cuban Cigar Blending and the Birth of Casa 1910: An Interview with Manolo Santiago

In a captivating video interview recently uploaded to YouTube, we had the privilege of delving into the rich history and fascinating journey of Manolo Santiago, a prominent figure in the...

Published November 2023

An Interview With Jose Blanco

Interview with Jose Blanco. Last month, we had the pleasure to interview Jose Blanco. The former director of sales for Grupo Leon Jimenes, former blender and director of sales for...

Published August 2022

An Interview With Ermen Soares From Primazia Decorama

Primazia Decorama is the distribution vehicle of Ermen Soares, who also owns the Men’s Emporium shop in Luanda. He introduced brands like Padron, Plasencia, Oliva, and Joya de Nicaragua in...

Published July 2022

An Interview With Cigar Rights Of Europe

Cigar Rights of Europe interview. Legislation in Europe is getting more strict. So strict that even distributors like Cubacigar Benelux file lawsuits against governments. And in a protest against nanny state regulations,...

Published July 2022

An Interview With Cigar Rights Of The World

In January, a new grassroots organization saw the light, Cigar Right of the World. A grassroots movement to protect the rights of cigar smokers around the world. It is the...

Published June 2022

Interview with Daniel Guerrero from El Viejo Continente

Dear Daniel, for those that don’t know you, who are you and how did you become a cigar manufacturer?  I started selling tobacco in a family owned tobacconist in Barcelona...

Published June 2022

An Interview With Nick Hammond

Years ago, during a cigar event, we met Nick Hammond. Hammond was at the event as a reporter for Cigar Journal and we were part of the organization. And since...

Published April 2022

An Interview With Heiko Poerz

Interview with Heiko Poerz, the owner and designer of HENK, a luxury design company with a large range of cigar accessories and even cigars. For those that don’t know HENK,...

Published January 2022

An Interview With Bobby Newman & Cristal Blackwell Lastra

BN = Bobby NewmanCBL = Cristal Blackwell Lastra You hired a European sales manager, changed distributors in The Netherlands, opened distribution in Sweden and Slovenia. Are we right to conclude...

Published January 2022

An Interview With Mike Choi

In the world of Cuban cigars, Mike Choi is a known name. He’s a walking encyclopedia when it comes to Habanos. He was the UK Habanos sommelier in 2013, and...

Published November 2021

An Interview With Jessi Flores

Flores is a Nicaraguan born, American raised graffiti and tattoo artist. Together with Jonathan Drew from Drew Estate he changed the use of art in the cigar industry. Graffiti, rodents,...

Published October 2021

An Interview With Abe Flores

Last week, Cigar Inspector had the pleasure to interview Abe Flores. Flores is the co-owner of the Blue Star Cigar Factory in Tamboril, Dominican Republic. And the owner of the...

Published September 2021