Stogie Geeks #303

Date: August 16, 2019

Show Overview:

We welcome back, Tim Wong the sales representative for Espinosa Premium Cigars and A.J. Fernández. Then Joe and Drew review cigars in the Stogies of the Week segment.

Interview: Tim Wong, Pier 28

Tim Wong is the sales representative for Espinosa Premium Cigars and A.J. Fernández, and has previously worked for General Cigar Co., Rocky Patel Premium Cigars, Toraño and others. Tim had formulated the idea for Pier 28 about 15 years ago, it wasn’t until he went to work for Espinosa that the cigars became a reality in 2016.

Cigar Reviews:

Joe’s Cigars:

  • Cuesta-Rey Centro Fino Sungrown
  • AVO Unexpected Series – Tradition

Drew’s Cigars:

  • Drew Estate BOTL:  Corona Gorda   6 X 46 Jaime Reserva Especial Limited Edition- 5 1/4 x 52
  • Partagas Limited Reserve Decadas 2019 Robusto Extra – 5 ½ x 49
  • Micallef Magdalia Toro


Joe Hozempa | Host of Stogie Geeks

Everyone knows Joe Hozempa. The “Italian Stallion” of the Rhode Island cigar culture. Joe isn’t afraid to give a cigar an average review. He knows what he likes and isn’t afraid to say it.

Andrew “The Band Man” Galvan | Co-Host

Andrew Galvan works in the Insurance Industry (Property Loss Adjuster). Andrew’s love for the cigar has been cultivated over the years and he made a goal to learn about the cigar business from seed to consumer. Thus, he has endeavored into the cigar business with Prestige Cigar and Tobacco in Bedford Texas aside his dual career.

“The Band Man”- Every time I smoke a cigar, I have a ritual. Going in I look at the cigar, the construction, color, smell the foot, taste the cap, I gently caress it in my fingers. Then I cut it, most time it will be a Deep ‘V’. I then look at the band, I read it, I study the artwork and fonts of any symbols or numbers, I imagine the person rolling this cigar and then putting the finishing touch of the band… I collect the bands and keep them as gifts of appreciation from the Tobacco growers, and procurers of said cigar. I become one with this cigar, I toast it, I wait patiently for the filler, binder, wrapper to ignite, the first hint of aromas fly through the air like an Aaron Judge Home Run…. Beautiful.
“Impeccable customer relations yields the greatest customer experience”-AG

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