Stogie Geeks #304

Date: August 23, 2019

Show Overview:

Joe and Drew interview Aaran Goldfarb, who is a writer, journalist, and author. Aaran will talk about his experience in the field and the novels he has written. In the second segment, Joe and Drew will review the sticks they have smoked for the week.

Aaron Goldfarb – Writer, Jounalist, & Author

Aaron Goldfarb is a writer, journalist, and author. His writing about drinking culture has appeared in Esquire, PUNCH, VinePair, and Whisky Advocate. He is the author of several novels, and has most recently authored a cocktail book for whiskey lovers titled Hacking Whiskey: Smoking, Blending, Fat Washing, and Other Whiskey Experiments (Dovetail Press, 2018). He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Betsy; daughter, Ellie; Maine Coon cat, Hops; and around 1000 bottles of whiskey, give or take.

Cigar Reviews:

Joe’s Cigars:

  • Drew Estate Herrera Esteli Miami
  • E.P. Carrillo Elencos
  • Southern Draw- 300 Hands
  • Crux Epicure

Drew’s Cigars:

  • La Aurora 107 “Zeppelin” 4 x 58
  • Macanudo Inspirado palladium Lonsdale 6 x ¾ x 43
  • Joya De Nicaragua Antano CT Toro 6 x 50
  • Joya de Nicaragua Número Uno L’Ambassadeur 6 5/8 x 44


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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