Stogie Geeks #308

Date: October 4, 2019

Show Overview:

This week Joe and Drew interview Lincoln Salazar, the Chairman and CEO of Cigar & Spirits Magazine. Then they discuss the Stogies of the Week!

Interview: Lincoln Salazar, Cigar & Spirits Magazine

Lincoln Salazar has been an Orange County executive for more than 10 years, owning businesses in marketing, publishing, cosmetics, and event management. Mr. Salazar was nominated for Entrepreneur of the year alongside the CEO of Visio and has been the CEO centerfold for the OC Metro. He believes that perseverance, loyalty, and integrity are important in all aspects of his life, and especially in business.
Cigar & Spirits Magazine is an award-winning publication. The magazine is a respected industry leader and the second largest distributed magazine in its category, ranking in the top 20% in luxury and lifestyle magazine sales. The publication features celebrity interviews, lifestyles, fashion, travel, and cuisine coverage. Cigar & Spirits Magazine is a top choice for ultimate lifestyle connoisseurs who enjoy learning about the history and developing trends in the world of cigars and spirits.

Cigar Reviews:

Joe’s Cigars:

  • Black Works Studio – Boondock Saint
  • Foundation Cigar Company – Charter Oak Broadleaf
  • Evil Genius Cigars – White Chapel Belicoso
  • Rock-A-Feller Vintage Nicaragua Maduro

Drew’s Cigars:

  • E.E 601 La Bomba Warhead V Toro 6 X 52
  • CAO Amazon Basin Orellana 6 X 52
  • Padilla Finest Hour 6 X 60  Grand Toro
  • Don Julio  Punto Espada Gigante 7 X 60
  • The Wise Man Maduro (El Güegüense) 5 X 50 Robusto


Joe Hozempa | Host of Stogie Geeks

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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

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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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