Stogie Geeks #310

Date: October 18, 2019

Show Overview:

This week Joe and Andrew interview Armen Caprielian, who is the owner of DAV Cigars. Then they will review the cigars that they have smoked during the week!

Interview: Armen Caprielian, DAV Cigars

DAV Cigars, along with myself and two partners is making a huge splash in the cigar world in such a short amount of time. all our cigars are long filler, premium cigars which are hand rolled in the Dominican Republic by the best rollers in the business. Our tobacco is of the highest quality, with an aging process of no less than 4 years.

The founders of DAV Cigars, Armen Caprielian, and Val Atakhanian, share a 30-year friendship that is rooted in both their Armenian heritage and a passion for cigars. That love for fine tobacco inspired them to embark on a new business venture of creating a boutique cigar brand. Their decades of experience and extensive knowledge of the industry led the pair to Santiago in the Dominican Republic. Armen and Val were deliberate in their choice of a factory partner. Following many trips to the Dominican Republic, the co-founders formed a close bond with a third-generation cigar manufacturer. The family factory owner, Dylan, was the missing link to the brand’s name DylanArmenVal (DAV). His factory’s high standards would ensure that the brand upheld their motto of “Absolute Perfection”.

Learn more about DAV Cigars
Check out the DAV story here!


Stogies of the Week

Joe’s Stogies:
  • My Father La Gran Oferta Toro
  • CAO Orellana
  • Alec Bradley Project 40 05.50
  • E.P. Carrillo Capa de Sol
Andrew’s Stogies:
  • Perla del Mar Maduro: Toro Grande 6 X 60
  • Leon Jimenes: Robusto 5.5 x 50
  • Punch Rothchild Natural: 4 1/2 x 50
  • Cavalier Genève Limited Edition 2019 DG 4 3/4 x 58
  • La Gloria Cubana Spanish Press Gigante 6 x 60


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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