Stogie Geeks #311

Date: October 25, 2019

Show Overview:

This week Joe and Andrew interview Ram Rodriguez from Tabacalera El Artista. Then they will review the cigars that they have smoked during the week!

Interview: Ram Rodriguez, Tabacalera El Artista

Ram Rodriguez is one of the few Cigar Executives under 30, Radhames “Ram” Rodriguez embodies everything that makes the cigar industry unique. A third-generation tobacco man, Ram comes by the business naturally having spent nearly his entire childhood in the factory. While he is comfortable sitting at the head of the conference room table, his heart is in the blending room. Ram is the creative mind behind the development of the most innovative blends at Tabacalera El Artista, including the 93-Rated Big Papi by David Ortiz and the 91-Rated Pulita 60th Aniversario.


Stogies of the Week

Joe’s Stogies:
  • Brick House Maduro
  • Diamond Crown Robusto No. 2
  • My Father La Gran Oferta Toro
Andrew’s Stogies:
  • Cain Daytona by Oliva Corona 6 X 46
  • Southern Draw Ignite 2019 NSF Navy Seals Foundation
  • AVO Domaine (Domaine 50) 6 X 54 Perfecto
  • La Sirena (Mermaid) Aniversario Especial 5 3/4 x 54 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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