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Stogie Geeks #312

Date: November 8, 2019

Show Overview:

Joe and Drew Interview Dan Davison. Dan is the Sales Manager at Queensbury Cigar & Pipe. His unique experiences in the industry include managing Rhode Island’s oldest tobacconist The Humidor Smoke Shop, to being the Northeast Sales Representative for Kristoff Cigars. He joins us this week to discuss the 2020 Tobacco Business Awards, what’s been hot this year on the retail side, and some industry trends.

Interview: Dan Davison, Queensbury Cigar & Pipe

Dan is the Sales Manager at Queensbury Cigar & Pipe. His unique experiences in the industry include managing Rhode Island’s oldest tobacconist The Humidor Smoke Shop, to being the Northeast Sales Representative for Kristoff Cigars. He joins us this week to discuss the 2020 Tobacco Business Awards, what’s been hot this year on the retail side, and some industry trends.

 

Stogies of the Week

Joe’s Stogies:
  • DAV Cigars Prima Natural Robusto
  • Arturo Fuente Rosado 8-5-8 (2018)
  • Caldwell Blind Man’s Bluff Maduro
  • La Flor Dominicana La Volcada
Andrew’s Stogies:
  • Drew Estate Undercrown Shady XX Box Press Belicoso
  • Crowned Heads J.D. Howard Reserve HR 50 5 ½ X 50
  • Rocky Patel LB1 OFC Toro 6 ½ x 52
  • Romeo Y Julieta 1875 Bully Robusto 5 X 50
  • Montecristo Media Noche Edmundo 5 X 55

Hosts:

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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