Stogie Geeks #314

Date: November 22, 2019

Show Overview:

Drew and Joe Interview Epic Cigars owner and Founder, Dean Parsons. Dean began traveling to the Dominican Republic in 2005 after several years Dean founded Epic Cigars in 2010. Working closely with master blender, Rolando Antonio Villamil for more than 10 years, Parsons, now a permanent resident of the Dominican Republic continues to learn, grow and expand his knowledge of tobacco and premium cigar industry. Epic Cigars are currently available at fine retailers in the USA, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, and Switzerland.

Interview: Dean Parsons, Epic Cigars


Epic Cigars owner and Founder, Dean Parsons began traveling to the Dominican Republic in 2005 while living and working in Real Estate in the Turks & Caicos Islands. After several years and many trips to the Dominican Republic, Parsons, founded and trademarked Epic Cigars in 2010.



Interview: Storm Boen, Cigars for Warriors

Cigars for Warriors has released a press release regarding the impact of the FDAs regulation on premium cigars and how it will affect cigar manufacturer’s ability to donate cigars to the brave men and women serving our country in the military. It describes the potential outcome if this regulation stands as is, and the steps being taken to ensure that our charity and others who give cigars to our troops continue to be able to do so.








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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