Stogie Geeks #318

Date: January 17, 2020

Show Overview:

This week Drew and Joe talk about Principal component analysis (PCA). No Wait PCA has been the topic of the week and listeners have been asking our thoughts, letters are flying around and its Time to talk about it
….Brace Yourself!

The Stogie of the week

– The 2019 Cigar Aficionado Ranked Plasencia – Alma del Fuego-Flama (6 1/2 x 38)

Topic: Principal component analysis (PCA)


Stogies of the Week

Joe’s Cigars:

Stick of the Week: Plasencia Alma del Campo Travesia 6.5×54 – Toro Extra
  1. 2019 Cigar Aficionado Ranked Plasencia – Alma del Fuego-Flama (6 1/2 x 38) – Stick of the Week!
  2. Warped Serie Gran Reserva 1988 Robusto

Drew’s Cigars:

  1. Total Flame  M-72, a 7 1/4 x 57 Salomon
  2. Espinosa Habano No. 4  5 x 52


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.
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