Stogie Geeks #319

Date: January 24, 2020

Show Overview:

This week Drew and Joe interview Nestor Andrés Plasencia, known as the largest grower of tobacco in the world with more than 6000 employees, and 8 plantations. He and his family also produce 40 million cigars in 4 factories in Nicaragua and Honduras, among them their own brands Plasencia Cosecha 146, Plasencia Reserva, Alma del Campo, Alma Fuerte, and Alma del Fuego.

Stick of the Week

  • The Plasencia – Reserva Original (4 3/4 x 52) 

Nestor Andrés Plasencia:

Plasencia Cigars is one of the biggest Tobacco Growers and Cigar Manufacturers in the world. Growing more than 2,000 Hs of tobacco of the highest quality and producing up to 30,000,000 cigars a year. Plasencias have grown tobacco for decades, first in Cuba and today in Central America. Nestor Andrés and his father run Plasencia Tobacco S.A., which grows more than 3,000 acres of tobacco in Nicaragua and Honduras, both sun and shade, and Plasencia Cigars S.A., a company that rolls more than 35 million cigars by hand per year. Since 1865, they have been finessing the art of tobacco growth and craftsmanship. It’s not just our passion. It’s our razón de ser.

Stogies of the Week

Joe’s Cigars:

Stick of the Week: Plasencia Alma del Campo Travesia 6.5×54 – Toro Extra
  1. Stick of the Week! – The Plasencia – Reserva Original (4 3/4 x 52) 
  2. E.P. Carrillo Edicion Limitada 2013
  3. Warped Corto X46

Drew’s Cigars:

  1. Alec Bradley Fine & Rare HOF/506 – 6 ¼” X 54 – Boxed Press Gran Toro
  2. Asylum 13  5 x 50
  3. Gurka Ghost Phantom Gordo 5 X 58
  4. Criollo ’98


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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