Stogie Geeks #326

Date: April 17, 2020

Show Overview:

This week, Drew and Joe, interview Mike Bellody, Founder of MLB Cigar Ventures! In the Stogie of the Week segment, Joe and Drew discuss the Plasencia Reserva Original Cortez 5 ¾ x 56!

Interview: Mike Bellody, MLB Cigar Ventures

Mike believes the premium, hand-rolled cigar industry is one of the very few remaining industries that has stayed true to the original time-tested techniques used since the first cigar was rolled almost 300 years ago. The history, craftsmanship and quality associated with making truly great cigars remain largely unchanged through generations. The cigar lifestyle is filled with these traditions. His cigars will always pay homage to this deeply entrenched tradition and history. Quality will NEVER be in question when you smoke a cigar made under his supervision his cigars will always be “Developed by Legends” MLB Cigar Ventures

Stogies of the Week

Joe and Drew go over the sticks they’ve had over the past week, including the “Stogie of the Week”: Plasencia Reserva Original Cortez 5 ¾ x 56

Drew’s Sticks:
New World Puro Especial by AJ Fernandez 7 X 52
Mi Querida Triqui Traca


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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