Stogie Geeks #331
Date: June 5, 2020
This week Drew and Joe, interview Steve Saka Founder of Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust!
Interview: Steve Saka, Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust
Steve’s path toward cigar stardom began not a century ago in Cuba, but in the 1980s—and that path was one he forged on his own. In 2000, Steve was brought on as an executive consultant for JR Cigar—the world’s largest cigar store. Steve immediately used his Internet savvy to make his wealth of cigar information accessible to everyone by implementing online communities. Years later, Steve was again approached with a job, this time on the manufacturing side. Steve held the position of president at La Gran Fabrica de Drew Estate. In 2015, when Steve made his return to the industry in remarkable fashion by announcing the formation of his own company, Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust. His initial release, the Sobremesa. Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust
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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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