Stogie Geeks #342

Date: October 2, 2020

Show Overview:

This week Drew, Nelson, and Joe Welcome Gregory Willis and Darryl Redmon of Emperors Cut Cigars. Emperors Cut Cigars is excited to announce the launch of its second line of cigars called the Jazz Series. The Jazz Series will offer three sizes: Toro 56 x 6.5, Grand Robusto 52 x 5.5, and a Gordito 58 x 5. The Wrapper is Sumatra Sun Grown (Colorado Maduro) from Ecuador. The Filler consists of two types of Dominican tobacco from the Cibao Valley Region, which is complemented by Nicaraguan and Peruvian leaves. Finally, the Binder consists of tobacco grown in Ecuador. Visit: Emperors Cut Cigars

In the Second Segment, we will have commentary on important Cigar News with Stick Reviews.

Interview: Gregory Willis & Darryl Redmon, Emperors Cut Cigars

Stogies of the Week

Nelson’s Sticks:

EP Carrillo- Pledge
Sobremesa Brulee

Joe’s Sticks:

Oliva V Melanio
Falto Mentor

Drew’s Sticks:

Archetype Pupil


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

Nelson DeMelo | Co-Host

Digital Banking , family guy with a love of the leaf. Covid quarantine has kicked up the Stogie Geek in me during 2020. I’ve been enjoying the “beyond the smoke” stories with each cigar, the industry and fellow Stogie Geeks.

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