Stogie Geeks #343

Date: October 9, 2020

Show Overview:

This week, Nelson, and Joe Welcome Raul Flores | Marketing Director for C.L.E. Cigar Company. Raul has an update on C.L.E. Cigar Company. Brands Include Asylum, EIROA, Wynwood Hills, and C.L.E. Cigars. Visit them at C.L.E. Cigars
In the Second Segment, we will have commentary on Cigar News with Stick Reviews.

Interview: Raul Flores, C.L.E. Cigar Company

Raul Flores | Marketing Director
Raul Flores is the Marketing Director for C.L.E. Cigar Company.
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Stogies of the Week

Nelson’s Sticks:

The AVO Regional North Edition – 6 5/8 x 50
Crazy Alice by Deadwood Tobacco Company

Joe’s Sticks:

Ortega Serie ‘D’ Exclusivo
Tatuaje Black Petite Lancero


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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