Interviews

August 16, 2010 Local Flavors #4: Mike's Cigar Room, Conroe, Texas

Although there are many 'seasoned' CW members, there are also those who are fairly new to our wonderful world of cigars and related topics. This installment of Local Flavors provides the opportunity for some great perspective from a man who has been involved with cigars, pipes and tobacco since he fired up his first pipe in college in 1975! He has survived the 'Bust Years' as well as enjoyed the 'Boom Years', and has a unique view on business that may surprise you. Recently, CW Contributing Editor Neil Noffsinger (Roadhawg) sat down with Mike McCoy, owner of Mike’s Cigar Room in Conroe, Texas (a northern suburb of Houston), to fire one up and learn about the history and current success of a true cigar B&M entrepreneur. Read more...
October 15, 2009 Local Flavor #3: Elite Cigars

Those of you who spend a lot of time on the road, either as professional drivers, business travelers or vacationers may have noticed the "Elite Cigars" signs outside of various SunMart Travel Centers throughout Texas, Arizona and Wyoming. If you have wondered whether or not you can really purchase quality cigars, or if this is just a marketing gimmick, you will find this article interesting. Recently, CW Contributing Editor Neil Noffsinger (Roadhawg) sat down with Jim Kaden, Director of Operations for Petroleum Wholesale, to share a smoke and find out about the unique positioning and business strategy employed by Elite Cigars. Read more...
August 03, 2009 An Interview With Jonathan Drew

Cigar Weekly Contributing Editor Richard McRae (mealstrom) chats with Jonathan Drew, founder of the Drew Estate Cigar Company. Mr. Drew shares the history behind his many lines of premium cigars as well as his thoughts on trends in the cigar business. Read more...
May 11, 2009 Local Flavor #2: Serious Cigars Houston, Texas

Cigar Weekly Contributng Editor Neil Noffsinger sits down with Ron Lesseraux, owner of Serious Cigars and the Cellar 17 wine shop in Houston, Texas, for a discussion about trends in the cigar business. Read more...
January 30, 2009 Cigar Weekly Interview with Ernesto Perez-Carillo

It was recently announced that Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, maker of La Gloria Cubana and others, is leaving General Cigars on March 15th. In departing, Perez-Carrillo will be going out on his own to start a new venture with his children. The famed cigar maker talked with Frank Seltzer (Mowee) about his departure from Swedish Match "General's parent company" and his plans for the future. Read more...
August 06, 2008 Cigar Weekly Interview with Murray SawChuck

Cue Heart."He's a magic maaaaaaaaaaaaaan... he's a magic man, Mama." When I used to watch cable network VH1, I'd just as likely come across the video of "Magic Man" from Ann and Nancy Wilson's Heart as I would any slightly more sophisticated or eclectic offerings ranging from Pat Metheney, Chris Isaak, Al Argenti's favorite Indigo Girls or Edie Brickell and New Bohmeians to Fine Young Cannibals, 1970s left over Poco (trying to make a new start), .38 Special, Don Henley... well you get the idea. Eclectic mix about sums it up. Meet Celebra Cadabra, VH1's show where various personalities shadow accomplished magicians to try and learn the art and craft of magic in order to be able to put on at least one act of their own. Say hello to Murray SawChuck. One of Murray's many quality traits is that he's one of us - that's right, a 'Brother of the Leaf' (BOTL). I mentioned I was skeptical, right? Read more...
July 29, 2005 Cigar Weekly Interview with Don Benigno

Don Benigno learned the art of hand rolling cigars as a child with his father and uncles. His grandfather, who was born in 1871, opened a small tobacco shop at the age of 29 and produced a cigar caled CENIZA. Living in a time of world crisis, all of his children, including 14 sons, spent their days going to school then working at the shop. By the age of ten they were all proficient in the art of hand rolling cigars. Read more...
May 01, 2005 Cigar Weekly Interview with Luis Sanchez, craftsman

Luis Sanchez began selling La Tradicion Cubana cigars in 1995. Sanchez' family has been involved in the cigar business since 1928 in the Pinar del Rio province in Cuba. Sanchez adheres to the tradional Cuban cigar making techniques and is committed to producing quality cigars at an affordable price. Made in the heart of Little Havana, the cigars are made with a blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos with a Honduran binder and an Ecuadorian wrapper.The maduro version features a Mexican wrapper. Read more...
September 02, 2003 Cigar Weekly Interview with Charlie Torano

Charlie Toraño is the President of Toraño Cigars. CigarWeekly.Com sat down with him for a few minutes of candor about his family business and the industry in general Read more...
July 01, 2003 Cigar Weekly Interview with Tony Borhani of Bahia Cigars

Tony Borhani began making cigars in 1994 because he had a passion for the art and the product. He has made an impact on the industry and speaks his mind. CigarWeekly.com caught up with him for an interview just before he left for the Retail Tobacco Dealers Association (RTDA) Annual Trade Show in Nashville, TN. Read more...