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Stogie Commentary: Every Cigar Has a Story

28 Aug 2007

Sometimes you just need to see something to appreciate it. In this YouTube video we visit the Tabacalera Cubana Factory of Don “Pepin” Garcia in Esteli, Nicaragua, whose smokes have taken the premium cigar world by storm:

The speed and ease with which Pepin rolls cigars is most impressive. You also see the dozens of people who are involved in the process of making handmade cigars. They might not all have their name on the band, but it is their hard work and skill that create your cigar.

So the next time you’re enjoying a fantastic smoke (particularly a Pepin-made cigar like the Tatuaje or Pepin’s namesake line) be sure to appreciate the hard work and skill that went into creating your tobacco treat.

Patrick S

Tags: cigars

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9 Responses to “Stogie Commentary: Every Cigar Has a Story”

  1. Sam Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at 6:25 am #

    Excellent video- I didn't realize how much truly goes into making a cigar.

  2. Benjy Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at 6:41 am #

    Looks like there's more than "dozens" involved in the process of making a single cigar. 🙂 Probably more like hundreds.

    Remember the other Patrick's commentary on globalization?

    http://www.stogieguys.com…cigars-globalization-…

  3. Matt Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at 10:41 am #

    Great video. Thanks for finding it and sharing. I am a huge fan of his cigars. His smokes dominate my rotation right now. Just an aside, I think the Esteli factory is called Tabacalera Cubana. The Miami factory is El Rey de los Habanos. Not 100% sure but i think that's right.

  4. Eric D. Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at 1:26 pm #

    Thanks for sharing that video- absolutely beautiful! This is truly an art form. After watching this I opened my humidor and took out a Don Pepin I had on hand and gazed over it admiring the attention to detail that went into making just one cigar. This is what sets cigars in that special place we hold them!

  5. Patrick S Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at 3:52 pm #

    Matt-
    That’s correct (and I corrected it in the article). I’ve seen the Esteli factory referred to as Pepin’s Nicuraguan El Rey de los Habanos Factory but the actual name is Tabacalera Cubana.

  6. Matt Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at 3:56 pm #

    Great video. Thanks for posting. Have a whole new appreciation for the Pepin brand, as well as all hand made premium cigars.

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