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A Conversation with Alan Rubin

The founder of the Alec Bradley Cigar Co. talks about the reversal of fortune that put his smokes near the top.
David Savona
From the Print Edition:
Matthew McConaughey, March/April 2011

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Q: What do you want from this company?
A: I want to look back 20 years from now and know that the company has the same philosophy that we have today—giving the cigar smoker an unforgettable experience. So people will say, "They lasted because their quality was everything they said it was going to be." When you have an hour to smoke a cigar, that should be the best hour of your day. We want to be part of your best hour of the day. And there's a big responsibility there.


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Comments   6 comment(s)

stantine972 May 2, 2011 9:19pm ET

I love those Alec Bradley's


Chris A May 2, 2011 11:00pm ET

surely miss the Trilogy triangle press


Matt Turner — Prince George, British Columbia, Canada,  —  May 15, 2011 7:55pm ET

Good interview. Makes me wish I could talk to Alan and let him know his company makes mostly great cigars, (particularly the family blend) but has terrible customer service. I run a well established cigar - review website and have attempted to contact Alec Bradley several times regarding their products. Sadly, I've never received a single response. Goes to show success and service don't always marry up.


Robert Martin — Flushing, New York, Queens,  —  September 30, 2011 5:46pm ET

you can never go wrong with a Alec Bradley cigar!!!


matt@cigaropolis.com November 10, 2011 10:17pm ET

So a slightly belated amendment is needed here. Be it through luck, or the magic of the Cigar Aficionado website, shortly after my last comment I was contacted by George Sosa from Alec Bradley. Not only did I receive an apology for the troubles I'd had contacting someone, but George provided outstanding service, answered all my questions, and ultimately helped me find the product I was looking for. Hats off to George and the rest of the team at Alec Bradley!


Christopher Hosford December 29, 2011 6:16pm ET

It's 12/19/11, and I'm vacationing in St. Augustine, Fla. I visited St. Jorge tobacco shop -- nice lady behind the counter along with her dog, Missy -- and naturally, my favorite cigar, Paul Garmirian, wasn't being carried so I bought 5 different ones -- some known, some unknown -- to do a taste test during my vacation. The sole AB was the company's "American" Classic Blend, which I don't see referenced in this story. Anyway, I rated it close to the PG ... a mild, natural smoke and at $5 a terrific smoke at a good price. It's a little loosely packed and thus burns a bit quickly, but evenly. I'll definitely buy more ABs in the future when I return home to the Bronx, NY.


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