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2012 Big Smoke Saturday Seminars—Industry Veterans
Posted: November 14, 2012
What do cigar enthusiasts and newbies alike do when they are privy to a conversation among tobacco men with more than a combined century's worth of cigar experience? They listen intently, if they are smart.
After Dion Giolito of Illusione educated the crowd on his Epernay Le Taureau, Cigar Aficionado's No. 3 cigar of the year, it was time for what was perhaps the weekend's most anticipated cigar seminar-Industry Veterans.
Additionally, the stage was set up to resemble a typical smoking lounge, replete with standing ashtrays and plush, leather chairs. With executive editor Gordon Mott and senior editor David Savona moderating, the seminar essentially conveyed the feeling of being a fly on the wall. Where else but the Big Smoke could this happen?
Throughout the conversation, the tobacco men offered anecdotes on such topics as the trials and tribulations of making cigars in Tampa, Miami and the Dominican Republic, the secrets of blending tobacco and how family is so important in their business.
Fuente started off the seminar by talking about what drove him to grow tobacco in the Dominican Republic.
When Perez-Carrillo was asked what was his secret to creating great tobacco, he offered a rather spiritual explanation. "No secret, just love. One really has to dedicate the time and learn as much as you can about tobacco. This may sound weird but the tobacco has to say something to me, to my heart."
Perez-Carrillo continued by explaining that he looked at a cigar as a living organism, a sentiment the other panelists nodded with in agreement.
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Armando Padron — Tampa, Florida, USA, — November 14, 2012 10:40pm ET
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