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An Interview with Christian Eiroa

The man behind Camacho, La Fontana and Baccarat cigars from Honduras.
David Savona
From the Print Edition:
Emeril Lagasse, Sept/Oct 2005

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A: That road from Tegucigalpa to Danlí was a dirt road before. So it was a four-hour drive, but a 15-minute flight. So it made sense to fly. And you would fly more than you would drive at that time. Fuel was about five bucks a gallon. And just like you have a car, you don't check the oil. He had water in the fuel and he took off and the plane crashed. The engine shut off as it was taking off.

Q: So he was taking off from Tegucigalpa Airport?

A: It was an area where there weren't that many openings, a lot of trees. I was five. I remember listening to it on the radio.

Q: And what happened after the crash?

A: We moved to Tampa. He bought Perfecto Garcia in Tampa. We were there for a few years, and in '83, '84 we moved to Honduras again. In '87, I came back to the United States. I went to military school, Riverside Military Academy.

Q: Where is that?

A: Gainesville, Georgia.

Q: That's probably pretty tough.

A: Yeah, it was terrible. It was a good time, but I hated the place.

Q: Now what made you end up there? Were you a wild kid?

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