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An Interview with Manuel Quesada

Owner, MATASA, makers of Fonseca, Licenciados, Romeo y Julieta, Jose Benito, Cubita, Royal Dominicana, Credo and Casa Blanca cigars.
Marvin R. Shanken
From the Print Edition:
Denzel Washington, Jan/Feb 98

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CA: What is there about the quality of tobacco that made it distinctively better?

Quesada: We had wonderful growing seasons. We had just the right amount of rain. We had the right amount of people taking care of the crops. We had the barn space to hold the crops, we had the warehouses to hold the crops. We had the time to work the crops. But basically the growing conditions were what gave the starting point for the best three crops we have ever had. Which in the situation of the market, it was a blessing. If we had a disaster in any of those years, we would be in dire straits.

CA: On Sunday afternoons, after you've had brunch with your family, and you go out on your deck, which cigar do you smoke?

Quesada: A Fonseca 7-9-9.

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