Box Press

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There is a story inside every smoke shop, with every cigar and with every person. Come be a part of the cigar lifestyle at Boveda. This is Box Press.

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He’s been a coach, a teacher, a vice principal, a financial advisor and a Jersey Shore cigar shop owner. So with a doctoral diploma on the wall, why is Steve Zengel running a cigar company for a living? Um, because it’s awesome. Hear the whole twisty-turny origin of Los Caidos from its founder who sat down with Boveda’s Rob Gagner at 2021 PCA in Las Vegas. And learn how neither sleet, nor rain, nor gloom of night stopped Steve’s motorcycle ride across the U.S. for the Life of a Ride Time, a non-profit organization for fallen first responders. (And why Steve will stick to regional rides from now on!) For Steve, a cigar is more than just a smoke, it’s a connection to a fallen friend who was a financial advisor and victim of the terrorist attack at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Los Caidos translates to the fallen.  Currently, $1 from every Los Caidos cigar sold goes to support family members of first responders. Cigar smokers can choose either Los Caidos Blue for a fallen police officer or Los Caidos Red for a fallen firefighter. The Nicaraguan cigars are crafted at Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. (TABSA), which was chosen factory of the year twice by cigar blog, halfwheel. Los Caidos protects its premium cigars by packaging with Boveda. You can protect your cigars just like cigars makers. Preserve your passion with Boveda, makers of 2-way humidity control for cigars, easy seasoning for wood humidors, humidor bags and one-step hygrometer calibration kits. Shop Boveda for cigars here: https://store.bovedainc.com/collections/boveda-for-tobacco (https://store.bovedainc.com/collections/boveda-for-tobacco) For more information about upcoming rides, visit: https://lifeofaridetime.org/ Check Out More of Boveda Cigar Exclusives: Why Are Cigars So Popular Among Active Military? https://youtu.be/esSPKWYZIJI (https://youtu.be/esSPKWYZIJI) The Best Cigar Brands Don’t Follow Trends (feat. Drew Estate)  https://youtu.be/Tplzkx6DZ2o (https://youtu.be/Tplzkx6DZ2o) Does The Cigar Binder Affect Taste? (Feat. Luxury Cigar Club)  https://youtu.be/xvDzAoqjynU?t=87 (https://youtu.be/xvDzAoqjynU?t=87)

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Nov 26

1 hr 8 min

When you share a cigar, you open up to each other. It’s no different for Raquel Quesada who  grew up in a cigar dynasty. She revealed some never-told stories to Boveda’s Rob Gagner over Quesada 1974 cigars at 2021 PCA in Las Vegas.  Raquel talked openly about childhood hijinks; the least favorite training rotation of cigar operations; secret grows on the Quesada tobacco farm; and blending swaps she pulled on her dad, Manuel "Manolo" Quesada. As president and owner of the family-owned cigar factory, Manolo raised two strong daughters to succeed in the C-suite boy’s club of premium cigars.  Highlights of the cigar conversation with Quesada include:  Shaking her booty to Dance VXN (1:07) Tweaking tobacco blends in dad’s cigar recipe (13:52) Coloring a box of cigars for consistency (16:07) Making your mark to get what you paid for (18:47) Studying and working at a tobacco shop in Boston—a tropical girl in the snow (21:20) Playing well with competitors strengthens the Dominican cigar industry (27:41) Jamming in a band with Nirka Reyes, Abe Flores, Litto Gomez and “Henke” Kelner (30:21) Being kids on a tobacco farm—Quesada exclusive (31:44) Putting the Quesada name on a cigar for the first time with the Quesada 35th anniversary blend (38:16) Hatching crazy ideas to expand the cigar brand—origin story of the of Quesada Oktoberfest (41:51) How Raquel Quesada is similar to Manolo Quesada (46:44) How Raquel Quesada is different than her dad (47:47) Growing wrapper for an upcoming cigar release—Quesada exclusive (1:00:15)    Quesada Cigars protects its premium cigars by packaging with Boveda. You can protect your cigars just like cigars makers. Preserve your passion with Boveda, makers of 2-way humidity control for cigars, easy seasoning for wood humidors, humidor bags and one-step hygrometer calibration kits. Shop Boveda for cigars here: https://store.bovedainc.com/collections/boveda-for-tobacco (https://store.bovedainc.com/collections/boveda-for-tobacco) Quesada Cigars is a family-owned Dominican cigar operation. Its best known brands are Quesada, Casa Magna, Heisenberg and Fonseca cigars. Learn more about Quesada Cigars http://quesadacigars.com/ (http://quesadacigars.com/) Check Out More of Boveda Cigar Exclusives: For My Humidor | Manuel Quesada (patriarch of Quesada Cigars) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JR8Gkx47YQQ&t=10s How Ferio Tego Cigars are Like Your Favorite Song (Feat. Michael Herklots) | Box Press Ep. 49 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYX2VJeHTjI (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYX2VJeHTjI) How to set up a new wood humidor with the Boveda Humidor Starter Kit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sub3mPJo1Tg&t=1s

Nov 12

1 hr 3 min

Tunneling. Band burning. Puffing too soon. Puffing too late. One by one, a cigar smoking err takes them down. See who’ll represent the U.S. at the world event of the Cigar Smoking World Championship (CSWC). Will it be a BOTL or SOTL? Coined the Slowest Race on Earth, this international competition is all about “slow smoking” cigars. Pick up smoking strategies as Box Press Podcast Host Rob Gagner talks to cigar smoking competitors at BURN by Rocky Patel in Pittsburgh, PA. In 2021, 13 qualifying rounds were held at smoke clubs and lounges across the U.S. There were qualifying events in more than 30 countries. The winner from each country attended the grand finale in Split, Croatia, in September 2021. A well-humified cigar burns more slowly and evenly. Extend your own smoking experience by storing cigars in your humidor with Boveda, a global partner of CSWC. Boveda, is the maker of https://store.bovedainc.com/collections/boveda-for-tobacco (2-way humidity control for cigars), https://store.bovedainc.com/collections/boveda-for-tobacco (easy seasoning for wood humidors), https://store.bovedainc.com/collections/tobacco-accessories/products/tobacco-humidor-bags (humidor bags) and https://store.bovedainc.com/collections/tobacco-accessories/products/hygrometer-calibration (one-step hygrometer calibration kits). Shop for Boveda https://store.bovedainc.com/collections/boveda-for-tobacco (here). Who Moves On? Cigar Smoking World Championship 2021 U.S. Semifinals | Box Press Ep.48 https://youtu.be/pTo7A_XIw8Q (https://youtu.be/pTo7A_XIw8Q) Slow and Low—Cigar Smoking World Championships Watch BOTL Versus SOTL, Rob Gagner Competes Against Ben Wills  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPYyQsJ8yOc (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPYyQsJ8yOc) Do YOU Have What It Takes To Be A Cigar Smoking World Champion?!  Find out how to compete in CSWC from Founder and CEO Marko Bilic and Boveda’s Benny Patock  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FB4sB84MUrU&t=2s Learn more about https://www.cswcnews.com/ (CSWC here.)

Oct 29

15 min 43 sec

Ferio Tego is like a greatest hits album for cigar lovers. All your favorites, less of the “something new we’re working on and we hope you like it” smokes. Learn why there’s room in your humidor for oldies-but-goodies and hot-new-hits. Ferio Tego’s Herklots joined Boveda’s Rob Gagner at 2021 PCA in Las Vegas for this episode of Box Press, the cigar lifestyle podcast. Metropolitan and Timeless cigars are alive today because of Herklots and his business partner Brendon Scott. When the now-defunct Nat Sherman International closed, the two former employees started a cigar company with saved legacy brands and cigar accessories and two new blends, Elegancia and Generoso. Highlights of the cigar conversation with Herklots include: 6:00 Getting a job at a tobacco shop to pay for his cigar hobby 8:01 Succeeding at work is doing more than your job 13:30 Wearing a guayabera and Panama hat while standing in the middle of a tobacco field smelling green leaves is not him 15:50 Comparing wine to cigars 19.50 Learning how to blend a cigar 22:28 Blending the Quesada 35th 25:31 Smoking unfermented tobacco in a cigar 47:29 Growing popularity of “meme” cigars 1:01:13 Listening to a favorite song is like smoking a legacy cigar You can protect your cigars just like cigars makers. Preserve your passion with Boveda, makers of 2-way humidity control for cigars, easy seasoning for wood humidors, humidor bags and one-step hygrometer calibration kits. Shop Boveda for cigars here: https://store.bovedainc.com/collections/boveda-for-tobacco Learn more about Ferio Tego Cigars at https://www.feriotego.com/ How to Properly Cut a Cigar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2tim4FS2VA&t=229s A conversation with the son of Davidoff's Master Blender (feat. Klaas Kelner) | Box Press Ep. 18 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m35N6fV_6Vg&t=3s For My Humidor | Manuel Quesada (patriarch of Quesada Cigars) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JR8Gkx47YQQ&t=10s

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Oct 18

1 hr 4 min

How long can you make a cigar last? Watch cigar smokers go head to head in the U.S. Semifinals of the Cigar Smoking World Championship (CSWC). Coined the Slowest Race on Earth, this international competition is all about “slow smoking” cigars. Contenders talk smoking strategies with Box Press Podcast Host Rob Gagner at Club Leaf & Bean, a private cigar club just south of Pittsburgh, PA. In 2021, 13 qualifying rounds were held at smoke clubs and lounges across the U.S. There were qualifying events in more than 30 countries. The winner from each country attended the grand finale in Split, Croatia, in September 2021. A well-humidified cigar burns more slowly and evenly. Extend your own smoking experience by storing cigars in your humidor with Boveda, a global partner of CSWC. Boveda is the maker of https://store.bovedainc.com/collections/boveda-for-tobacco (2-way humidity control for cigars), https://store.bovedainc.com/collections/boveda-for-tobacco (easy seasoning for wood humidors), https://store.bovedainc.com/collections/tobacco-accessories/products/tobacco-humidor-bags (humidor bags) and https://store.bovedainc.com/collections/tobacco-accessories/products/hygrometer-calibration (one-step hygrometer calibration kits). Shop for Boveda https://store.bovedainc.com/collections/boveda-for-tobacco (here). Slow and Low—Cigar Smoking World Championships Watch BOTL Versus SOTL, Rob Gagner Competes Against Ben Wills  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPYyQsJ8yOc (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPYyQsJ8yOc) Do YOU Have What It Takes To Be A Cigar Smoking World Champion?!  Find out how to compete in CSWC from Founder and CEO Marko Bilic and Boveda’s Benny Patock  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FB4sB84MUrU&t=2s Learn more about https://www.cswcnews.com/ (CSWC here.)

Oct 1

10 min 16 sec

Did you know that cigars, a lot of cigars, were once made in the U.S.? Learn your U.S. history of cigars in America’s West in this Box Press episode with Big Sky Cigar Company and Boveda’s Rob Gagner at 2021 Tobacco Plus Expo in Las Vegas. Jess Coleman and Brandon Marsh rejuvenated the Montana boutique cigar scene building on the state’s rich cigar heritage. Did you know that in the early 1900s, Montana was home to over 107 cigar factories? Today’s Big Sky Cigars are designed locally and created with the highest quality Nicaraguan tobaccos. This cigar podcast digs into: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEBjL44vXF0&t=126s (2:06) Big Sky Cigar’s Yellowstone River Box which was featured in Fly Fishermen Magazine’s 2021 Father's Day Gift Guide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEBjL44vXF0&t=350s (5:50) Montana’s little-known but rich cigar history https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEBjL44vXF0&t=588s (9:48) Antiquing for cigar boxes and cigar tokens like American Pickers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEBjL44vXF0&t=784s (13:04) How to learn more about cigars in Little Haven https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEBjL44vXF0&t=959s (15:59) Reworking a tobacco blend based on customer input—the Bighorn 2.0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEBjL44vXF0&t=1823s (30:23) Why a dark wrapper doesn’t mean it’s a strong cigar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEBjL44vXF0&t=1848s (30:48) How to cut a torpedo cigar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEBjL44vXF0&t=2108s (35:08) Legacy cigars versus boutique cigars Big Sky protects the cigars it ships to smokers with Boveda to preserve the sugars and oils of the tobacco. You can protect your cigars just like cigars makers, too. Preserve your passion with Boveda, makers of 2-way humidity control for cigars, easy seasoning for wood humidors, humidor bags and one-step hygrometer calibration kits. Instagram: https://www.youtube.com/redirect?event=video_description&redir_token=QUFFLUhqbEExckNra0hUZFNsaE9BQkduZHFQTkxoVHh2UXxBQ3Jtc0tsaGJHMjFzSmN2YjZEMWsyVXZRamN2UlF4UUdRY25XMFNzQ1BIdkFYRTFCemc1VnlJeHVEWVlzdm1uU3F2TWEtcHMxSDYwbXNwbzJZNzEwREk4Z2hYZkVFbGVnOFBsYkl1RmtFUmhKbnRkQXA1Z05mQQ&q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.instagram.com%2Fbovedainc%2F (https://www.instagram.com/bovedainc/) Facebook: https://www.youtube.com/redirect?event=video_description&redir_token=QUFFLUhqbDdVeDlKNFBkbjBvU2d1c0ZiVDNhMFVzbFRRQXxBQ3Jtc0tueDUwSlo5TUlaZU1LbG5mVlJGcG5LQ1dpc1YzbjlnX01jWC1nMDlvWFRTU1hQenhkd3hGcER4cV94TEhlSGRyYWUxamFOamo4VkhZNkVldjdPb2doQlVINU5KOHFRRzZDX3RjM0owOTJya283a1Y4MA&q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fbovedausa%2F (https://www.facebook.com/bovedausa/) Twitter: https://www.youtube.com/redirect?event=video_description&redir_token=QUFFLUhqbFhpajdLWGVjQ1dtc3FPZWkwSUpNU19kNkdmQXxBQ3Jtc0trTXVYZWQ3ME5FTm1WYTg0WU5fOW45Z3BFM29EdVRmMUdBM2NfM3Bla29remwxUGhaY0lLdl84eEh5aU5nc0cxS1EtZkN3Y1F1blZTZzZmRU9rRVJKdW5seDBPLXhnNzY1cTB6UUhZbW5xWmpnMFAyaw&q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.twitter.com%2Fbovedainc (https://www.twitter.com/bovedainc) https://www.youtube.com/hashtag/boxpress (#BoxPress) https://www.youtube.com/hashtag/cigars (#Cigars) https://www.youtube.com/hashtag/bigskycigars (#BigskyCigars) https://www.youtube.com/redirect?event=video_description&redir_token=QUFFLUhqbDB6d3d1TXM2ZjVBLXF3V3gxUXlCNVlNUkpTZ3xBQ3Jtc0tsX1M0aHBmY0huV3FfNGVUN2pIdnhxdlhfZEVBT0Zubk92dnJWWVdaUFJ5R1k5Qnh4WXVxT2hOTnlwU3pYcXFyMUkzX1NPV2tCZHV1bWR2SmlvUTlfYkFDTkFxVWVNbTZHZWZWQ1ZOZzZXRFI3QnNTaw&q=https%3A%2F%2Fstore.bovedainc.com%2Fcollections%2Fboveda-for-tobacco (https://store.bovedainc.com/collectio...) Learn more about Big Sky’s cigar lines at https://www.youtube.com/redirect?event=video_description&redir_token=QUFFLUhqbmhkYUJRWmRLS3pLbHNjclZBU1RXaVhuUllvUXxBQ3Jtc0trRTVwOUY2aWZYeTBvOFNEMkVaMndtOUtESTJHZ2UzeGFaQmZtb01fcmxkcDRFR0xnbjNFMzZLNlRISVBlSC1fQlNRTjdVcGNwSUF1MnZnZHN0cktYRjVtVWt4OHVRUkM1cDNhOHFrLXJJVTNaX1FtUQ&q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bigskycigar.com%2Fcigars...

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Sep 17

40 min 32 sec

Prep yourself: Your mouth will water during this Box Press episode with Jake Wyatt Cigars and https://bovedainc.com/tobacco/ (Boveda’s) Rob Gagner at 2021 Tobacco Plus Expo in Las Vegas. The company’s gourmet cigar lines are artisanal tobacco blends, say Jake Wyatt founders, Neil Garcia and Gerard Abajian.  Friends Neil and Gerard launched Jake Wyatt in 2020. Named after their two sons, the boutique cigar brand offers five gourmet lines of cigar blends you won’t find anywhere else. Looking for a new cigar to linger on your palate? Nab a Jake Wyatt sample box at your brick-and mortar cigar shop.  This cigar podcast delves into the men behind the business and includes: Where’s a good steak place in SoCal where you can smoke cigars? (12:22) How Neil Garcia transitioned from playing pro baseball to launching a cigar business. (13:01) How to stay friends with your business partner. (16:34) What’s a gourmet cigar? (25:00) Is your cigar palate consistent or varied? (25:34) Why 22 cigars in Jake Wyatt boxes? (39:35) How do you know when to pass on a business venture? (58:00) Why Box Press is one of the best cigar podcasts (1:02:00) Jake Wyatt Cigars are protected with Boveda to preserve the sugars and oils of the gourmet cigars. You can protect your cigars just like cigars makers, too. Preserve your passion with Boveda, makers of https://store.bovedainc.com/collections/boveda-for-tobacco (2-way humidity control for cigars), https://store.bovedainc.com/collections/boveda-for-tobacco (easy seasoning for wood humidors), https://store.bovedainc.com/collections/tobacco-accessories/products/tobacco-humidor-bags (humidor bags) and https://store.bovedainc.com/collections/tobacco-accessories/products/hygrometer-calibration (one-step hygrometer calibration kits).  [BRUCE, insert other hashtags/link and include:] https://store.bovedainc.com/collections/boveda-for-tobacco (https://store.bovedainc.com/collections/boveda-for-tobacco) Learn more about the Jake Wyatt Cigar Light and Cutter Set featured in this episode: https://jakewyattcigars.com/jake-wyatt-lighter-and-cutter-set/ (https://jakewyattcigars.com/jake-wyatt-lighter-and-cutter-set/) Jake Wyatt Cigar Lines: https://jakewyattcigars.com/ (https://jakewyattcigars.com/) https://jakewyattcigars.com/cigars/appendix-ii/ (https://jakewyattcigars.com/cigars/appendix-ii/) https://jakewyattcigars.com/cigars/fourth-dimension/ (https://jakewyattcigars.com/cigars/fourth-dimension/) https://jakewyattcigars.com/cigars/herbert-spencer/ (https://jakewyattcigars.com/cigars/herbert-spencer/) https://jakewyattcigars.com/cigars/lucid-interval/ (https://jakewyattcigars.com/cigars/lucid-interval/) https://jakewyattcigars.com/cigars/u-s-i-r/ (https://jakewyattcigars.com/cigars/u-s-i-r/) https://jakewyattcigars.com/cigars/s-e-2019/ (https://jakewyattcigars.com/cigars/s-e-2019/) https://jakewyattcigars.com/cigars/lithium/ (https://jakewyattcigars.com/cigars/lithium/) https://tobaccoplusexpo.com/ (https://tobaccoplusexpo.com/)

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Sep 3

1 hr 6 min

Shop for that first cigar with confidence. Cigar smoking friend or tobacconist suggesting a Connecticut wrapper? Learn what to ask for instead from Blackbird Cigar Company’s Jonas Santana. This rapper turned cigar maker joined https://bovedainc.com/tobacco/ (Boveda’s) Rob Gagner cigar podcast at 2021 Tobacco Plus Expo in Las Vegas. Find out why a Blackbird is the hot new cigar you gotta try. This new boutique cigar brand is the next wave of cigars born from those not born into a cigar empire.  A cigar talk where you’ll learn: What’s with these cigars named after birds in brightly colored cigar boxes (Crow, Finch, Cuco, etc.) How to smoke Blackbird cigars in the right order (Perfect advice for a three-cigar-a-day smoker looking for progressive blends.)  What famous cigar smoker to share a cigar with. How to sharpen your skills beyond college, smart from someone who designed https://blackbirdcigar.com/product/cant-clip-my-wings-hat-black-blue/ (Can’t Clip My Wings) cigar swag. Jonas protects Blackbird Cigars with Boveda to preserve the sugars and oils of his boutique cigars. You can protect your cigars just like cigars makers, too. Preserve your passion with Boveda, makers of https://store.bovedainc.com/collections/boveda-for-tobacco (2-way humidity control for cigars), https://store.bovedainc.com/collections/boveda-for-tobacco (easy seasoning for wood humidors), https://store.bovedainc.com/collections/tobacco-accessories/products/tobacco-humidor-bags (humidor bags) and https://store.bovedainc.com/collections/tobacco-accessories/products/hygrometer-calibration (one-step hygrometer calibration kits).

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Aug 20

1 hr 28 min

Sticks and sticks! Listen how to improve your golf game from the founder of Carolina Blue Cigars. It’s all course management and ball placement, explains Chris Moore to https://bovedainc.com/box-press-podcast/ (Box Press) Host Rob Gagner of https://bovedainc.com/tobacco/ (Boveda) at the 2021 Tobacco Plus Expo in Las Vegas.  Along with golf tips, learn: How not to kill your palate smoking cigars How to kill tobacco beetles without ruining your cigars How to spot a fake Cuban How Chris launched his North Carolina cigar company Why you couldn't find Carolina Blue Cigars for awhile Why Chris relaunched his cigar brand In this Boveda cigar podcast, Rob and Chris are smoking the https://shopcarolinabluecigars.com/products/limitada-20pc-box (CBC Limitada). Chris protects Carolina Blues with Boveda to preserve the sugars and oils of his boutique cigars. You can protect your cigars just like cigars makers, too. Preserve your passion with Boveda, makers of https://store.bovedainc.com/collections/boveda-for-tobacco (2-way humidity control for cigars), https://store.bovedainc.com/collections/boveda-for-tobacco (easy seasoning for wood humidors), https://store.bovedainc.com/collections/tobacco-accessories/products/tobacco-humidor-bags (humidor bags) and https://store.bovedainc.com/collections/tobacco-accessories/products/hygrometer-calibration (one-step hygrometer calibration kits).  https://shopcarolinabluecigars.com/ (https://shopcarolinabluecigars.com/) https://cigarsforwarriors.org/ (https://cigarsforwarriors.org/) https://tobaccoplusexpo.com/ (https://tobaccoplusexpo.com/)

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Aug 6

1 hr 28 min

Is there a cigar companies for dummies book? 🤔  Ian Reith the founder of Dapper Cigar Co. is ready to write it. Hear how a cigar smoker gets into the cigar business. In 2013, he launched the boutique cigar brand with the Cubo Claro. It’s legendary Cuban cigar-making combined with Nicaraguan filler tobacco from Oliva Tobacco Co.  From scratch, Ian learned everything you need to know about cigars: where to buy tobacco; what factory makes cigars; who prints cigar bands; and how to salvage a sales call with a cigar retailer who thinks you’re from Davidoff!  💡 Entrepreneur smart tips: Make sure your new business name falls at the beginning of the alphabet near an established industry brand! Sell company swag that anyone can wear. No lie 🧢— even non-cigar smokers sport snapback baseball caps that say Dapper. 
As of this interview with Rob Gagner at the 2021 Tobacco Plus Expo in Las Vegas, Dapper Cigar currently has 5 cigar lines, including Cubo, La Madrina, El Borracho, Siempre and Desvalido. During the cigar-long cigar podcast, Rob and Ian smoke the Desvalido a medium- to full-flavored Dapper that promises a creamy, malted honey experience with floral expressions. Like many premium cigar brands, Dapper cigars are boxed with Boveda, the 2-way global leader in humidity control. Boveda protects the flavor, condition and burn of cigars for cigar manufacturers and cigar smokers. What do you use to protect cigars in your humidor? Better be Boveda.   
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Jul 23

58 min 20 sec

Hear how the U.S. Marine Corp. changed his life and primed him for the entrepreneurial journey that was ahead. Hit up a Room101 Hit and Run and lose yourself in this steam-of-consciousness interview with cigar man, Matt Booth presented by Boveda. Pay attention, follow your “belly radar” and pivot. “My business should have failed a hundred times over,” the founder of Room101 brands told Rob Gagner at the 2021 Tobacco Plus Expo in Las Vegas. Call it kismet. Call it tenacity. Call it intuition. Matt knows how and when to call it. From boutique cigars to stylized humidors. From Room101 urinal pads to bespoke custom bling worn by the likes of Snoop Dogg, DeAndre Jordan and Guy Fieri. Just try to predict Room101’s next gig. Matt stepped away from the cigar game and Davidoff in 2017. He’s launched a comeback with AJ Fernandez and Caldwell collaborating on new cigar lines, such as Doomsayer, Farce and The T. His Room101 cigar knives and cigar lighters make great statement gifts for the edgier cigar lover. Preserve your passion with Boveda, makers of 2-way humidity control for cigars, easy seasoning for wood humidors, humidor bags and one-step hygrometer calibration kits. https://room101brand.com/ (https://room101brand.com/) http://www.room101cigars.com/ (http://www.room101cigars.com/) http://www.room101cigars.com/cigars/#... (http://www.room101cigars.com/cigars/#...) https://tobaccoplusexpo.com/ (https://tobaccoplusexpo.com/) ----- Website: https://www.bovedainc.com/%C2%A0 (https://www.bovedainc.com/ ) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bovedausa/%C2%A0 (https://www.facebook.com/bovedausa/ ) Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/bovedainc%C2%A0 (https://www.twitter.com/bovedainc ) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bovedainc/%C2%A0 (https://www.instagram.com/bovedainc/ ) 
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Jul 19

1 hr 10 min

When you’re in active combat, a cigar can be your lifeline, why you hang on to fight another day. Hear how donated cigars from cigar smokers like you provide relief, respite and a taste of home to U.S. military men and women. An inspirational cigar hour with Box Press Host, Rob Gagner and Storm Boen, Operation: Cigars for Warrriors Chairman of the Board and CEO. The nonprofit organization collects, then disperses premium cigars, cigar accessories, coffee and more to troops serving in combat zones. Learn the CFW origin story and how the group protects the more than a millions cigars it’s shipped overseas with Boveda, its first corporate sponsor. What cigar are they smoking? The Hiram & Solomon Operation: Cigars for Warriors Live2Serve, which is a collaboration limited-edition cigar only available at CFW donation sites. Drop off cigars at one of the more than 450 OP: CFW’s donation sites. Many are in smoke shops, where you can also buy a box of your favorites and leave it there. *Shot at the 2021 at Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) in Las Vegas, NV. Visit cigarsforwarriors.org to find out how to donate to the 501 (c) (3) charity. Listen on Apple Podcast Here: https://www.youtube.com/redirect?event=video_description&redir_token=QUFFLUhqbnJLcEpaVWxjQ09iVmpsckpXVHdYUE9NSXA4UXxBQ3Jtc0ttUzZuOE1JTWp6TTVWdGx5Q1ZFUHFYMWREMlhkdkt4TDNKTkJiQ0dCcWJScm9lTEItcGZNcHMzX0Myc2lWRUo5VU9qQl9xOEdTQWZEa3NVR3pBUEh3NlFxM1JGbkxIcDZMNUZWQnpFRlpzTFRVYm9wQQ&q=https%3A%2F%2Fapple.co%2F2E5iNlZ (https://apple.co/2E5iNlZ) Listen on Spotify Here: https://www.youtube.com/redirect?event=video_description&redir_token=QUFFLUhqbXhJdWdpaG4tazFsSUtiYTVlcEpxWjZtanI0Z3xBQ3Jtc0tsbXVvd21pOGgxbGo3ZkN6a2FLM0VFN2pneFIzaUhOYlZ1M0FvOGpNU1FIWjdLdWx3TV8wQlNIWm8wTGxNem14Q3FQYjVwSDBKWFhZTmRKM2lIY2FRU3JSZWVaX2VlZ2VfZ25zbUk1ZDBPUzQxNG5KWQ&q=https%3A%2F%2Fspoti.fi%2F2Y4x7WF (https://spoti.fi/2Y4x7WF) ----- Website: https://www.youtube.com/redirect?event=video_description&redir_token=QUFFLUhqbXBza29JQUVJZXU2NG9oWTJQRGctX3llY1B2QXxBQ3Jtc0ttOEJUUUZsYnQ2ZmY5UmpNUUpOd1p1YVRsRzY3ME9GNGpvRUtWU1dtb2ZnV3p0QnpwVkpfYXBIVWs2dElwMTJ0MjRrVEV0OFZKeE9OUnhuNTl4cHhhcG9DUkQyUlZHdl9vZnAzUEFON0VvaEYyRkZyVQ&q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bovedainc.com%2F (https://www.bovedainc.com/) Facebook: https://www.youtube.com/redirect?event=video_description&redir_token=QUFFLUhqbGlyWVlDOUxoMC1OeXZndjhPTjhmNHVrVWluQXxBQ3Jtc0ttRnVJeTM0NVN5NFVCdVdnMlpDOGgzdjNYWVdBYmptS1oyaWRZT3BrWE5GMlMwWmN5dVNIZWZPX09HSFVLMGhfeFk5WjlfM2h2MjdmanN6TFJfaGZEcU5XdzBvTmd3d0pRelRsMmZkYTN5RXJoN0V2NA&q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fbovedausa%2F (https://www.facebook.com/bovedausa/) Twitter: https://www.youtube.com/redirect?event=video_description&redir_token=QUFFLUhqbm9JNHlYSUlfRWdQOUMtWGlibmdzaTRQaWNGQXxBQ3Jtc0trMVBSal9QT1VtQ241NzVUcjZHQ2J5eGZCd2tvOHRzTDBZajNubW9xSEttMExfVC1nSmtFOE93djlxTXBlSmZPTmtadlFJVmlPdUYtZ01iX2V0WUtOTnlBanhBV2xlZWtVckljeldGcmQ5WHppNEtKWQ&q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.twitter.com%2Fbovedainc (https://www.twitter.com/bovedainc) Instagram: https://www.youtube.com/redirect?event=video_description&redir_token=QUFFLUhqbkY4R1l4OW1HOVF2dDE4TlcyWGhzNTJXcndtd3xBQ3Jtc0ttRFdkUzZzejNfazBYZUZzczJ6cVBlajIxa1hVWnpjcU45NjZQdklMRERJbFpFMWgzUU9LQVpNOHA1eFpKX19rU3JwSnd2Xy13b001eWRaTFJ1U2NpTXBNUzBETTJRWE41NHJDZGlJTTFrREZwRWdHTQ&q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.instagram.com%2Fbovedainc%2F (https://www.instagram.com/bovedainc/) Shot in 2021 at Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) in Las Vegas, NV. https://www.youtube.com/hashtag/live2serve (#Live2Serve) ----- Listen on Apple Podcast Here: https://www.youtube.com/redirect?event=video_description&redir_token=QUFFLUhqbE5JTlpHUWE4SGZMclEyM0xJMlc5X00tbGJjUXxBQ3Jtc0tuLXBFRERlaXRzV2RRcm1VYU11dng1NlIyZFdMWE1RWHFCZFphVGpVMThBbUEtSkpLNmdWS3VkeGNHWmdTQjVGTFA3SXN4amdVZmFNbFhwQUVLSy1qTDBvdHc2YVhuZDF3RXBzaFdLbTB0ek5SYVgxbw&q=https%3A%2F%2Fapple.co%2F2E5iNlZ (https://apple.co/2E5iNlZ) Listen on Spotify Here:...

Jul 19

51 min 16 sec

Rob traveled down to Honduras to sit down with Oscar Valladares, who has one of the more unique cigar journeys out there! Sit back and light one up as we talk Oscar Valladares cigars, Honduras and more!

Dec 2020

1 hr 2 min

Featured Guest Dave Imber from cigarclub.com talks about how he has managed to turn his vices into his career. Dave shares some amazing stories during this episode like how he, in just 3 months at cigarclub.com, found himself in Nicaragua learning the wonderful process cigar making.

Dec 2020

1 hr 7 min

On this special episode of Box Press, Rob fishes and talks with the man who gave him his first job in the cigar world. Jeff Haugen, President and owner of Crux Cigars, talks about everything from his pot of coffee a day routine to the history of Crux and the future of cigar retails (all while trying to catch fish). Light one up and enjoy!

Nov 2020

1 hr 11 min

Featured Guest Leanor Abzaradel, CEO of Platinum Nova Cigars, sat down with Rob while in Colorado to talk about her start in the industry, and how she was able to create her own cigar brand! What would you name your cigar brand? *Previously Recorded in 2019*

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Nov 2020

25 min 14 sec

Featured guest Alexander Berezowski travled all the way from Dominican Republic to Minnesota to tell us his story. Sit back and enjoy!

Oct 2020

1 hr 31 min

Featured guest Erik Espinosa, stopped by during 2019 IPCPR to explain how his favorite color inspired his Laranja Reserva. The cigar we smoked: https://bit.ly/2GLUqjJ

Oct 2020

38 min 2 sec

Do you know who is responsible for some of your favorite cigar wrappers? Featured guest John Oliva, Oliva Tobacco Co., sits down with us to share the cigar wrappers he's grown for some of the biggest cigar brands in the industry. You'll definitely recognize their names. Where do you think the flavor comes from in a cigar? Filler? Wrapper?

Sep 2020

1 hr 7 min

Featured Guest, Dean Parsons of Epic Cigars, shares stories of real-estate, kiteboarding, and of course cigars! What's your favorite Epic Cigar?

Sep 2020

48 min 23 sec

Featured Guest, Eric Newman of J.C. Newman Cigar Co. sat down with us at their 110-year-old cigar factory in the Ybor City National Historic Landmark District in Tampa, Florida. We talked about his new cigar "The American" along with his family’s history in the cigar world. Hope you enjoy learning about America’s Oldest Family Owned Cigar Manufacturer. What's your favorite J.C. Newman Cigar?

Aug 2020

1 hr 7 min

Featured Guests, Alexander and Dean sit down with us out in Colorado to walk us through a blind taste test of Value Cigars, while also discussing common questions about value sticks. Do you smoke value cigars? What are some of your favorites?

Jul 2020

49 min 34 sec

Featured Guests, Fred Vandermarliere sat down with us at IPCPR 2019 to talk about his and his family's cigar journey and how one dance lead him to winning 50 cigars! Fred talks about the history of how he and his family got connected with Oliva Cigar Co in the first place and why their family dynamics played a huge part in the two companies coming together. ----- Listen on Apple Podcast Here: https://apple.co/2E5iNlZ Listen on Spotify Here: https://spoti.fi/2Y4x7WF ----- Website: https://www.bovedainc.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bovedausa/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/bovedainc Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bovedainc/ #Cigars #BoxPress #IPCPR2019

Jun 2020

52 min 21 sec

Featured Guests, Christian Eiroa & Tom Lazuka, sit down to talk about all things cigars (and even a little pizza talk).

May 2020

35 min 18 sec

Featured guest Klaas Kelner, Sr. Brand Ambassador at Davidoff of Geneva USA, takes us on a 3 cigar tasting seminar that will teach you so much about how we all taste cigars! ----- Listen on Apple Podcast Here: https://apple.co/2E5iNlZ Listen on Spotify Here: https://spoti.fi/2Y4x7WF ----- Website: https://www.bovedainc.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bovedausa/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/bovedainc Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bovedainc/ #CigarTasting #BoxPress #Davidoff #CigarTasteTest

Apr 2020

52 min 13 sec

Featured guest Travis Pappenheim, National Education Manager-Premium Cigars at Altadis USA, sits down with us at the Cigar Shop that sparked Rob's love for cigars. During this episode Travis teaches us how to enhance our cigar smoking experience, helping us taste cigars at a higher level. Visit Altadis USA: https://www.altadisusa.com/ Join their Social Club: https://www.montecristosocialclub.com... ----- Listen on Apple Podcast Here: https://apple.co/2E5iNlZ Listen on Spotify Here: https://spoti.fi/2Y4x7WF ----- Website: https://www.bovedainc.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bovedausa/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/bovedainc Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bovedainc/ #CigarTasting #BoxPress #Altadis #AltadisCigars

Mar 2020

53 min 38 sec

Featured guest Litto and Tony Gomez of La Flor Dominicana, sit down with Rob to test their father and son relationship, share some inspiring stories and smoke some great cigars! Visit LFD: http://laflordominicana.com/ ----- Listen on Apple Podcast Here: https://apple.co/2E5iNlZ Listen on Spotify Here: https://spoti.fi/2Y4x7WF ----- Website: https://www.bovedainc.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bovedausa/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/bovedainc Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bovedainc/ #LFD #IPCPR #BoxPress #LittoGomez #TonyGomez

Mar 2020

38 min 47 sec

Featured guest Frankie Dranks, Drew Estate Cigars & Spirits Pairing Ambassador, sits down with the Box Press Crew during Drew Estate's Barn Smoker 2019. During this episode Frankie pairs 3 Drew Estate Cigars with 3 different alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails, all while sitting in the FSG Tobacco field.

Feb 2020

1 hr 7 min

Featured guest Nick Melillo, President & Chief blender of Foundation Cigars, sits down with us to talk about his travel filled journey that lead him to where he is today. He even shares a little scorpion story! Listen on Apple Podcast Here: https://apple.co/2E5iNlZ Listen on Spotify Here: https://spoti.fi/2Y4x7WF Website: https://www.bovedainc.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bovedausa/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/bovedainc I Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bovedainc/ #NickMelillo #FoundationCigars #BoxPress

Feb 2020

52 min 31 sec

Featured guest Ben Stimpson, TMG’s new Managing Director, reveals his former pro soccer days and how went from that to working in the cigar industry. Rob also asks Ben some "Hard-hitting" questions, while also discussing the importance of Tobacco Business Magazine This was recorded a couple weeks before TPE which is happening from Jan. 29-31st, 2020. Listen on Apple Podcast Here: https://apple.co/2E5iNlZ Listen on Spotify Here: https://spoti.fi/2Y4x7WF Website: https://www.bovedainc.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bovedausa/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/bovedainc Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bovedainc/ #TobaccoBusiness #TPE2020 #BoxPress

Jan 2020

1 hr 1 min

Featured guest Willy Herrera, talks about everything from his blending process to stories behind the creation of some of the cigars we all know and love. This whole conversation takes place while strolling through the tobacco fields on the FSG Farm. Listen on Apple Podcast Here: https://apple.co/2E5iNlZ Listen on Spotify Here: https://spoti.fi/2Y4x7WF Website: https://www.bovedainc.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bovedausa/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/bovedainc Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bovedainc/ #BoxPress #Cigars #WillyHerrera #DrewEstate

Jan 2020

16 min 19 sec

Featured guests Jeremy Casdagli (Founder & Co-owner) and Vlada Stojanov (Product Ambassador) sit down with Rob at IPCPR 2019 to talk about the amazing history of their brand and how the Daughters of the wind cigars came to be! Sit back, light one up and enjoy! Website: https://www.bovedainc.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bovedausa/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/bovedainc Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bovedainc/ #BoxPress #Cigars #DaughtersOfTheWind #CasdagliCigars

Jan 2020

39 min 10 sec

Featured guest Lissette Perez-Carrillo, gives insight into her father's process when it comes to creating cigars and how the Cigar Of The Year came to be! Listen on Apple Podcast Here: https://apple.co/2E5iNlZ Listen on Spotify Here: https://spoti.fi/2Y4x7WF Listen on Google Play Here: https://play.google.com/music/m/Ihir6... Website: https://www.bovedainc.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bovedausa/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/bovedainc Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bovedainc/ #BoxPress #Cigars

Dec 2019

20 min 49 sec

Featured guest Jeff Borysiewicz, President & Founder of Corona Cigar Co. Co-Founder of Cigar Rights of America and Exclusive grower of Florida Sun Grown Cigar Tobacco, shares his start in the cigar world and how that guided him to where he is today. Listen on Apple Podcast Here: https://apple.co/2E5iNlZ Listen on Spotify Here: https://spoti.fi/2Y4x7WF Listen on Google Play Here: https://play.google.com/music/m/Ihir6eau4eh53d73rpt3n6a63aa?t=Box_Press Website: https://www.bovedainc.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bovedausa/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/bovedainc Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bovedainc/ #BoxPress #FSG #Cigars #DrewEstate

Oct 2019

52 min 8 sec

Featured guest Klaas Kelner, Sr. Brand Ambassador at Davidoff of Geneva USA, shares his upbringing as the son of Davidoff's master blender Henke Kelner and what his role as Brand Ambassador really means. What are they smoking? (0:38) How many different tobaccos are normally in a cigar (01:17) $500 Dollar Cigar that has 9 different types of tobacco within it (05:40) Family Farm Beginnings (08:05) Growing up on the farm as a child (0:12:20) What is it like growing up in a family business (0:14:50) Klass is living the cigar dream (0:20:45) Having a master blender as a father (0:24:35) What is it like representing the Kelner name (0:30:15) How has Klass's father affected him (0:34:45) Living the stories that you tell (0:37:30) Stories make facts more powerful (0:41:20) How is caring for a living thing, different than just a normal job (0:42:40) What impact does Davidoff have on cigar culture (0:50:13) The cigar industry is attacked, why are cigars different (0:54:45) Social Media and Cigars (0:59:45) Cigars Are Time Beautifully Filled (1:01:04) Smoke a cigar to enjoy it, not just to smoke it (1:02:05) Davidoff: https://us.davidoffgeneva.com/ Listen on Apple Podcast Here: https://apple.co/2E5iNlZ Listen on Spotify Here: https://spoti.fi/2Y4x7WF Listen on Google Play Here: https://play.google.com/music/m/Ihir6eau4eh53d73rpt3n6a63aa?t=Box_Press Website: https://www.bovedainc.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bovedausa/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/bovedainc Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bovedainc/ #BoxPress #Davidoff #Cigars

Jul 2019

1 hr 8 min

Featured guest Brian Andrews, Founder of Privada Cigar Club, shares his thoughts on the impact of monthly cigar subscriptions services. Are they the future? Are they a fad? Is there room for more than one? Brian and Rob sit down with a very unique cigar and discuss it all on this episode of Box Press. Indoor Vs. Outside Smoking (2:40) What are we smoking? (6:15) Winston Churchill way to "cut" a 60 ring gauge cigar (9:20) What is it that is making monthly cigar subscriptions more popular? (13:10) Brian's new drink paring (14:20) Why Rum & Brandy are go to's for paring with cigars (16:00) Monthly Cigar Clubs are Evolving (18:50) Will everything be subscription based on day? (20:10) Who are cigar clubs for? Beginners only? (22:05) Privada Support (26:30) How does Brian find limited/hard to find cigars for his club (27:35) Privada Cigar Club started from one man's collection (30:20) Privada struggled in the beginning (33:00) Is there Tension between Retail & Monthly Cigar Subscriptions? (40:55) Are Monthly Cigar Subscriptions the Future? (54:55) Are there threats to the monthly cigar subscription model (1:01:45) Spirited Smoke (1:04:30) Listen on Apple Podcast Here: https://apple.co/2E5iNlZ Listen on Spotify Here: https://spoti.fi/2Y4x7WF Listen on Google Play Here: https://play.google.com/music/m/Ihir6eau4eh53d73rpt3n6a63aa?t=Box_Press Website: https://www.bovedainc.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bovedausa/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/bovedainc Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bovedainc/ #BoxPress #PrivadaCigarClub

Jun 2019

1 hr 19 min

Featured guest Enrique Seijas, co-owner/co-founder of Matilde Cigars, shares the origin story of the Matilde brand along with how his family's values are deeply rooted within the brand and the cigars themselves. Interview Overview by Rob Gagner, Box Press host. (0:27) How did Matilde start and Enrique's father, Jose Seijas get into the cigar business (3:08) What inspired the Matilde cigar brand? (5:15) What's the story behind the Matilde logo? (6:05) What are the written and unwritten rules of making cigars according the Enrique Seijas? (6:55) What makes Matilde cigars stand out? (8:45) How is the difficult task of hand-rolling cigars done? (10:05) Enrique Seijas talks about: Marriage (12:50) Dominican Republic's family-oriented culture (16:10) His mother (16:50) Enrique weighs in on how people perceive the Matilde cigar brand. (18:00) What is it about cigars that people love? (20:00) What should people know about Matilde? (22:15) What's Matilde's core value? (25:10) Matilde Cigars: http://matildecigars.com/ Listen on Apple Podcast Here: https://apple.co/2E5iNlZ Listen on Spotify Here: https://spoti.fi/2Y4x7WF Listen on Google Play Here: https://play.google.com/music/m/Ihir6eau4eh53d73rpt3n6a63aa?t=Box_Press Website: https://www.bovedainc.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bovedausa/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/bovedainc Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bovedainc/ #BoxPress #IPCPR2018

May 2019

26 min 29 sec

Donate Here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/boxpressdogs Featured guest Pete Johnson, President of Tatuaje Cigars, talks about the origin story of Tatuaje Cigars. We discuss everything from Pete's first job in the cigar industry to his new wine and his Monster Series Nightmare. So light up a cigar and enjoy the episode! What are we smoking? (2:53) Pepin's method of acquiring tobacco. (4:35) The Origin Story of Tatuaje. (6:50) Havana Famous. (18:20) Pete is a connoisseur of Cuban Cigars. (19:40) Pete was slanging Cuban Cigars. (21:00) The meaning behind the name Tatuaje. (22:30) What drew Pete to smoking cigars. (25:30) The First Box of cigars Pete bought (29:30) Pete's First job in the cigar industry (31:10) Henry Clay Cigar Moment. (34:00) Pete Johnson's Bus Tour. (37:30) Pete's Wine. (44:15) Wine & tobacco similarities. (45:30) There is too much BS in the Cigar Industry. (52:00) Pete creates cigars for himself. (55:10) Pete's Love for Dogs & there connections to his Cigars (57:35) Angle Numbers (1:28:40) Finish the Quote. (1:03:55) Pete's Desert Island Cigar. (1:05:27) The Monster Series Nightmare. (1:05:40) Pete's thoughts on the cigar Future. (1:14:00) If Pete wasn't in the cigar industry what would he be doing? (1:17:00) Listen on Apple Podcast Here: https://apple.co/2E5iNlZ Listen on Spotify Here: https://spoti.fi/2Y4x7WF Listen on Google Play Here: https://play.google.com/music/m/Ihir6eau4eh53d73rpt3n6a63aa?t=Box_Press Tatuajie Cigars: http://tatuajecigars.com/ Website: https://www.bovedainc.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bovedausa/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/bovedainc Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bovedainc/ #BoxPress #PeteJohnson

Apr 2019

1 hr 29 min

Featured guests Pete Johnson, President of Tatuaje Cigars, and Jon Huber, President of Crowned Heads, discuss how they created their own lane in the industry. They are themselves, and they truly live by the motto "if you try to do things that everybody likes, you won't do things that people actually LOVE". Both Pete and Jon show how when you stay true to who you are, success will be more abundant, authentic, meaningful, and fulfilling.  

Feb 2019

48 min 51 sec

What sets the Privada Cigar Club apart from other monthly cigar memberships? Is a cigar club a good value for you?   Subscribe to watch Boveda’s Rob Gagner unbox his Privada Cigar Club shipment every month. Watch his interview with Brian Andrew Desind, founder of Privada Cigar Club. Rob finds out what cigar lovers want to know before joining this premium cigar club. What cigar did Privada Cigar Club founder bring to smoke during this Boveda Box Press episode? Crowned Heads Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2014.

Dec 2018

46 min 40 sec

“Bring who you are and add it to what we are,” Jonathan Drew, president of Drew Estate said. Fringe stays fringe when it keeps its cigar foot securely planted in counter culture. Stay in the know on street artists, muralists, scratchers, up-and-coming neighborhoods as well as what’s new with this maker of some of the best boutique Nicaraguan cigars. Love you some Drew Estate Java, Drew State Liga Privada or Drew Estate Acid? Find out more about what makes this top cigar brand stay real.  

Dec 2018

27 min 19 sec

Listen to an exclusive cigar profile with NBA® Hall of Famer Karl Malone. Malone unveiled La Aurora Barrel Aged by Karl Malone during the 2018 IPCPR Trade Show. His daughter Kadee Malone joined her dad for some two-on-one with Boveda host Rob Gagner.

Nov 2018

22 min 38 sec

EXCLUSIVE! Get a behind-the-scenes look at how halfwheel, the source for cigar news and reviews, taste tests cigars. Learn how to pick out the flavors you only read about in cigar reviews. And how you cut, light and puff can affect a cigar’s taste. Hear how cigar humidity can change the way a cigar smokes. And how halfwheel co-founder trusts Boveda 2-way humidity control for proper cigar humidification. 

Sep 2018

1 hr 16 min

Cigar lovers, watch and get inspired. Southern Draw, a Texas-based, Nicaraguan-made cigar company has gotten creative—and not just with its cigar names and blends. Through its IGNITE program, Southern Draw is sharing its success while adhering to charitable giving guidelines set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (Since August 2016, FDA regulations prohibit those in the cigar industry from the decades-long tradition of donating cigars to charities.) Founder Robert Holt explains how doing good is just as important as making good cigars. What to catch in Box Press Ep. 09: - ANNOUNCING: Southern Draw’s new cigar: IGNITE (0:40) - What is Operation: Cigars for Warriors? (1:45) - Why are cigars so important to active military? (2:25) - What are Robert and Rob smoking on-air? Southern Draw Jacob’s Ladder (https://www.jrcigars.com/brand/southern-draw-cigars/southern-draw-jacob-s-ladder) (4:06) - How did “Southern Draw” get its name? (9:48) - Cigars are a vehicle that brings people together (10:25) - How Southern Draw names cigars after family members (12:28) - Integrity is the first step to true greatness (16:49) - Give away the first and the best, and then keep the rest (20:21) - Marriage advice from Robert Holt (27:29) - What does Robert Holt like to smoke? (28:57) - Why Robert will always respect Eric Espinosa (31:13) - What’s a common misconception about cigars? (34:40) Box Press, is a cigar podcast from Boveda, the global leader in 2-way humidity control for premium cigars. Every month, Boveda’s Rob Gagner covers cigars, cigar life and cigar enjoyment.

Jul 2018

39 min 13 sec

RoMa Craft doesn’t build a product to fit whatever tobaccos it has leftover. Nope. Co-founders Skip Martin and Mike Rosales share how RoMa Craft crafts a new cigar blend. And why the people growing the tobacco, rolling the cigars and selling RoMa Craft are just as important as what finds its way into your humidor. Learn what’s hot in humidors from this Austin, Texas, based cigar company. RoMa Craft makes small-batch super-premium cigars, including CroMagnon, Neanderthal, Intemperance, CRAFT, Wunder|Lust and Aquitaine. The on-air Box Press smoke is the Neanderthal. (https://halfwheel.com/roma-craft-tobac-teases-three-new-neanderthal-vitolas/157757) What’s your go-to RoMa Craft cigar? Share your thoughts below with fellow cigar aficionados. RoMa Craft founders talk Neanderthal. (1:03)

 Why “craft” means being emotionally connected to what you are making. (3:32) 

Why connecting with people who make cigars is just as important as picking out tobacco. (9:16) How intentionally building a company’s culture increases employee retention. (9:25)
 Why some other cigar brands need to sell bad cigars in order to make good cigars. (16:53) 

Is the Femur worth the money? (19:57)

 What’s a cigar unicorn? (20:26)

 What’s RoMa Craft’s secret? HINT: Using unique combinations of unique tobaccos. (22:50)

 Who are the 3 “master cigar blenders” in the world, according to Skip? (25:03)

 How are master cigar blenders are like dogs? (29:47) 

There is no special tobacco. It’s about discipline, patience, capital and dedicated people. (30:25)

 How a small company uses social media to share its brilliant products (and build relationships) with people all over the world. (32:50) 

How good is your “weasel” game? (37:00) Box Press, is a cigar podcast from Boveda, the global leader in 2-way humidity control for premium cigars. Every month, Boveda’s Rob Gagner covers cigars, cigar life and cigar enjoyment. -- Subscribe to Box Press on iTunes: https://apple.co/2E5iNlZ Subscribe to Box Press on Google Play: https://goo.gl/U7LhdC Follow Boveda on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bovedausa Follow Boveda on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bovedainc/ Follow Boveda on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BovedaInc Buy Boveda: https://bovedainc.com/store

Jun 2018

43 min 33 sec

“Not every cigar is good, and as such, not every review will be pretty.” 
- halfwheel on its cigar reviews Where can you find unbiased cigar reviews? Where can you get a daily cigar news fix? Where does a cigar feature read like an episode of Law & Order? halfwheel. (https://halfwheel.com/) Along with Boveda’s Rob Gagner, get the inside story of how the industry’s most popular online source for cigar news, reviews and glamour shots got started. (Featuring halfwheel founders Charlie Minato and Brooks Whittington) Before you put down another dollar on a premium cigar, find out about halfwheel’s cigar reviews on Box Press Episode 07. Easy to search and easy to understand, halfwheel’s in-depth posts can turn a cigar newbie into a cigar aficionado. Looking for a Father’s Day gift for a cigar smoker? Boveda Smart Sensor was previewed by halfwheel. (https://halfwheel.com/boveda-launches-smart-sensor) No lighting up at halfwheel HQ, which is outside of Dallas, Texas. Instead, Charlie and Brooks reviewed Answer’s fruited sour craft brew out of Richmond, Virginia. Is a beer brewed from passionfruit, mango and lemonade still a beer? Check out halfwheel’s craft brew blog, (https://tenemu.com). Box Press, is a cigar podcast from Boveda, the global leader in 2-way humidity control for premium cigars. Every month, Boveda’s Rob Gagner covers cigars, cigar life and cigar enjoyment. Find out how to season a humidor in just 2 weeks with Boveda.

May 2018

34 min 42 sec

Box Press, is a cigar podcast from Boveda, the global leader in 2-way humidity control for premium cigars. Every month, Boveda’s Rob Gagner covers cigars, cigar life and cigar enjoyment. What are Rob and Brian smoking in Box Press Ep. 06? Aging Room Solera Fantastico Sungrown (https://www.jrcigars.com/item/aging-room-cigars/aging-room-solera/fantastico-sungrown) We’re lifting the curtain to show you how Boveda keeps premium cigars smoke ready. And revealing what makes Boveda work better than gels, beads and sponges. Brian Rice, the Principle R&D Engineer at Boveda tells all. - What’s Boveda and how does Boveda work? (1:54) - Are there secret ingredients in Boveda? (3:40) - Do lab-grade hygrometers need calibration? (4:40) - What’s the difference between a 1-way humidifier and a 2-way humidifier for cigars? (11:30) - What’s the differences between Boveda and gel and beads for cigars? (12:55) - Brian’s sponge confessional. (13:03) - Can Boveda over-humidify a humidor? (22:25) - How to add more horsepower to your humidor to reach the RH level you want. (25:15) - Why condition cigars before you put them in a humidor. (29:28) - Which is quicker–humidifying or drying out cigars? (30:22) - Why the wipe down method of seasoning humidors doesn’t go deep enough . (31:07) - How long does it take to season a humidor with Boveda? (35:25) #AskBoveda: Will the wipe down method speed up the seasoning of my humidor? (36:40) ANSWER: No, wiping down the inside of a wooden humidor before you add Boveda 84% RH for seasoning will delay effective seasoning. When you wipe down the inside of a wooden humidor with a sponge saturated with distilled water, the moisture level on the surface of the humidor’s interior will spike to 100%. Add Boveda 84% RH and Boveda will detect that 100% moisture level. Boveda will first go into absorb mode to bring the moisture level down to 84% RH. (This will add 2 to 4 days to the Boveda 14-day seasoning method.) After that, Boveda will push moisture all the way through the porous wood—deep down into its cells, not just on its surface. Best to just toss in Boveda 84% RH into a dry humidor and let it work on its own—no need to rain on its parade. #AskBoveda: What’s the best beverage to drink while you smoke a cigar? (38:45) ANSWER: Enjoy an alcoholic beverage with your cigar? Brian pairs his premium cigar with a single malt Scotch that’s been aged at least 15 years. To his pour, he adds a single ice cube to slightly chill his Scotch while freeing its aromas and flavors. Then he’ll settle in for good hour’s smoke. Teetotaler? With his cigar, Rob’s a fan of enjoying a sugary, carbonated soft drink, like a Coca-Cola. When Rob’s reviewing cigars, he’ll drink sparkling water or tea in between sticks to eliminate competing flavors. What’s the secret to really cleanse your palate after smoking a cigar? A glass of milk. -- Subscribe to Box Press on iTunes: https://apple.co/2E5iNlZ Subscribe to Box Press on Google Play: https://goo.gl/U7LhdC Follow Boveda on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bovedausa Follow Boveda on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bovedainc/ Follow Boveda on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BovedaInc Buy Boveda: https://bovedainc.com/store

Apr 2018

41 min 6 sec

Box Press, is a cigar podcast from Boveda, the global leader in 2-way humidity control for premium cigars. Every month, Boveda’s Rob Gagner covers cigars, cigar life and cigar enjoyment. What are Rob and Benny smoking in Box Press Ep. 05? A Cuban, of course! A 'Swiss Exclusive' Vegas Robaina. Cigar enthusiast looking for a vacation spot? Head to Europe with Boveda International Relations Executive Benjamin (Benny) Patock. Learn why most Europeans prefer Cuban cigars over non-Cuban sticks. And what are the misconceptions about Cuban cigars. What can BOTL/SOTL expect from cigar shopping and smoking in Europe? Tune in!

Mar 2018

41 min 36 sec

Box Press, is a cigar podcast from Boveda, the global leader in 2-way humidity control for premium cigars. Every month, Boveda’s Rob Gagner covers cigars, cigar life and cigar enjoyment.

Feb 2018

30 min 46 sec

Box Press, is a cigar podcast from Boveda, the global leader in 2-way humidity control for premium cigars. Every month, Boveda’s Rob Gagner covers cigars, cigar life and cigar enjoyment. On-air smoke: Alec Bradley - Post Embargo https://www.cigarsinternational.com/p... You have to listen to Mikey Zahn’s cigar origin story–from lumberjack to retailer to roller to rep. Listen to how Mikey fine-tuned his cigar knowledge by hand-rolling cigars with masters of the craft in Honduras, hanging out with blenders and growers and tagging along on cigar tours. Now Mikey is the Midwest Account Manager for Alec Bradley Cigars, makers of Prensado, Fine & Rare, Sanctum, Tempus, Nica Puro and Coyol. Mikey and Rob discuss: - How to turn a cigar hobby into a career - What a cigar rep for a major brand does - How to find a cigar you like - When to smoke a fresh-rolled cigar - Why cigar lovers should go to local cigar events and tastings #AskBoveda Question (21:14): What’s a normal RH readings after seasoning your wooden humidor with Boveda? Is a 84% RH level too high?

Jan 2018

24 min 46 sec