48 episodes

Cigar Sense Podcast is your spot to listen in on sensory and cultural aspects of the premium cigars. You'll have insights on how to better recognize and articulate the sensory experience of fine cigars. A variety of inner-views and interviews will be on hand to empower you as a cigar consumer and inspire you, as well as your regular host, Franca Comparetto.

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Cigar Sense Podcast is your spot to listen in on sensory and cultural aspects of the premium cigars. You'll have insights on how to better recognize and articulate the sensory experience of fine cigars. A variety of inner-views and interviews will be on hand to empower you as a cigar consumer and inspire you, as well as your regular host, Franca Comparetto.

    Made in Africa: Bongani cigars

    Made in Africa: Bongani cigars

    Bongani Cigars is the first African Cigar brand. Their premium cigars are made in Mozambique and they are growing their presence across Africa, Europe and the US.
    Kamal Moukheiber discusses with Franca about:
    the African cigar tobacco tradition the young open-minded African consumer: as they become more mature and wealthier, they shift from international to what talks to their identity the scent of Ghana cedar wood the Mozambican production team with a Dominican undertone culture and more. ---
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    • 23 min
    Nicholas Syris

    Nicholas Syris

    From Greece to the USA to Saudi Arabia to Cuba, the international mindset and leadership of Nicholas Syris convey that the road less traveled, when choosing, enjoying and marketing premium cigars, is not always easy, but provide the highest satisfaction.

    Nicholas is the LH (Lavida Havana) Premium Cigars brand owner and  blender, as well as a Cuba "expert".

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    InterTabac @ Messe Dortmund

    InterTabac @ Messe Dortmund

    Angelika Bauer has been working for Messe Dortmund and since 2006 and is the Project Director of InterTabac and InterSupply.
    In this episode, we discuss the trade show mission and goals, how visitors can access the show, the forthcoming activities and more.
    Visit their LinkedIn page at https://www.linkedin.com/company/intertabac/ for more updates. 

    • 19 min
    El Artista - 3rd generation innovation

    El Artista - 3rd generation innovation

    In this episode, industrial engineer Radhames Rodriguez discusses the benefits of Tabacalera El Artista vertical integration from farms to factory to distribution. He is a young innovator, always thinking outside of the box, while respecting the family tradition. We also discussed:
    the use of the sensory language in marketing; the challenge of determining the characterizing flavors of cigars produced with a particular tobacco in a particular terroir; the objectivity of cigar analyses based on statistics; the premium cigar on its way to become an intangible cultural heritage in the Dominican Republic and more.
    Radhames Rodriguez is one of the youngest cigar executives in the industry, an industrial engineer by trade, applying his knowledge to his 3rd generation family owned cigar factory, which has been in operation in Tamboril, DR since 1956. Tabacalera El Artista is one of the few boutique brands to be vertically integrated from farms to factory to distribution, owning the supply chain. As he says: "This means really good tobacco at a very sharp price!"

    This podcast is brought to you by Cigar Sense founders and paid members.
    With the free Cigar Sense membership, you can obtain personalized recommendations of cigars that best suit your unique individual tastes.  In a few simple steps, you can see what your top cigar picks are from the thousands of cigars available on the market.  You can also explore sensory and other cigar attributes as Cigar Sense helps you better understand what you like and dislike in a cigar.

    Be sure to subscribe to Cigar Sense Podcast so that you don’t miss a single episode, and while you’re at it, won’t you take a moment to write a short review and rate the show? It would be greatly appreciated!

    • 36 min
    On cigar reviews - usefulness and standards

    On cigar reviews - usefulness and standards

    In this episode, Randy Griggs and Franca discuss about cigar reviews, their usefulness and whether some standards might help increase it.
    Randy Griggs has worked in the craft beer industry for 19 years, establishing himself as a flavor sensory specialist. After becoming a beer judge at age 21, Randy followed up with a BBQ judge certification and is studying to become a beverage and spirits specialist, as well as a cigar sommelier. Randy has worked with event production teams to develop beer educational events throughout the country, including the Great American Beer Festival as well as a speaker at the National Craft Beer Wholesalers conference. Randy hosts alongside Rob Rasmussen for Cigar Dojo's pairing-focused cigar show, A Flavor Odyssey. When not smoking cigars and drinking craft beer, Randy is also very passionate about food, coffee, BBQ, cheese, and all things craft.

    This podcast is brought to you by Cigar Sense founders and paid members.
    With the free Cigar Sense membership, you can obtain personalized recommendations of cigars that best suit your unique individual tastes.  In a few simple steps, you can see what your top cigar picks are from the thousands of cigars available on the market.  You can also explore sensory and other cigar attributes as Cigar Sense helps you better understand what you like and dislike in a cigar.

    Be sure to subscribe to Cigar Sense Podcast so that you don’t miss a single episode, and while you’re at it, won’t you take a moment to write a short review and rate the show? It would be greatly appreciated!

    • 1 hr 5 min
    The sensory world of Room 101 Cigars

    The sensory world of Room 101 Cigars

    In this episode Franca discusses the sensory world of Room 101 Cigars with Matt Booth.
    Learn about the key principles that drive Matt's personal and business activities. He has a special way to describe his cigars using emotions. However, Matt also pays attention to the sensory language and to the way it affects branding, as well as, inversely, to how branding affects sensory. We also talk about his top priorities when creating a new blend, reviews ethics and intangible cultural heritage.
    Matt says "I maintain a steadfast resolve to both explore my personal interest and connection to tobacco - specifically in cigar form - as well as introduce fans and potential fans of our culture and community to my personal approach and reflection of what it is that we do. I also prefer high thread count bedding materials and am an ongoing fan of interpretive dance as well as many other forms of artistic expression."
    Visit www.room101brand.com to discover his world.

    This podcast is brought to you by Cigar Sense founders and paid members.
    With the free Cigar Sense membership, you can obtain personalized recommendations of cigars that best suit your unique individual tastes.  In a few simple steps, you can see what your top cigar picks are from the thousands of cigars available on the market.  You can also explore sensory and other cigar attributes as Cigar Sense helps you better understand what you like and dislike in a cigar.

    Be sure to subscribe to Cigar Sense Podcast so that you don’t miss a single episode, and while you’re at it, won’t you take a moment to write a short review and rate the show? It would be greatly appreciated!

    • 1 hr 4 min

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