Interview wih Abe Flores of Pinar del Rio Cigars

Last week I had the pleasure of smoking the Flor de Cesar Red Label. As it turns out, someone who knew the manufacturer dropped them a line to inform them about the review. Shortly after, we received a comment on the review by one Abe Flores, who is responsible for the blend. Shortly after the comment was left we received an email asking if we would be interested in reviewing Pinar del Rio Cigars.

This is where the story gets interesting. Generally Brian, Jerry, and I trade off on samples so that all receive cigars to review. This time it was my turn to accept, I sent Abe my shipping information and looked forward to receiving them in the mail. Several minutes later I received another email from Able letting me know that he was in my neck of the woods on business.

After a few more emails were exchanged, we had a meeting scheduled for Sunday afternoon my local shop, Kensington Tobacconist. Abe and I smoked several cigars and spoke about the business for a few hours. Amongst our discussion I asked Abe if he would be interested in doing a quick video interview for the fine folks at Stogie Review, and he agreed.

Below is the video from my interview with Abe Flores of Pinar del Rio Cigars. Abe spoke about a number of topics including:

  • Family History
  • Blends produced by his company
  • The fascinating Pennsylvania wrapper on the Flor de Cesar Red Label
  • His favorite cigar among the line
  • One thing he would change about the industry

After nearly four hours of talking and smoking, Abe and I had to part ways. It was an absolute pleasure meeting Abe and I wish him the best of luck with his cigars. I hope you all enjoy watching the interview as much as I did conducting it.

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