An Evening with Benji Menendez

Last week Benji Menendez was in town visiting both locations of W.Curtis Draper. Since I had to cancel my participation in the blogger trip with General Cigar down to the Dominican Republic I made plans with the folks at General to get time with Benji while he was visiting. I’ll be honest. I wasn’t sure what to say to this icon in the industry. Seriously, I’ve only been smoking since the end of the boom in the late 90’s. The man probably has underwear older than that. Luckily for me, the newest addition to the Draper family is George Brightman. George with his own history in the industry, Cigar Aficionado and Davidoff of Geneva to name a couple, decided to hold a conversation with Benji Menendez and allowed me to capture it to share. Its a fascinating discussion to hear Benji talk about his 60 years in the industry. From the Canary Islands to Brazil to Jamaica and finally to the Dominican Republic. Being from the boom generation of cigar smokers there was so much history that I was clueless about. I had no idea that Jamaica at one time was the gold standard for cigar production or that Montecruz has four decades of history behind it. I’m happy that I was able to document a little piece of history.


Part One is about 32 minutes with Part 2 at around 34 minutes. For your convenience, the full 64 minutes can be downloaded as an MP3 to be loaded on the device of your choice. Whichever format you choose, I hope you enjoy and learn a little bit of history from the vantage point of a industry icon. Thanks to Dan, Sharon, Benji, George and the Draper crew for allowing me and my camera to capture.

Part One

Part Two

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Since today is my birthday and we are so close to Halloween I’ll share some of my treats with you. Want to try a pair (2) of the toro sized Partagas Master Series thats exclusive to W.Curtis Draper? Leave a comment and tell me something that you found interesting or informative from the discussion. I’ll pick a winner at random. To be eligible you must submit comment before 11:59pm (Eastern US) on Sunday, October 30th. You can also give W.Curtis Draper a call (800-572-2382) and see if they have any boxes (10 count) left. Tell em Stogie Review sent you. I believe the box runs around $120.