Saturday, January 7, 2012

Interview with Eric Newman, President of J. C. Newman Cigar Co. (12-15-11)

Here are the 3 clips from my interview with Eric Newman, President of J. C. Newman Cigar Company at Cigars & More in Libertyville, Illinois.  It was a pleasure to schmooze and share a smoke with the leader of one of the world's top cigar companies.  

For those who are unfamiliar with the J. C. Newman name, in addition to being a very important partner of the Fuente family, they own the following list of brands:

  • Diamond Crown (plus Diamond Crown Maximus & Diamond Crown Julius Caeser)
  •  Brick House
  • Quorum
  • Cuesta-Rey
  • La Unica
  • Rigoletto
  • Don Jose
  • Trader Jacks
  • El Baton
  • Alcazar
You might also be surprised to learn that J. C. Newman was the first cigar company to use cellophane sleeves for cigars, and they also introduced and popularized the Cameroon tobacco in the U.S. 

In this interview, we cover several topics, including (but not limited to) the company's relationship with the Fuente Family, the brand-new Nicaraguan factory called PENSA (Puros de Estelí Nicaragua S.A.), and what we might expect to see coming out in 2012.  Enjoy!

Part 1 of 3

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