By Kevin Godbee
Here’s Part 2 of the full interview with Alan Rubin of Alec Bradley Cigars. In this installment, we talk about the origins of the company during the cigar boom of the ’90’s, and how that was ironically more of a challenge than an opportunity.
Alan goes into the quite interesting detail on the Fine & Rare Cigar, which has 10 different tobaccos in it. It’s a great story and a great cigar. While talking about it, he mentions that the Fine & Rare has a nicotine-kick, and I reply that I am a nicotine light-weight. The cigar is amazing, I thoroughly enjoyed, but I did not get a nicotine-buzz, which is good for me.
Watch what happens as I try to get detailed information from Alan about the types of tobaccos and their origins in the Fine & Rare Cigar. We also talk about the evolution of the business and the challenges presented in today’s market environment.
Part II of our interview is 17-minutes long, but once again, it goes by fast as Alan is a great conversationalist with always interesting answers to my questions. There are more links below the video to related content.
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Kevin Godbee is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of Cigar Chronicles. He started smoking cigars in 1998 and started an online cigar magazine & community site in 2005. (The site was acquired in 2008 and no longer exists.) He launched PipesMagazine.com in 2009, and in less than three years the site has become the largest trafficked pipe smoking related site, and the #1 Source for Pipes and Pipe Tobacco Information.
In the beginning of his career, Kevin worked in the hobby and specialty toy business for 16 years in sales, marketing, advertising and product development for three different manufacturers, and with his own company.
Over the last 10 years working in the online business, he has become an expert in Internet Marketing and SEO. Kevin is a Certified Master Tobacconist (CMT) through Tobacconist University, a member of Cigar Rights of America and is a "Media Member" of the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association. In his spare time he sings, plays guitar, cooks, and enjoys all the wonderful places to go and things to do in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, Florida where he lives in his penthouse bachelor pad. Kevin has been smoking cigars for 14 years.