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Kevin Godbee
In Part III and the conclusion of our interview with Alan Rubin, the President of Alec Bradley Cigars, we talked about industry challenges, such as the FDA threat and taxation.

We discussed the challenges that Alec Bradley faces as a company, and we learn about some of the real people, families and lives that are touched by this fast growing, popular boutique cigar company.

Alan describes an fascinating method on how to determine the amount of flavor a wrapper contributes to a cigar. It’s a trick question, but he got it right. You’ll hear some interesting information on the Maxx cigar, and find out what Alan’s favorite cigars is. Sort of. He had a great answer to the question, so watch for it near the end.

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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.

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By Kevin Godbee
I first met Alan Rubin in June 2008 at a special event for the unveiling of the Tempus Cigar.
The affair took place at the Hard Rock Cafe Hotel & Casino’s shopping campus – specifically at the jazz club Jazziz in Hollywood, Florida. Jazz Artist Jesse J. performed at the soirĂ©e, there was food and drink, and of course, amazing Tempus cigars. My friend and business associate at the time, the late Gary J. Arzt conducted an impromptu video interview with Alan, which we published on the cigar e-zine I owned at the time. Three months later I was bought out and signed a 3-year non-compete.

Well … three years went by much faster than I thought and I am pleased to have our "Cigar Cool" interview column’s second feature focus on conversations with Alan Rubin. Alan is of course, the President and Founder of Alec Bradley Cigars. For those that may not know, the company is named for Alan’s two sons. When he started the company in 1996, they were approximately 3 and 1 years of age, or less. Now, they are 19 and 16 years old. How time flies when you’re having fun.

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