|Cigar Coop (L), Ernesto Perez-Carrillo (C), Lissette Perez-Carrillo (R)|
|Jeff Borysiewicz (L), Cigar Coop (R)|
The past 24 hours have been a whirlwind to say the least. Tonight I attended the E.P. Carrillo Cigars event at Corona Cigar Company in downtown Orlando. It was an evening where I got to meet and talk to two true cigar-ebrities and heroes of mine: Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, the legendary cigar-maker; and Jeff Borysiewicz, owner of Corona Cigar Company.
Ernesto is famous for creating one of the great brands in the cigar business – La Gloria Cubana. As many know, after General Cigars acquired La Gloria Cubana, Ernesto stayed on for a while before launching his own family business – E.P. Carrillo Cigars. The quality of the sticks are there – his Short Run was my #15 Cigar for 2010, (a great ranking for a year that I consider an all-time year for cigars) and his E.P. Carrillo Elencos Edicion Limitada 2010 ranked #8 on Cigar Aficionado’s 2010 list. I had a great conversation with Ernesto on cigars in general. I also got to meet Ernesto’s daughter Lissette – who also knows the business very well.
Jeff Borysiewicz, owner of Corona Cigar Company is a guy who I have always wanted to meet. I had visited his Sand Lake drive store several timea, but this was my first visit to downtown – and the first time I got to meet Jeff. Not only does Jeff have an outstanding franchise, but he is one of the true champions of Cigar Rights. If you are a Cigar Enthusiast, you need to thank Jeff for the hard work he has done to protect our rights. On a busy night, I was very appreciative that Jeff took time to talk to me – and even found out he’s read a couple of things on Cigar Coop! Jeff knows this industry and he understands tobacco legislation. He’s one of the hardest working guys in the business.
|Ernesto Perez Carrillo and Jeff Borysiewicz|
The conversations were great – and of course, so were the sticks. Perhaps the most special moment is when Ernesto said to me, “I have something for you….” I couldn’t imagine what it was. He comes back to me and hands me the “soon to be released E.P. Carrillo Maduro”. I was blown away!!! Thanks guys!!!!
|E.P. Carrillo Maduro – coming soon!|
Got this message this morning on Twitter from Ernesto. This was a nice surprise as the only thing I put out was a link to this post.