We agree. Yes, we do.

As part of the Big Smoke 2018 activities, some of the biggest figures in Nicaraguan tobacco sat down with Cigar Aficionados‘ editors Greg Mottola and Andrew Naggy, to discuss why and how Nicaragua managed to export more handmade cigars to the United States than any other country in the world.

Joya de Nicaragua represented

Our very own Dr. Alejandro Martínez Cuenca, also known as ‘Dr. Cuenca’, was part of the select panel, and shared his experience and thoughts on how Nicaragua has changed tobacco, and tobacco has changed Nicaragua:

“It’s a completely different country,” said Martinez Cuenca. “More than 45,000 families [there] depend on cigars and tobacco today.” His Joya de Nicaragua brand is the country’s oldest, and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

From left: Senior editor Greg Mottola, Alejandro Martinez Cuenca of Joya de Nicaragua cigars, Rocky Patel of Rocky Patel Premium Cigar, Nestor Andres Plasencia of Plasencia Cigars and associate editor Andrew Nagy. Photo: Jacob Kepler / Cigar Aficionado.

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