Lane: Welcome to the show today everybody. We have a special guest today Mark Thompson Southeast Regional Rep for Esteban Carreras Cigar Co.
Harris: It feels good to be back on after a few weeks off the show.
What are we smoking today on the show:
Mark: Esteban Carreras Bronze Cross
Lane: Esteban Carreras Chupacabra
Harris: Esteban Carreras Chupacabra Hellcat
Where does the Chupacabra name come from? What does it mean?
Mark: It is a mythical creature
The chupacabra or chupacabras (Spanish pronunciation: [tʃupaˈkaβɾas], literally “goat-sucker”; from “chupar”, “to suck”, and “cabra”, “goat”) is a legendary creature in the folklore of parts of the Americas, with its first purported sightings reported in Puerto Rico. The name comes from the animal’s reported habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock, especially goats.
Physical descriptions of the creature vary. It is purportedly a heavy creature, the size of a small bear, with a row of spines reaching from the neck to the base of the tail.
Eyewitness sightings have been claimed as early as 1995 in Puerto Rico, and have since been reported as far north as Maine, and as far south as Chile, and even being spotted outside the Americas in countries like Russia and the Philippines, but many of the reports have been disregarded as uncorroborated or lacking evidence. Sightings in northern Mexico and the southern United States have been verified as canids afflicted by mange.According to biologists and wildlife management officials, the chupacabra is an urban legend.
Mark: We are very committed to retailers. Our owner Craig Cunningham also owns a retail store in California. Our production is under 5 million cigars a year. We have 24 pair of cigar rollers. This is small, Perdomo has 300 pair rollers. Our master roller and blender is Gonzalo.
Esteban Carreras Chupacabra – Maduro Oscuro wrapper 100% Nicaraguan tobacco from three valleys four years old and received #2 cigar of the year from Boutique Cigar and Spirits Magazine this year.
Esteban Carreras Chupacabra Hellcat has a San Andres wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and fillers.
Lane: I like the cool nuttiness, its not in all nicaraguan puros. Pine nut, milk chocolate
Sean: I smoked the Ecuadorian Connecticut 12 year
Mark: Its a nice mild to medium
Sean: It seems like the big trend right now is that medium connecticut wrapper cigar
Sean: Mark what territory do you cover?
Mark: Dallas, Southeast plus a little northeast
Sean: Are you concerned about FDA regulations?
Mark: Costs are going up because of the cost of compliance and FDA user fees
Sean: What on the market are you excited about?
Mark: I have about 400 cigars at home of all different brands. Illusione, Perdomo, I really like alot of other brands.
Lane: I gave my dad a PDR conn nub size. My dad never smokes cigars so it was fun.