The Cigar Traveler hosted by Myron Gooch Sr. Marrero Cigars at IPCPR 2017.
Marrero Cigars was established in 2014, but it really started when Joel Vazquez Marrero was about 8 years old. His family would go visit his grandparents every Saturday and as they opened the door to their home in Brooklyn, NY, the aroma of Abuelo (Grandpa) Marrero’s cigar would fill the house as the family would play their guitars, smoke their cigars, and enjoy their favorite rum.
Fast forward almost thirty years later…Joel was playing golf with a friend who suggested that smoking a cigar would help his golf game. He declined (not being a smoker at that time), but after having a poor golf round, he decided to try a cigar the next time he played. As he lit up on the first tee and drew on the flavors of the blend, he was transported back to his time with his grandfather. At that time, he knew that he had to learn all he could about cigars and the blending of the leaves, and that work continues today.
Blending the tobacco is one of Joel’s most fulfilling things to do. And, watching someone enjoy that blend as it takes him or her on a wonderful journey makes this the best job in the world for him. He has owned a lounge and run a cigar factory. His quest comes from his passion and respect for the leaf and although he knows he cannot learn every detail about cigars, tobacco and blending, he has vowed to never stop trying.