I know! We didn't expect us to get to the second part so quickly, either! It's a banner day!
When last we left you, we were chatting with BFF Paul Maldonado, he of Maldonado Dynasty and the Mogul cigar.
Here are more awesome answers from a really cool dude with a fantastic premium cigar:
Q: What do you like best about
the cigar community?
Paul: I enjoy everything about
it. It all comes down to friendships and sharing moments in time; sharing
good laughs and sometimes even passing on some wisdom. It really is our
What do you wish someone
had told you when you started smoking cigars?
You’re going to own your
brand one day.
What piece of advice do you
have for new smokers?
Don’t worry about what
others are smoking or anybody who makes you feel like a neophyte, they all
started out at the same place too. Feel free to try as many cigars as you
want until you find what really resonates with you. And don’t worry about
saying the wrong thing, asking the wrong thing, or doing the wrong thing at a
shop - after all, we all made the same mistakes. Enjoy your cigar,
treasure the moment.
What is the one thing
you've seen a cigar smoker do that has made you want to scream?
I saw a cigar smoker -
actually, quite a few cigar smokers - thoroughly enjoy their Moguls — that made
me want to scream - inside - with joy.
How long did it take for
you to come up with the Mogul blend? Can you tell us about the tobacco
Coming up with the blend
took a long time actually. As with everything else I do, I like to take my time to create
something Extraordinary that will surpass the test of time. And I
definitely wanted to set the tone with our premier cigar, so it was imperative
that I focus on a blend that captured the essence of a Powerful individual with
dynamic characteristics: a Mogul.
The most important part of
the tobacco selection process was my desire to have a Brazilian wrapper for my
first cigar. I was not going to budge on that, despite the best efforts
of the old factory to introduce me to other wrappers, I knew The Mogul was
going to have a Brazilian wrapper and that was it. After that, it was
looking into tobaccos that complimented the wrapper with some balanced
sweetness, spice, and a very smooth finish.
What made you decide to
enter into the cigar world as a creator?
It all began when I took a
break from directing music videos and commercials. I was looking to find
out what else I wanted to do with life and I decided to travel abroad to search
for that answer. As it turns out, the idea for our company logo and
having cigars under the brand, came to me in that journey. It just made
sense to me and it looks like it was the right choice. The rest is
What's your favorite
beverage pairing with the Mogul?
Champagne. This is
such a non-traditional answer but I always recommend to people that they try
this pairing. I will usually go with coffee or a cognac but I prefer a
Rosé with my Mogul. I have to warn people, it’s an acquired taste but
such an exotic experience that’s worth trying.
What is your fondest cigar-smoking memory?
I think I was 23 or something and my m.o. became having a cigar in my hand, especially when I spent my summers abroad. I remember one summer, my much younger brother was spending time with me on his school break and I recall asking him to hold my cigar while I went inside. When I came back out, he was by the pool sitting back with a stylish pose, holding my cigar in his hand with a ‘cool look’ on his face. I had to stop and take it in for a minute (laughing to myself) and I realized he was imitating me. It was very funny to see; it’s not every day that you’re given a reflection of yourself and can witness the admiration a brother has for his older brother
If you haven't checked out the website or the cigars yet, you must. Go ahead. We'll still be here when you get back! And tell Paul we said "Hi!"