Friday, August 1, 2014

Five Questions With Nomad Cigar Company's @GodFadr, Fred Rewey

This is the second installment of "Five Questions". This week's guest is +Fred Rewey (Godfadr) Owner of the Nomad Cigar Company.

Nomad Cigar Company

1. Thank you for taking the time to do this. Fred, what led you to create your own line of cigars?

I believe if you are going to run your own business, you should love what you do. Consequently, I have almost always turned my hobbies into a business. The creation of a cigar company seemed a natural fit for me. I have been a cigar fan for almost 20 years. I guess it was just my turn to give it a shot.

2. What has been the most enjoyable aspect of creating your own cigars?

Aside from meeting new people, I have really enjoyed the blending process. It is more art than science. Sure, there is plenty of science in growing, curing, etc - but the blending…that is where you have to let the tobacco guide you - showcase what it wants to be. The more I blend, the more instilled in the art of cigars I become.

3. What is your typical week like?

I would say that I am “on the road” about 1 week a month. I tend to “stack” my events in a week or two, allowing me a bit more time home. That said, last winter I went to Nicaragua for a full two months. I spend too much time on social media and brainstorming marketing ideas that will never see the light of day.

4. Can you give any hints what may be coming down the pipe from Nomad?

For the first time [with the release of the C-276] I feel that Nomad has a complete portfolio. Not that I succumb to pressure, but I don’t feel any pressure to put out a cigar just to fill a portfolio. That said, I have two real candidates for releases sometime in the future (one LE, one production). It is time for another field trip :)

5. What are your personal top 5 cigars to smoke?

That would be tough, because I love so many different cigars (at different times of the year). Lately I have been smoking (in no particular order)….Avo Limited Edition 2009 Compa├▒ero, Willy’s Herrera Esteli, Jose Blanco’s Cuenca y Blanco, Ezra Zion’s Tantrum PA, and Dion’s Illusione 888