Martinez Handmade Cigars – Dominicans in New York City

We are not to ask what our country can do for us, but to think on what we can do for our country. This mindset has been planted in the citizens of the United States of America through the famous words of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. However, for immigrants that continue to embark into an unknown [...]

Notes on the Número 4 by Martinez Cigars

Antonio Genaro Martinez (1947 – 2002) arrived in New York in 1972 from Tamboril, Dominican Republic. Two years later, after working as cigar roller for a couple of local manufacturers, he began blending and rolling his very own, establishing Martinez Hand Rolled Cigars. Today – under the direction of his son, Jesus Martinez – the [...]

Pipe tobacco, dark chocolate, espresso and the ‘Lyric Pieces’ from Edvard Grieg

Pipe tobacco, dark chocolate, espresso and the ‘Lyric Pieces’ from Edvard Grieg

Just as I had been taking notes; searching in my memory for possible conceptual connections; considering all the things we might understand under the term 'taste'; and aiming at stretching the experience of the palate towards a multi-censorial bath, a first occurred, as I was given a pouch containing pipe tobacco, but without a name [...]