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Journeys of Discovery: Inside America’s oldest premium cigar company in Tampa, Florida

The J.C. Newman Cigar Company, founded in 1895 in Tampa, Florida is the oldest family-owned premium cigar maker in America. Come along and join Bobby Newman at the family’s 110 year-old cigar factory in the heart of Ybor City.

Bobby shares fascinating insights about the Newman family’s 126-year history of making cigars and how to properly savor a stogie. The grandson of the founder Julius Caeser Newman, Bobby oversees the process of crafting premium cigars both by hand and with ancient hand-operated cigar machines. He also coordinates the partnership with the legendary Don Carlos and Arturo Fuente Cigar Company.Underwriting support for Journeys of Discovery provided by Nashville's Big Back Yard economic initiative focused on rural communities in the southwest quarter of Tennessee and the Shoals Region of Northern Alabama.

You are invited to subscribe to the Lowell Thomas Award-winning podcast travel show, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, featured on the NPR Podcast DirectoryiHeartRadioApple Podcast.

Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.
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