La Epic Cigars è una delle nuove (si fa per dire) Boutique Brand Dominicane emergenti, fondata da Dean Parsons nel lontano 2010, e sta facendo parlare molto bene di se. Qualità costruttiva e ottimi blend ne hanno velocemente decretato il successo commerciale e addirittura lo sbarco, lo scorso anno, sul mercato Europeo.
Le sue linee sono prodotte nella Rep. Dominicana, presso la manifattura Charles Fairmon (la stessa dei Kristoff) nota per la sua indubbia qualità produttiva, e sono al momento tre: Epic Maduro Reserva, Epic Corojo Reserva e Epic Gold (Habano) Reserva.
Segnalo che che a questo IPCPR (International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers) 2016 presenterà anche una ghiotta novità che speriamo di vedere presto sul mercato Europeo, i nuovi Epic Project E San Andres che come si evince dal nome indossano la famosa foglia da fascia Messicana:
Ma torniamo ora al personaggio. Frequento Dean Parsons da diverso tempo sui social, così ne ho approfittato per chiedergli una intervista esclusiva che consentisse anche voi di conoscerlo meglio e magari apprezzare i suoi prodotti.
Dean Parsons tell us something about your life?
A: I was born and raised in Canada. I am a former police detective SWAT/ERT Member from Fredericton, NB Canada. I left Canada in 2004-05 and moved to the Turks & Caicos Islands BWI to work as part of a real estate development team. We built a development and I was part of the development team and also sold the real estate for this project. In 2006 I started traveling to the Dominican Republic 2- 3 times a year to purchase cigars for my real estate clients that were visiting the Turks & Caicos. I began to learn about the industry and meet several manufacturers. In 2007 I began to blend a cigar for the Turks & Caicos Islands (Turks Select 1841) I launched this cigar in 2008 only available in the Turks & Caicos.
In January 2009 I moved permanently to the Dominican Republic to consult as part of a real estate development team on the north coast of the Dominican Republic and in 2010 I began to develop the concept for Epic Cigars and work on blends at that time. I began the soft launch of Epic Cigars in the USA in 2011/12 just retailing in a few USA retail shops.
When you decide to get into the Cigar industry? When your Epic brand born?
A: I’ve bee n in the industry since 2006 but the Epic Brand was born in 2010.
You are a cigar smoker, when your passion started?
A: I began first smoking cigars casually in my late 20’s in the summer on occasion with friends.
Talking about cigars, may you tell us more about your Epic line?
A: Epic Maduro, Epic Corojo, Epic Habano and a new cigar coming this year.
You choose the Dominican Republic to produce your Epic, there are stories behind it?
A: I chose the DR because I live here and I have been making cigars here since 2006.
Which kind of tobacco you like more?
A: I prefer Dominican and Nicaraguan binders and fillers. We use wrappers from Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico and other countries.
Do you have a preferred size on cigars?
A: I prefer a smaller sizes. 46 x 5 x or lancero size 40 x 7
How the cigar market is going on based on your perspective?
A: I believe the market is continuing to grow world wide.
How the consumer’s trend affected your brand? Did you care about it?
A: The boutique industry consumer is a very full flavor and medium to full bodied cigar smoker. This does affect the cigars we introduce to the market.
I’m a social media junkie. What do you think about the new digital media?
A: Social media is key and the most costive effective way for small companies to reach new clients.
Thanks a lot Dean!