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Smoking Cigars with Southern Draw’s Robert Holt

It’s mid-June in North Carolina, and I’ve just arrived at the sprawling JR Cigars facilities for the Smokin’ in the Carolinas cigar festival. I have an early morning meeting with Robert Holt of Southern Draw Cigars, but, knowing only a little about the brand, I have no idea what he looks like. I make my way through the JR store and into the lounge where we’ll be meeting. The lounge is crowded, but right away, I spot who I’m positive must be Robert. His long salt-and-pepper hair is pulled back in a ponytail, he sports a beard, and he commands the room. There are a few guys standing in what could almost be considered a line to talk to him. I join the line. See more....

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