By Andrew Z. Galarneau
Gregory Corbi went to Honduras and Nicaragua to follow the cigar-making process from tobacco seed to the curing barn to the rolling table. He returned from the three-week education last March and started up a career as the only cigar roller in Western New York.
Gregorio, pictured above, is unveiling his steampunk take on handmade cigars – “Cigars by Gregorio” – for retail sale at Nice Ash Cigars (5334 Transit Road, Depew, 685-7970) from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. tonight.
“I do rolling regularly behind closed doors, and at private events, but tonight for the first time people will be able to come in to the store and buy Gregorio cigars,” said Corbi, who is the marketing director at Nice Ash. Customers can fire up cured or rolled-while-they-wait stogies for $6.50 a throw at tonight’s event.
Corbi has developed two specialty blends of tobacco from Ecuador, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and Honduras. He explains more at GregorioCigars.com.
“People will be coming out to smoke a fresh hand-rolled cigar,” he said, “because they haven’t been ably to do that anywhere in Buffalo.”