Paul BK Garmirian earned his PhD cum laude in International Politics from the Catholic University of America in Washington DC in 1975. He lectured on Politics and International Marketing and managed his real estate firm in McLean, Virginia until 1990.
Paul Garmirian’s passion has always resulted in the enjoyment of fine cigars. This quest has led him around the world and journals of his travels are contained in his book, The Gourmet Guide To Cigars.
Paul Garmirian’s interest in cigars led to his 7 years of researching and 2 years of writing the Gourmet Guide To Cigars, first published in 1990.
The Gourmet Guide has been re-printed ten times including the Spanish version (1993) Guia Gourmet del Cigarro.
The publication of his book resulted in the opportunity to work with Hendrik Kelner, President of Tabacos Dominicanos and Eladio Diaz, his chief blender in Santiago, Dominican Republic.
What followed was experimentation and hard work by extremely skilled and talented Dominican artisans whose spirit and innovation fused the PG Cigar into existence.
The initial release of the PG line consisted of the traditional Cuban sizes which were introduced at Georgetown Tobacco in Washington DC in November of 1990.
The first PG cigars were officially released nationwide at a cigar dinner in Chicago on May 1st 1991.
The initial 7 sizes were all classic Cuban sizes:
Belicoso (First time the shape appeared in the US)
NO. 2 (Rothschild)
Following the great success of PG Cigars nationwide in 1991 the line has grown to 21 sizes from the largest 9 X 50 Celebration to the smallest Joyita 4 ½ by 26.
The PG Gourmet Series II was launched in 1999 in two shapes, Torpedo and Robusto. In late 2001 the Connoisseur and Belicoso Fino were added.
The Reserva Exclusiva, an exceptional cigar from 10-year old tobaccos, also arrived in late 2001 in Corona Extra and Belicoso. Churchill, Robusto and No. 5 joined the PG R.E. family in early 2002.
2005 was the 15th Anniversary for PG and a special full bodied blend was created. A Belicoso Extra was made in 1000 boxes of 15 and quickly sold out. In 2006, the blend became a line of 9 sizes, called 15th Anniversary.
During the blending of the 15th Anniversary PG came across a tantalizing full bodied blend which, after further blending, was released in 2006 in three sizes as the PG Soiree. Full bodied and tantalizing, the Soiree is the perfect after dinner cigar.
In 2010, PG’s 20th Anniversary was celebrated with a Limited Edition cigar (one size (6 x 52) that was made available to the top 25 PG Authorized Dealers. This rich tasting cigar covered in a dark and oily wrapper was so successful that very small productions, of different sizes, followed.
2015 marked the 25th Anniversary and was commemmorated with a ‘fantastic’ cigar according to many of those who have smoked it. The 25th Anniversary Connoisseur fits in a place of its own within the PG Gourmet Series at 7.5/10 strength.
In 2020, PG Celebrated 30 years with Gourmet Series III. A dark and oily wrapper adds to rich, full flavor with a medium to full body. This addition to the Gourmet Series line is exceptionally balanced with lots of intense flavors and a dark and delicious wrapper.
“With this project, we have made a cigar with the maximum of flavor while maintaining a smooth and subtle taste. That is why it is the Gourmet Series III.” Kevork Garmirian
Stories of Garmirian’s travels and experiences continue in his follow up publication to The Gourmet Guide: The Road To Cigars, Available late September 2023.