Saturday, November 9 Saturday's morning program is scheduled from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., followed by a sit-down lunch lasting until 3 p.m. Gordon Mott, executive editor, Cigar Aficionado and David Savona, senior editor, Cigar Aficionado are the co-moderators for the weekend program.
9 – 9:40 a.m. • Cigar Aficionado's Top Three Legal Cigars of 2012 Tasting. The top 25 cigars of 2012 were selected by our senior editors and announced on the Cigar Aficionado website in January, 2013. When you enter, you will be given a packet containing the No. 1, No. 3 and No. 4 cigars of 2012. (Cigar No. 2 is not legal.) At each of the morning cigar breaks, we will designate one cigar to smoke. Each is presented by the cigar maker onstage. At this first cigar break we smoke Cigar Aficionado's No. 4 cigar of 2012, Padrón Family Reserve 85 Years (Natural) presented by Jorge Padrón and José Orlando Padrón.
9:40 – 10:15 a.m. • Second Acts/Comebacks. Did you ever wish you could have another opportunity in a business that you love? Today's panelists are cigar makers that are embarking on a successful second act in the cigar business: Christian Eiroa (Camacho Cigars to CLE Cigar Co.) Jon Huber (C.A.O. Intl. Inc. to Crowned Heads LLC) and others. Gordon Mott and David Savona lead the discussion.
10:15 – 10:45 a.m. • Second Cigar Break, No. 3 Cigar. In this cigar break, Javier Estades, Altadis U.S.A., presents Cigar Aficionado's No. 3 cigar of 2012, the Romeo by Romeo y Julieta Piramide.
10:45 – 11:20 a.m. • Dominican Tobacco. A look into the state of Dominican tobacco and its role in the premium cigar industry. Our panel of Dominican experts includes Jhonys Diaz, General Cigar Dominicana, Jochi Blanco, Tabacalera La Flor de Palma and Seigfried Marushka, Tabacalera de Garcia Ltd. The discussion is led by Gregory Mottola, associate editor, Cigar Aficionado.
11:20 – 11:50 a.m. • Third Cigar Break, No. 1 Cigar. At this third cigar break we smoke Cigar Aficionado's No. 1 cigar of 2012, Flor de las Antillas Toro. Onstage are Pepin, Jaime and Janny Garcia to discuss their cigar.
11:50 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. • Cuba Update. Gordon Mott and David Savona, who travel to Cuba extensively, discuss the current state of Cuban cigars.
12:15 – 3:00 p.m. • Lunch with Altadis. Enjoy a delicious seated lunch hosted by Altadis U.S.A. Greeting you and sharing cigar stories with you are Altadis' Javier Estades, general manager, premium cigars U.S.A. Altadis U.S.A. and Janelle Rosenfeld, vice president marketing. In this open forum, you can ask questions or comment. There will be cigars for everyone.
Sunday, November 10
Sunday's program from 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. consists of three cigar seminars on a lighter note... involving a hands-on approach. Each is led by an expert.
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. • Cigar Lovers Breakfast. Start the day with a real Cigar Aficionado's breakfast. Chef Nicole Brisson from CarneVino will create a breakfast menu specifically designed for this cigar-loving crowd. Of course, we will find the perfect cigar to match this breakfast.
10:45 – 11:45 a.m. • Roll Your Own, Seminar No. 16. Michael Giannini and Leo Peraza of General Cigar Co. bring everything you need to create your own cigar including real tobacco filler and wrapper as used in a premium cigar factory. Follow along with one of La Gloria Cubana's most experienced premium cigar makers. Whether you've done this before or you are a new roller, everyone enjoys the opportunity to roll and create his own cigar and perhaps win a prize.
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. • Tennessee Two-Step This year's smoke-and-spirits tasting seminar features George Dickel Tennessee Whisky, a sour mash made smooth by the state's renowned process of charcoal filtering. An expert from the distillery and Cigar Aficionado's senior features editor Jack Bettridge will lead a pairing with a number of fine cigars.
Entire weekend program for $550. This fee includes Saturday and Sunday seminars, Saturday lunch and one Big Smoke evening (either Friday or Saturday, you select).
All tickets subject to availability. Event sponsor reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant. No phone orders.
A portion of the net proceeds will benefit Prostate Cancer Research, the organization seeking a cure for prostate cancer, a disease that eventually touches 50% of all men.
Cancellation policy: A full refund is available until October 31, 2013. From November 1–7, a 50% refund is available. After that date there are no refunds for any weekend packages or tickets.
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Must be 21 to attend.