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Big Smoke Evenings, Las Vegas

Andrew Nagy
Posted: November 16, 2010

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There was also a handful of cigar accessories makers there displaying products and taking orders.

Cutters and lighters were put on display by Colibri and Xikar; Liebherr educated attendees on the benefits of cigar refrigeration while Rabbit Air displayed its MinusA2 Air Purifier; Diamond Crown had a table of elegant humidors as did Daniel Marshall, who personally signed one of his humidor designs.

Two gentlemen who traveled from Montreal, Quebec, Eric Gaudreault and Karl Frigan, were particularly excited for the spirits selections, as they were unaware the offerings were going to be of such high quality.

Fritz Feuerherm from Minnesota poses next to two beauties: a Corvette ZR1 and booth model.
Fritz Feuerherm from Minnesota poses next to two beauties: a Corvette ZR1 and Dani Reeves.
"I got a Zacapa rum right now," said Frigan. When told that Macallan single-malt Scotch also had a booth and they were pouring 12- and 15-year expressions, a smile appeared on his face. "Guess I know where I'm going next."

Scotch whisky Glenmorangie also had a booth, as did Irish whiskey Tullamore Dew and Canadian whiskey Crown Royal; tequila brands Patrón and Milagro served as well; Ron Abuelo and Appleton rums could be sampled; Cognac was provided by A. de Fussigny and Courvoisier; and also available was Bombay Sapphire gin and vodka distillers Crystal Head, Hammer + Sickle and Ultimat. Foster's beer and Sledgehammer Wines provided a lighter alternative.

The Casa Fuente "booth" was decked out with bamboo chairs and wooden tables, essentially doubling as a lounge. A bartender offered samples of Don Q rum to sip on while boothgoers enjoyed the moment of rest.

Four automobiles were on display, including two from Chevrolet, a Neiman Marcus Edition Camaro Convertible that was the color of Bordeaux and a sky blue Corvette ZR1.

Arturo Sandoval puts on a show at the Fuente booth.
Arturo Sandoval puts on a show at the Fuente booth.
Some chose to take a load off at the Team La Gloria Cubana booth, albeit not necessarily a relaxing one. At the booth, Master Roller Leo Peraza, who has rolled cigars for 53 years, could be seen putting attendees through a crash course in how to roll their own cigar.

A particularly memorable moment occurred at the Saturday night party when famed jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval played an impromptu jam at the Arturo Fuente booth.

Like the Sirens of Greek mythology, Sandoval's brass playing called out, stopping conversations and encouraging an entranced crowd to form around the four-time Grammy winner.

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ANTHONY BLAKE — SANTA PAULA, CA, UNITED STATES,  —  November 16, 2010 5:43pm ET

Nice report... too bad I missed it...

A couple of typo's need to be fixed in the article... it's "Sacramento" not "Sacremento" and it's "avocado" not "avacado"... just thought you'd like to know...

Dean Berghorst November 16, 2010 9:08pm ET

I totally enjoyed the Big Smoke this weekend. My friends and I will be going again next yr for sure. The food, liquer, and best of all, the cigar manufactures were worth every penny spent to attend this event.

Dean Berghorst

Joe Comeau — Clayton, NC, 27527,  —  November 16, 2010 11:31pm ET

Saturday evening was fantastic. Great smokes, great spirits, camera shots with Rocky, Carlito and Arturo Sandoval. And Arturo ended the evening with "God Bless America" that inspired a sing-along. How fitting. Will definitely be back next year.

Andrew Nagy November 16, 2010 11:34pm ET

Thanks, Anthony, for catching my oversights. Apparently sriracha and étouffée are the easy ones for me... :)

Steven Sumegi November 18, 2010 12:52am ET

hey how much was each ticket for entry of both days?

Tom November 19, 2010 9:48am ET

Anthony, pointing out typos in someone's article is really petty.

Steven, ticket prices are a hefty $240 pp for each night. You don't really get your moneys worth but it is a good time.

Would like to see vendors have more giveaways and surprises like in the past. Tommy Bahama is no longer a fixture, that is tragic.

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