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Big Smoke Las Vegas Evenings 2012

G. Clay Whittaker
Posted: November 12, 2012

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The crowd only got bigger for the Saturday night show, which brought the grand total of Big Smoke Evenings attendees to more than 4,000.

Set up next to the Glenmorangie booth, Larry Sherman stepped cautiously amid a growing pile of shredded-coupon confetti as his team took the numbered slips from patrons and passed out the Nat Sherman Timeless. Sherman took time to cut and light cigars for some of the patrons, and talked about the company's history and their plans for the future.

"I think it's really special about Big Smoke is getting to talk with a group of people so passionate about cigars," said Sherman. "They're so happy to be here-it's like trick-or-treat for them."

On the other side of the room were grand buffet stations with sliders and snacks from some of the best restaurants in Vegas. Tao from the Venetian offered braised shortribs on steamed buns. Lavo from the Palazzo was serving Rosemary Paninos with porchetta and crueolo cheese. Delmonico Steakhouse of the Venetian presented a classic steak tartare with traditional garnishes and rosemary lavash.

Nearby the Padrón and Ashton booths continued to shell out cigar after cigar to patrons who stretched lines around booths, while La Flor Dominicana's Litto Gomez and his son Tony handed out two sizes of Double Ligero.

Then, for the first of several times over the next two nights, the music stopped, the lights went low, and a Cirque de Soliel aerialist performed on ribbons high above the floor for all to see.

Lavo from the Palazzo was serving Rosemary Paninos with porchetta and crueolo cheese.
Lavo from the Palazzo was serving Rosemary Paninos with porchetta and crueolo cheese.
Spirits whetted everyone's appetite for cigars with a variety of rums, Scotches, whiskeys, and more. George Dickel poured three whiskeys: Barrell Select, No. 12, and No. 8; Zacapa Rum was pouring both its 23-year old variety as well as its X.O.; Crown Royal poured four varieties of its Canadian whisky. The folks at Zaya rum and Crystal Head vodka kept the drinks flowing, as did Guinness with a large table of their Black Lager and Maestro Dobel tequila.

Both Dewar's and Hudson Whiskey were offering a handful of options for attendees. Dewar's served Dewar's Signature and Aberfeldy 21, while Hudson featured their newest release: Monkey Shoulder. Talisker poured their namesake 10-year, as well as two varieties of Lagavulin and two of Oban. Michter's poured three varieties of organic vodka, a gin, and four of their whiskeys. There were offerings from Abelour, Wagner's Conundrum, and four options from Glenmorangie; Cigar Zin and Luna De Luna rounded out the wine pourings.

In all, the cigars passed out included blends from: Aging Room, Alec Bradley, Arturo Fuente, Ashton, Camacho-Room 101, C.A.O. Concert, Casa Fernandez, Casa Magna, CLE, Cusano, Diamond Crown, Dona Flor, Don Pepin, Dunhill Aged, E.P. Carrillo, Estilo Cubano, Foundry, Gurkha, Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado en Cedros, Joya de Nicaragua, La Aroma de Cuba, La Gloria Cubana Serie R, La Palina, Macanudo Crü Royale, Montecristo Las Vegas, Oliva, Padilla, Padrón, Partagás 1845, Pinolero, Pura Sangre, Rocky Patel, San Lotano, Studio Tobac, Tatuaje, Te-Amo Revolution, VegaFina Fortaleza 2 and Zino Platinum.

Watchmakers Oris, Carl F. Bucherer, Cuervo Y Sobrinos, and the cigar accessories folks from Lotus, and Vertigo all gave the smoke-obsessed guests plenty of bling to marvel at in between puffs.

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Comments   8 comment(s)

Jim Dudlicek — Hoffman Estates, IL, USA,  —  November 12, 2012 8:42pm ET

What an awesome weekend -- was my first Big Smoke in Vegas and it won't be the last.

BIGS — MILWAUKEE, WI, USA,  —  November 13, 2012 9:07am ET

Kudo's! What an excellent venuve for this years event. Great vendors, good libations and superb culinary delights is what keeps me coming back! And other than the very first one (which I missed :-( ) I've made them all. Thank you for another great event!

Thomas Laspia — Cary, Nc, USA ,  —  November 13, 2012 12:36pm ET

Attended Saturday Nov 10 Session. Great Job Aficionado, we had Great Time.

Christian November 13, 2012 1:19pm ET

Well reported Clay, It sounded like another great event.

LEWIS LEFEVRE — ELIZABETH, CO, UNITED STATES,  —  November 14, 2012 3:19pm ET

This was my 4th Big Smoke and 3rd in a row. I had a great time will be back next year!

AJ PACALDO — BAKERSFIELD, CA, UNITED STATES,  —  November 14, 2012 4:17pm ET

This was my first Big Smoke event. I can honestly say it probably the best three hours of my life. From standing in line waiting for 6:30 to hit, going from booth to booth snagging your cigar, meeting and getting autographs from the masterminds of the cigar world. Oh and taking pictures. I am already looking forward to Big Smoke 2013! Good job Cigar Aficionado!

Arthur Espinoza — Fontana, CA, USA,  —  November 15, 2012 2:04pm ET

My first time and what an awsome time. I was totally satisfied with the event. Next I'm all in. Long line to get in, got there a early enough to be in the first 100 or so to get in. It was well worth any wait. Plenty of cigars, dink and food for all. One of the best parts was meeting folks from all around the US with the same interest.."Cigars"! Can't wait till 2013!

Dave Rutherford — Calgary, Alberta, Canada,  —  December 25, 2012 11:10pm ET

First timmer what a great experience it will not be our last. Now we know how it works we can plan our conquest.

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