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2013 Big Smoke Las Vegas Evenings
G. Clay Whittaker
Posted: November 12, 2013
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The cigar aficionados in the ballroom washed down their food and cleaned their palates with cocktails and product ranges from whiskey makers Ardbeg, Bulleit Bourbon, rye and 10-year, Crown Royal, three blends of George Dickel, Glenfiddich, five blends of Glenmorangie, a wide range of Johnnie Walker Scotch, including the new Platinum, Michter's Bourbon, rye and sour mash. There were vodkas from Belvedere Vodka, elit by Stolichnaya and Crystal Head, which was served from an artful bar carved from ice, and rums from Zacapa and Zaya, plus Carpano Antica vermouth, a range of Guinness beers, Maestro Dobel tequila, Sandeman Port and Sledgehammer wine.
Rocky and Nish Patel, along with cousin Nimish Desai, drew long lines as patrons clamored for photo ops and a chance to meet the men behind the famous brand. Carlos "Carlito" Fuente Jr. of Tabacalera A. Fuente signed autographs for the crowd, and Cigar of the Year family members Jaime, Janny and Pepin Garcia from My Father Cigars also signed autographs as they handed out cigars.
The American Club's Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run golf courses sponsored a video golf-swing clinic, imaging the swings of anyone brave enough to step up to the tee and let pros analyze their style.
Glynn Loope and the crew from Cigar Rights of America also had a booth where patrons could sign up for the organization's membership, donate to the cause, and get information about protecting their rights to smoke in their home states and across the country.
Jorge Padrón said for him, the Big Smoke Las Vegas is a chance to shake hands with the fans of his product in person. "Coming here to the Big Smoke is really important for us," he said as he passed out Padrón 2000 cigars and shook the hands of excited smokers. "We get to meet all the customers—you know, there's a lot of consumers out here—and you get to talk them, get feedback on the cigars. Just meeting people—it's a very important thing for us."
At the Ashton booth, Robert Levin and daughter Meera handed out tubed Marquis cigars from their La Aroma de Cuba line, shredding handfuls of sheets from those now-famous ticket books each patron is given as they enter the showroom.
Those tickets littered the floor behind the booth of cigar star Jonathan Drew of Drew Estate cigars who worked the crowd along with Willy Herrera of Herrera Esteli, passing out Acid and Undercrown sticks to the waiting hordes. Herrera cracked a joke about making snow angels in the growing pile of hundreds of redeemed tickets.
The cigar lovers who went to the Big Smokes on Friday and Saturday night left with Cigar Aficionado bags brimming with cigars. The full list consisted of Acid, Aging Room, Alec Bradley, Arturo Fuente, Asylum, Aurora, C.A.O., Cain, Casa Fernandez, Casino Gold, Diamond Crown, Don Pepin Garcia, Dunhill, Foundry, H. Upmann, Joya de Nicaragua, Kismet, La Aroma de Cuba, La Flor Dominicana, La Gloria Cubana, La Palina, Macanudo, Montecristo, Nat Sherman, Oliva Serie O, PDR, Padrón, Partagas, Psyko Seven, Quesada, Rocky Patel, San Lotano, Sublimes, Tatuaje, Toraño, Undercrown and Villiger.
It was a smoker's paradise. Across the sold-out event, which spread over two nights, more than 4,500 cigar lovers crossed the threshold and joined the fun. But don't worry if you missed out on this one: Big Smoke New York is right around the corner.
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