Cigar Aficionado

Back from the Big Smoke

We’re back from Las Vegas, back from the biggest event from Cigar Aficionado magazine—the Las Vegas Big Smoke Weekend. This year some 4,000 cigar lovers from around the world came together to meet the biggest stars in the cigar business.

I say around the world with sincerity. The Vegas Big Smoke has long been an international affair. While most attendees come from the United States—with a hearty representation of Californians—the show always has good international representation, but this year it was particularly strong. There were visitors from Indonesia (long trip), Canada, Russia, the United Kingdom and a huge contingent from Brazil. I spoke several times to the Brazilian guys, and they were having a phenomenal time.

The best part of the show for me are the seminars. Gordon Mott and I led a variety of panels on various aspects of the cigar business on Saturday morning. We covered Cuba, tobacco hybrids, cigar sizes, and featured a tasting of Cigar Aficionado’s No. 2, 3 and 4 cigars of the year from 2010. Each one rated 95 points, classic on our 100 point scale. It was a treat to share them with our sold-out audience of 500 people.

Some of you couldn’t make the seminars because they sold out about six weeks prior to the show. For those of you who missed what happened, click here to read all about the seminars on Saturday and Sunday.

One of the new things we did this year was to talk about the show via our Twitter feed ( We came up with the hashtag for the Big Smoke (#BigSmoke) and tweeted as much as possible from the show, and followed the people who attended and gave us their feedback, which was overwhelmingly positive.

As I sit here puffing on a cigar while writing this blog (you didn’t think I smoked myself out in Vegas, did you?) I’m still a bit tired from the weekend. Every night goes a little longer in Las Vegas, every occasion seems right for one more dram of Scotch, every venue is appropriate for just one more cigar. It’s never easy coming back to reality, but it’s always a pleasure to be at the Big Smoke in Las Vegas.

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"See you at the Big Smoke NYC" —November 15, 2011 01:02 AM
"Test comment--- Anu" —November 8, 2011 16:55 PM
"I appreciate the comment, and I'm glad you enjoyed the Las Vegas Big Smoke." —November 8, 2011 12:58 PM
"I appreciate the comment, and I'm glad you enjoyed the Las Vegas Big Smoke." —November 8, 2011 12:57 PM
"I appreciate the comment, and I'm glad you enjoyed the Las Vegas Big Smoke." —November 8, 2011 12:56 PM
"Thanks for being there. If you come to the New York Big Smoke, we'll be there as well." —November 7, 2011 13:22 PM
"This was my first Big Smoke and it was Awesome. All the presentations were informative and entertaining but Carlos Carlito Fuente Jr. talk to all of us was the most heart felt and insightful of the day. Thanks to you David and all the folks at cigar aficionado that make this event possible. Might just have to go to the NYC BigSmoke too." —November 7, 2011 12:25 PM