Big Day at the Big Smoke

Today was jam packed with activity here in Las Vegas at the Big Smoke. At nine a.m. the doors opened to our cigar seminars (they sold out around one month ago) and the room was filled with cigar lovers from around the United States and abroad who were eager to hear from their favorite cigarmakers and get Cigar Aficionado’s version of cigar school.

You’ll read all about it next week with our extensive coverage, but here’s a quick sample: a tasting of the top three cigars of the year (Casa Magna, Padrón 80 Years and Litto Gomez Diez Chisel), a seminar on how cigars are made from seed to shelf, a seminar on Cuba, one on boutique cigars and another on how organizations such as the CRA, Cigar Association of America and IPCPR are fighting for your right to smoke. And we also had a special video prepared showcasing the best of Cigar Aficionado’s Cigar Cinema, our video section.

It was a wonderful day, and I was busy, leading two of the seminars and puffing away on those great cigars. The crowd had a blast. After the seminars concluded, we went to lunch, hosted by the Fuente family. They handed out two cigars, including a 12 year old (!) Fuente Fuente OpusX.

I’d write more, but it’s almost time for tonight’s Big Smoke evening session. No rest in Las Vegas!