Cigar Aficionado

Foxwoods Bound

The Big Smoke at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods is only a week away. On Saturday, May 22, I’m going to be smoking cigars with my colleagues from Cigar Aficionado, a host of magazine readers and some of the best-known cigarmakers on the planet. Looking to meet executive editor Gordon Mott, maybe ask him a question about how we rate cigars? Want to share a smoke with associate editor Greg Mottola, or tap my brain about tobacco in Nicaragua? Here’s your chance.

The crowd is going to receive an A list of cigars. Alec Bradley Family Blend, Arturo Fuente, Ashton, C.A.O., Camacho, Carlos Toraño, Casa Magna (a former Cigar Aficionado Cigar of the Year), Cuba Aliados, Cusano, Diamond Crown, Flavours by C.A.O., Hammer + Sickle, La Aroma de Cuba, La Flor Dominicana, La Gloria Cubana Serie R, Macanudo 1968, NUb Habano, Oliva Serie G, Padrón, Panter, Rocky Patel, Tabacos Baez Serie H, Tatuaje, Te-Amo World Selection, Uppercut by Punch and Villiger 1888. Plus there will be free-flowing drinks from some of the top names in spirits, from Dewars, Glenmorangie, Remy, Macallan, Sheep Dip Scotch, Wild Geese Irish, Hammer & Sickle Vodka, Ron Matusalem, Classic Malt Collection, Oban, Singleton, Zacapa, Appleton Estate Rum, Don Q, Woodford Reserve, Tullamore Dew and icy Pilsner Urquell beer.

This is our second time at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods. It’s a cool, boutique hotel and casino on the grounds of the much larger Foxwoods casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Last year I saw readers who hadn’t been to a Big Smoke in some time, people from Boston, Providence, Rhode Island, as well as from the New York City area. Smoking laws have kept us out of Boston for years—the Bostonians were happy to see us back in their area, and we were happy to have them there.

If you’re in the area and you’re ready to have a smoke, join us. For more info or to pick up tickets, click here.

"Here's the full list:Alec Bradley Family Blend, Arturo Fuente, Ashton, CAO, Camacho, Carlos Tora¿o, Casa Magna. Cuba Aliados, Cusano, Diamond Crown, El Triunfador, Flavours by CAO, Fonseca, Hammer + Sickle, La Aroma de Cuba, La Flor Dominicana, La Gloria Cubana Serie R, Macanudo 1968, Nub Habano, Oliva Serie G, Padr¿n, Panter, Rocky Patel, Tabacos Baez, Tatuaje, Te Amo World Selection, Uppercut by Punch, Villiger 1888" —May 18, 2010 09:28 AM
"I forgot one in my list (and a big one at that) Arturo Fuente cigars will be there as well! Going to make the change now...." —May 18, 2010 09:25 AM
"Dave, Sorry I won't see you at Foxwoods. I'll be at the national restaurant show in Chicago. I'm thinking of hosting an "Italian Beef Sandwich Crawl" (similar to a pub crawl and likely to end up with the same level of gastric distress). Have a blast and say hi to all. AB" —May 14, 2010 15:06 PM