Anyway, my Italian friend came into Alex’s cigar room and began looking around. And he was really impressed. After looking at an amazing selection of smokes on the grand floor, I took him upstairs to a room full of hundreds of cabinets of Hoyo and Punch Double Coronas as will as various Churchills.
My friend said in Italian: “Those are nice, the 50s of Punch Double Coronas.”
“Si,” I said. “Multo buono.”
“How much do they cost?” he said to me.
I thought that was sort of a strange thing to say. But I told him that they were probably $400 or $500 a box since they were aged. They were from 1997.
“I take two boxes then,” he said with a big smile.
He was serious! Alex’s cigar collection was so fricking big that my friend thought he was in a cigar shop!
I had to explain to him that it was a private collection of cigars and that they were not for sale.
“OH MY GOD!” he said, shaking his head. “I had no idea.”