Written by Kevin Godbee

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

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the big smoke

Friday Night at the Las Vegas Big Smoke (Continued)

What's better than Jack Daniel's on the rocks? Jack Daniels on the rocks poured by smiling hot babes!

Jack Daniels in hand, we proceeded to the check out the General Cigar booth.

General Cigar - Macanudo 1968


I'm Ed Layman. I work for General Cigar. I'm a brand manager for them. In particular, the General Cigar Dominicana brands which include the Macanudo, the Cohiba, and the Partagas. This is actually a new one that we just released a couple weeks ago. It's a new kind of fuller flavored Macanudo. We have a Honduran wrapper. The binder is a Habano binder that we grew in Connecticut and it has some tobacco from Nicaragua, particular from the island of Ometempe. General Cigar has exclusive tobacco from this island and we've cultivated it enough where it has some very wonderful flavors and we wanted to kind of introduce this into the Macanudo to kind of round out the whole brand. As far as a platform is concerned, it’s a fuller-flavored Macaundo. It's not like the cafes or the Maduros or the Robustos. It has a very unique flavor. We hope to say that it’s kind of exclusively Macanudo.









General Cigar - Don Tomás

My name is J.T. Gervin. I'm Senior Brand Manager of Marketing for General Cigar Company. We're offering our Don Tomás line in a Maduro. We also, with General Cigar, are offering a new Macanudo 1968. We have La Gloria Cubana and we also have Hoyo de Monterrey. Lots for the show this evening.











Toraño Cigars - Toraño Exodus 1959

Hello. This is Carlos Toraño and we are very glad and we're happy to be down here in Las Vegas. We are what, four or five thousand people enjoying a great time. Thank you for coming down. I appreciate it.

Oliva Cigars - Serie V

Kevin: Hello, what is your name and who do you represent?

Dave: Dave Wagner, Oliva Cigars.

Kevin: What do you do for Oliva Cigars?

Dave: I'm the national sales manager.

Kevin: OK. What's your favorite cigar?

Dave: The Oliva Serie V.

Kevin: Serie V?

Dave: Absolutely.

Kevin: What is the body, Medium-full?

Dave: It's a full-body cigar and it's very smooth.

Kevin: Nice. Thank you.

Next, we proceeded to get some food. There were all kinds of great gourmet foods. I didn't have time to ascertain the names of everything, but I was pleased to find several spicy dishes which I thoroughly enjoyed. I love spicy food and it was probably a good idea to help the flavors cut through the cigars and spirits we were imbibing in.

As we ate, I snapped a few shots of the crowd.

The Exhibit Hall at Big Smoke Crowds Waited in Line for Cigars, Autographs and Pictures
Jeff Geppert Shows his CAO Vision Box autographed by Cano and Tim Ozgener of CAO Cigars The CAO Vision Humidor / Cigar Box
Booth Babe at the Padron Booth Booth Babe at the Padron Booth where the backdrop amusingly makes it look like Jose Padron is enjoying the view
Middle - Jose O. Padron, Right - Jorge Padron Babes & Booze - a great combination

Padron Cigars

My name is Jorge Padron. I'm here representing Padron Cigars. It's our family business, and I'm here with my father, Jose Orlando who started this company 44 years ago and we're basically here enjoying this nice night with all these wonderful consumers that smoke our cigars and having a great time.

Big Smoke Part III

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