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Written by Kevin Godbee

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

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Miami, FL ... 15 October ... Aaron Sigmond's The Cigar Report brought their "Wall Street Smoke" to Miami last evening. The event was held at Grass Lounge (28 N.E. 40th Street, Miami, FL - 305.573.5003) ... an aptly named, tiki hut decorated, club in the Miami Design District. The evening, which commenced at 6:00 PM, and lasted three (3) hours, brought out about two hundred (200) cigar smoking, fun loving, networking, men and women 'about town.'

Cigar Rep Paul Hernandez
Cigar Rep Paul Hernandez at The Wall St Smoke
Once you got past the very beautiful and attractively attired women, who greeted you on behalf of the magazine and Grass, took in the imposing Harley Davidson at the entrance, you faced an array of cigar manufacturers who were happy to provide you with samples of their product and talk about their cigars and the pleasure of cigar smoking in general.

Notables from the cigar world abounded, as Cigar Review encountered Ernie Padilla of the eponymous cigar, Nestor Miranda of Miami Cigar, Louis Molina, Molina Cigar Co. (manufacturer of Devil's Weed), to mention just a few.

Sponsors such as The Macallan, Mount Gary Rum, Patron Tequila and Presidente, the famous Dominican beer owned by the makers of La Aurora and Leon Jimenez cigars, saw to it that our other appetites were whetted and sated. The libations were accompanied by some very unique hors d'oeuvres being passed around through out the evening.

There is no doubt that 'Sig,' The Cigar Report's creator and Editor/Publisher, knows how to do things properly. And, he most certainly knows his audience.

When it came to the actual cigars on hand, the canvas bags provided to each guest by The Cigar Report were brimming with the offerings of Altadis USA, Camacho (recently acquired by Davidoff), General Cigar, Cusano, Gurkha, Fonseca, Davidoff Zino's and much more.

We noted Abe Flores' Pinar del Rio being appreciated, and commented on, by a group of smokers, who had paired it with hefty glasses of The Macallan and Mount Gay. Drew Estate, the cigar was there, as well as Steve Saka, the company's CEO.

Tony Borhani's Bahia, with Tony himself in attendance. It was a pleasure to see that Graycliff's ever present Ambassador, Jean Edmund was there. Jean, having been with the Garzaroli family for some thirty years, is pretty much a fixture at events such as these. Known to many in the industry as "Jean, Jean the Dancing Machine," it was not surprising that Alejandro Alcorta, proprietor of Puros Fine Cigars, commented to someone that, "That guy was dancing around all night!"

Very popular, as always, were the cigars of La Flor Dominicana. Litto Gomez' fabulous smokes were sporting a new, elegant, distinctive band, as Brad Arlington of LFD pointed out to me.

There were several attractive items raffled off towards the end of the evening, sadly, no one went home with the Harley, nor any of the beautiful Wyler Genève watches on display. I did note Paul Hernandez, rep for brands such as Tatuaje, Xikar, Fonseca and Illusione leaving Grass with a beautiful humidor tucked under his arm!

I left with having smoked a few great cigars; a few great cigars in my pocket and the satisfaction of knowing that cigars are making a lot of people very happy.


The Front Door

Kevin Casey, General Cigar With Padilla Rep

Molina Cigar Co. - Devil's Weed Cigars

Brad Arlington, La Flor Dominicana

(L To R) Carlos Escalone, Camacho; Hector Paz & Uramis Toledo & Nestor Miranda All Of Miami Cigar & Company



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