Posted on March 9, 2023
This Memorial Day Weekend, Big Smoke Meets WhiskyFest returned for its second run, offering a night of superb cigars, outstanding whiskies, and opportunities for pairings aplenty. The event took place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on May 28th, kicking off with a series of cigar-focused seminars for All-Access pass attendees. It concluded with a grand tasting of whisky and other spirits, supplemented by over 25 cigars, and live music.On the morning of the 28th, All-Access pass attendees enjoyed a Cigar Seminar program that included four seminars that highlight industry legends, among them Rocky Patel of Rocky Patel Premium Cigars, Carlos Fuente Jr. of Arturo Fuente Cigars, and Rafael Nodal of Tabacalera USA (which markets famous Cuban cigar brand Montecristo). A cigar-and-whisky pairing seminar also took place, with Whisky Advocate's 2021 Whisky of the Year—Lagavulin 11 year old Offerman Edition: Guinness Cask Finish—featured alongside Cigar Aficionado's 2021 Cigar of the Year, Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Torpedo. Alan Rubin, founder of Alec Bradley Cigar Co. (a newer addition to the cigar industry, though now in its 26th year), led a seminar along with his sons Alec and Bradley.
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