Last day in Vegas RTDA and I’ve made a few final purchases. Some pipes for the shops, a few more humidors, personalized Csonka travel cases (very cool) some humidifiers, lighters, cutters and ever a few thousand printed humibags…that should do me till next years RTDA 🙂
Off to The Parasol bar at Wynn hotel for a herf organized by Rob from Cigar Czars, a first rate Havana cigar specialist based in Brisbane Australia. Met up with George, Ron, Matt, Bob, Dag, Peter and many other friends and smoked some pretty awesome cigars.
….5 hours later 🙂 and it’s time for some dinner at Bouchon in the Venetian Towers with dear friends George and Amy, capping off our trip with another nice meal and some delightful Californian red (and a BBF or two)
I’ve enjoyed this years RTDA more than all the previous ones I have attended, there seemed to be a great “buzz” about for the whole week and it was great to put so many faces to names of friends I have been emailing for many years. I’m not sure the same buzz will be around in New Orleans RTDA next year.
So I’ve walked my socks off and lost a couple of Pounds in weight 🙂 and not lost my shirt at the Casino 🙂 now I’m heading off to Miami for a few weeks.
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100°F and they tell me its cool for this time of year but thats going to take some convincing!
This years’ RTDA show is bigger and better than any show I can remember. It never ceases to amaze me how many changes on a theme of a humidor are possible, but I think I’ve bought most of them now 😉
Monday night I enjoyed dinner with friends at the SW Steakhouse at Wynn Hotel (thanks for the Port, George!)
We enjoyed some custom blends at the Parasol Bar after dinner enjoying the half hourly slightly bizarre show by the waterfall.
It was great to catch up with Gary and Tim from CAO at the show and very kind of them to give me VIP tickets for their party at Palms Hotel featuring the Lynyrd Skynyrd band, followed by an after party at the Playboy Suite on the 34th Floor which was pretty cool. Plenty of booze and plenty of cigars, thanks for a great evening CAO 🙂
The show is a great meeting place and I bumped into Gemma Freeman from Hunters & Frankau yesterday and I can only tell you we have some very exciting and exclusive products coming up in the next few months…… watch this space 😉
Also had a chat with David Savona from Cigar Aficionado. David runs the cigar forums on CA and its a great place to learn about cigars.
Also bumped into Vito from the Sopranos! Fuggedaboudit! He’s bringing out his own cigar line and I wish him the best of luck with it.
Hung out with Bobby at the Fujipub stand and as usual he was handing out shots of Scotch which went very well with our BBFs….. thanks Bobby!
Dinner was at ‘Table 10’ at the Palazzo and was probably the best meal so far in Las Vegas. Highly recommended with an impromtu herf following dinner at the Palazzo bar. Nice to hang out with Marc, Jack, Barry and George and finish the evening off with a delicious bottle of champagne. I’ve been gifted more cigars than ever at this show so thanks to all, I don’t think there’s enough hours in the day to get through all of these smokes, but I’ll try my best 🙂
I’ll post up some photos of the various herfs at the show in the next 24 hours if all goes to plan, but for now the show must go on!
The long awaited launch of the new H Upmann has arrived:-)
First production batch in English Market Selection ( EMS) sure to please even the most discerning Havana cigar smoker.
The H Upmann Magnum 50 measures 6 1/4″ length and 50 ring gauge and was first seen as a maduro limited edition in 2005
Singles £14.50 http://www.cgarsltd.co.uk/upmann-magnum-p-5719.html
Boxes of 10 £139 http://www.cgarsltd.co.uk/upmann-magnum-p-5722.html
Cabinets of 25 £335 http://www.cgarsltd.co.uk/upmann-magnum-p-5723.html
Cabinets of 50 £669 http://www.cgarsltd.co.uk/upmann-magnum-p-5720.html
Expected next week:
The Hoyo Epicure Especial measures 5/12″ and 50 ring gauge ( gordito vitola) and was first seen as a maduro limited edition in 2004
Singles £13.50 http://www.cgarsltd.co.uk/hoyo-monterrey-epicure-especial-p-5718.html
Boxes of 10 £129 http://www.cgarsltd.co.uk/hoyo-monterrey-epicure-especial-p-5717.html
Cabinets of 25 £309 http://www.cgarsltd.co.uk/hoyo-monterrey-epicure-especial-p-5715.html
Cabinets of 50 £609 http://www.cgarsltd.co.uk/hoyo-monterrey-epicure-especial-p-5716.html
I smoked both of these cigars at the launch party in LOndon last month and can thoroughly recommend them