As a FineTobaccoNYC.com Contributing Editor and CRAAmbassador, I was happy to attend the event and see my friends Louis and Chris (among others) at the Madison Ave. shop.
For the tenth anniversary, we commissioned URNY, a local Brooklyn artist to create some artwork that expresses the spirit and attitude of the Zino line. Guest met the artist as they were at the shop creating their great artwork and also signing giveaways and boxes for those who purchased a box of these great smokes. This new blend of cigar is a spectacular medium bodied smoke in a Toro format.
Fernando & Mike of UR New York
It was a very nice catered event with a complimentary Chivas Blended Scotch Whisky bar. A great evening at our Madison Avenue Lounge.
Cigar Landing recently moved downtown to South Street Seaport in New York City’s Financial District. The website launch party and casino night featured a “pop-up” casino with poker and craps along with cigars and drinks (they have a BYOB policy). As part of casino night, customers could join in the games with $20, which included one cigar, and $1,000 in play chips. About thirty people attended the event filled with conversation and games.
The Cigar Landing is a great cigar lounge to stop and relax. The lounge is off the main walkway of South Street Seaport (located at 150 Beekman Street). Three people are responsible for Cigar Landing. Adam Lim and Andy Oh are the owners of the lounge. Hiram Ramirez is one of Cigar Landing’s managers, and was responsible for creating the lounge’s website. You can check out the website here.
The event was a success, so be sure to stop by Cigar Landing when you are near South Street Seaport.
This last Wednesday, the FTNYC community came together for another great smoke-session. And what a night it was! We were on the penthouse level of the Ravel Rooftop in Queens. We had live salsa music, some of the guys took a beginner salsa lesson, a cigar roller rolling fresh stogies, bar service, and about 25 BOTL/SOTL there to hang out with.
Thanks to everyone who came out to make the event a success, and for BOTL Kelvin Batista for setting it up. What a great venue!
On Thursday, July 5th, cigar smokers from all over New York dropped by the Studio Square Beer Garden in Long Island City for an evening of drinks, smokes, food, and conversation. It was the first outdoor summer smoke of this year for FineTobaccoNYC, and the weather was beautiful. The cigar highlight of the night was Hispaniola Cigars, who are good friends of FineTobaccoNYC and a company that makes truly incredible, unique, hand-crafted cigars.
In my mind, the most special aspect of the evening was the venue. FineTobaccoNYC was given access to the beautiful Studio Square terrace, which included sales of Hispaniola Cigars, and a private bar with a selection of beers and spirits. For $10, cigar smokers received a free beer, a waived cutting fee, and access to the beautiful terrace. We also raffled off the entire line of Hispaniola Cigars, which, if you have smoked Hispaniola, you know is a steal for just $10 to enter.
The Studio Square terrace is open every Thursday, and we’ll be hosting more events there in the future. To join us as we smoke and hang out, join our event mailing list and like us on Facebook to get notifications of upcoming events and see more photos from this event!
Thanks to all who came out, and feel free to drop your comments in the comment section below! Looking forward to seeing you all at another event soon.
I was onsite this afternoon to cover Ventura Cigars’ event at the Nat Sherman Townhouse on 42nd St. Fellow FineTobaccoNYC.com contributing writer, James Bollen was on hand for the event as well. We were greeted by Patrick Hurd, Ventura’s General Manager.
Patrick told the Ventura story in an entertaining and compelling way, referencing their 100 year old parent company, Phillips & King International and the top of their corporate chain, Kretek International, makers of my favorite machine made cigar, Djarum Cloves. Ventura is from (duh) Ventura County, California, an LA suburb.
Patrick was featuring 2 of Ventura’s lines at the event; Pura Sangre & Estillo Cubano. The first line, Pura Sangre’s top stick (torpedo) was recently rated a 92 in Smoke Magazine and is a Nicaraguan puro. The line was named by Nestor Placencisa Jr., and means “pure blend”. The Pura Sangre line represents the Placencia’s 5 generations in tobacco.
The second line, Estillo Cubano is constructed from a Honduran Habano wrapper, with ligero binder/filler from both Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The name means “Cuban Style” and is rolled with a pigtail at the cap. This line has some good press going for it already, having earned a 90 rating (robusto) in Cigar Aficionado.
Also in attendance were the incredible staff at Nat Sherman. I am always educated walking into their world, and today was no exception. In addition to discussing the Ventura lines with them, I was brought up to speed on a quicker/easier way to fill my S.T Dupont lighter. (more about that in another post).
In a future post, FineTobaccoNYC.com’s Editor in Chief, Matthias Clock will be reviewing Ventura’s wares for your reading pleasure.
To sum up, the 5 year old Ventura Cigar Company hosted a nice event and FineTobaccoNYC.com was there to provide a recap for our readers.
As always, please shoot me an e-mail with any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org @BigRonnie