The Best of Both Worlds: Big Smoke and Whisky Fest

It’s  happening: your two favorite events are getting together to serve up the ultimate smorgasbord. Cigar Aficionado’s biannual Big Smoke events are wildly popular and offer far more than just sitting in a hotel bar puffing on stogeys. The 2-day event is jam packed with social events, seminars moderated by top industry professionals and cigar makers all while enjoying access to the most popular cigars, fine dining and libations. Whisky Advocate’s Whiskey Fest is structured similarly and is equally as popular. I’m sure many are scratching their heads wondering, “why didn’t they do this sooner?”

The Springtime showcase is taking place in Hollywood, Florida on Friday and Saturday, April 3-4. The venue is the popular Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and special event rates have been pre-arranged. The schedule is stacked with activities while luminaries and industry icons from both worlds will be giving seminars and hanging out. On the cigar side, you can expect appearances by the likes of Fuente, Patel, Padrón, Carrillo and Gomez and you can take home a goody bag stuffed with the top cigars of 2019.

Oh yeah, you can also choose from a dizzying array of whiskies and spirits (reportedly over 100) with which to enjoy those wonderful cigars. Christmas comes in April as you can choose from event package and admission ticket options. Partial lists of cigars, whiskies and other spirits are below:


Aging Room, A. J. Fernandez, Alec Bradley, Arturo Fuente, Balmoral Añejo XO, E.P. Carrillo, Foundation Cigars, Hamlet, Henry Clay, J. C Newman, La Aroma de Cuba, La Aurora, La Flor Dominicana, My Father Cigars, Nub, Oliva, Padrón, Plasencia, Rocky Patel, Romeo y Julieta, Tatuaje.


Bird Dog Whiskey, Calumet Bourbon, Dewar’s, Elijah Craig, Four Roses, Gentleman Jack, Heaven Hill, Henry McKenna, Jack Daniel’s, Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co., Larceny Bourbon, Old Fitzgerald, Parker’s Heritage Collection, Pikesville Rye, Sinatra Select, Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey, Templeton Rye, Zaya Rum.

Visit the official web page of the Big Smoke & Whisky Fest for complete information on events, accommodations and  tickets.- In Fumo Pax!

Big Smoke & Whisky Fest

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