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It’s finally here. The festival that cigar lovers look forward to all year has arrived. My day zero photo recap may be a little scant as most of the day was spent traveling (a 3:30 am wake-up time is never fun), but I still enjoyed a couple amazing cigars and caught up with some old friends.

The official day one featured a boat trip to Saona Island, a gorgeous island a few miles off the main coast of the Dominican Republic. It was hosted by Tabacalera de Garcia, and featured many of their amazing cigars but particularly their new H. Upmann Grupo de Maestros. It is a delicious, light-bodied cigar with a Connecticut wrapper and I ended up smoking three (so obviously I hated it). They took us to the island and there we enjoyed lunch and a lesson in cigar tasting from their cigar maestros.

Dinner was on Minitas beach and was a celebration of Tabacalera’s 50th anniversary. Each attendee was given a very special box with a cigar blend that Tabacalera made 50 years ago. It features an Indonesian wrapper, Alor binder, and Dominican piloto, alor, and Connecticut broadleaf filler. It is a very special gift. It was a gorgeous evening on the beach but enough of this, let’s check out the photos.

*Note: None of the photos have been edited so I guess, #nofilter. 

Dinner at the Altos de Chevron
Getting the party started
A gorgeous night on the beach celebrating TDG’s 50th
procigar recap day one
The TDG team
Fire dancers
The special boxes TDG gave out with one of the cigars they first blended 50 years ago with an Indonesian wrapper
Tasting the cigars

Javier Elmudesi, manager of Tabacalera de Garcia, talks about his cigars
Smoking the amazing H. Upmann Grupo de Maestro
The tasting table
Doing a tasting with the master blenders of the H. Upmann Grupo de Maestro
Editor Brian

Smoking a PDR small batch series
Stopping for a swim
Press friends and Eddy Guerra
Smoking a Montecristo White Series
Our ship to Saona Island

For a recap of last year’s festival, check out this video:

For more, check out our full guide to ProCigar. Here are our recaps for ProCigar day two, three, four, and five.

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