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