As I walked in, I picked up a crystal chalice and a pamphlet describing each whiskey, cigar, and their recommended pairings. I was a bit surprised to find that there were no guides to lead us through the tasting experience. (I may very well be spoiled by Jose Blanco’s blending event). But extremely helpful BaDC members behind the bar gave generous pours to anyone who asked. The event could have easily evolved from a scotch tasting into a whiskey buffet.
The event quickly filled up with many young attorneys, talking shop, sipping on scotch, and perusing the cigar offerings. There were summer associates and young attorneys working in a variety of fields, ranging from criminal law to intellectual property, just to name a few.
The cigar station, with representatives from General Cigar, was stocked with an awesome selection of premium cigars. There were boxes of Artesanos de Tabaqueros, Macanudo 1968, several varieties of Punch, and Cohiba puro Dominicana. At their table, I struck up a conversation with Dan Mulvaney, the Director of Government relations at General Cigar. He works with state and local governments on tobacco policy and we talked about his contributions in keeping Pennsylvania free of cigar taxes. Keep up the great work Dan!
As I walked over to the spirits table, I was greeted by Daniel McGee, associate general counsel of General Cigar, who promptly poured a dram of the Laphroag 10 into my chalice. It was delicious. This is what he had to say about the event:
I apologize for the poor audio quality. But apparently, Daniel really likes the Artesanos de Tabaqueros.
Shortly thereafter, Daniel stuffed my shirt pocket full of tasty smokes. I ended up smoking the Plascensia Reserva Organica that he gave me. It was a well-balanced medium-bodied smoke with flavors of clove and a delightful floral aroma. Although not complex, I ended up nubbing it until it started to burn my fingers. Well done General Cigar! I Look forward to your future events.
Disclosure: I received complementary admission to the Cigar and Whiskey tasting event from Amy Yeung of the Bar Association of DC. I received cigars and a glass of whiskey at the event. My opinions are my own and are not for sale at any price.