Saturday, April 21, 2007

"Every day's a Holiday"

By Gary Korb

Last night, just over a dozen or so avid cigar smokers and I attended one of the best herfs I've been to in quite a while. Famous Smoke Shop hosted a cigar dinner with Graycliff cigars at Silver Creek Country Club, and even though a lot more people were expected, it turned out that having a smaller group made it all the more fun.

First of all, there were a lot more Graycliff Professionale, Chateau, and Espresso cigars to go around, and it provided the opportunity for everyone to get to know each other a little better. By the end of the night, it seemed that we had all known each other for years.

But besides the phenomenal cigars, the great scotch, the wines, and all the good food we were served, the highlight of the evening was Graycliff cigars "ambassador," Jean Emond. This jaunty gent, who has also had a remarkable career in the cigar business, kept the cigars coming and everyone smiling.

Jean presented a short history about the Graycliff Resort and Hotel in Nassau, Bahamas, and how they began produing premium cigars with the help of Avelino Lara. Moreover, he talked about the exceptional quality and variety of the tobaccos they use in their cigars. Jean, who also lives in the Bahamas when he's not traveling all over the world doing cigar events, also pointed out that the hotel has one of the largest and most coveted wine collections in the world.

Jean was the perfect host, moving from table to table, making sure everyone was having a good time. But the catch phrase of the night, which Jean intoned repeatedly as sort of a toast was, "Every day's a holiday!"

And let me tell you. For a guy with a dream job like Jean's, every day really is a holiday.

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