Rocky Patel’s booth was among the most elegant, and featured beautiful glass display cases throughout which displayed boxes of cigars adorned with decorative floral arrangements. Rocky’s boxing and packaging is always on point, and of course his cigars have the quality to match.
All in all, a very classy, inviting layout from Mr. RP.
Gorgeous floral displays were commonplace at the RP booth
At the Ashton booth I was treated to a La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor (an Ashton brand), and enjoyed it with Ashton creator Robert Levin, his daughter Meera and son Sathya.
The booth was also very elegant and created the feeling as if you were window shopping at a very high end designer clothing store.
L To R: Sathya Levin, Robert Levin, Cathy Horvath-O’Shea, Meera Levin, Colm O’Shea, Kurt Bradley
Robert created Ashton in 1985 in Philadelphia, PA where they are still based out of to this very day.
The Quesada booth was a little more intimate, and afforded showgoers to the opportunity frequently interact with the legendary Manolo Quesada who proudly had his 75th Anniversary cigar on display for all to see.
Raquel Quesada (Manolo’s daughter) is among today’s rapidly growing crop of SOTL (Sister Of the Leaf) influencers, and was on hand to offer me a Casa Magna Connecticut, the perfect mild yet characterful cigar to kick off my final day.
The Quesada 75th Anniversary
It came as no surprise that Toscano was officially awarded as ‘Best Small Booth’ for PCA 2022.
Their setup instantly made me desire a coffee, as it was made to resemble a sleek Italian coffee shop.
The new Toscano ‘Master Aged’ series was on display. Master Aged feature the trademark rustic wrapper and come in the numbers 1, 2 or 3.
Each release is undoubtedly full-bodied, but differ from each other as a result of either the fire curing process, the aging period or the tobacco (tobaccos from Kentucky, Tennessee and Italy are used).
Toscano were also the sponsor and host of a ‘members cocktail hour’, which saw attendees enjoy a complimentary cocktail (I enjoyed a Negroni) and nibble on charcuterie while American Brand Ambassador Michael Cappellini proudly educated and delighted guests with a new Master Aged Series cigar.