The Art of Cigar Rolling at Graycliff Cigar Company, with Rum Tasting
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Ah, the Graycliff. Once a pirate's mansion, now a luxurious boutique hotel and five-star restaurant. Wonderful, yes, but owner Enrico Garzaroli didn't stop there. He loved a good cigar, but felt none on the market lived up to the cuisine served in Graycliff's restaurant. Like any sensible entrepreneur, he hired Fidel Castro's former personal cigar roller, Master Torcedore Avelino Lara, to create a signature blend. And so Graycliff Cigar Company was born in 1997.
Since that date, the company has grown to a staff of 16 master rollers and wowed the cigar-smoking world. Graycliff's trophy shelf is filled with several prestigious awards, including France’s Club Cigare’s 2001 Cigar of the Year Award, The Robb Report’s Best of the Best in 2003 for the Crystal and again in 2004 for the Espresso, and the Chateau Grand Cru in 2006, also earning accolades from Top25Cigars.com, including Best Boutique Cigar Company.
After a brief lesson on the history of tobacco, where the best leaves are grown, and exactly which ones to blend for the superior flavor in Graycliff's award-winning cigars, it's time to roll. You'll learn how to sort, clean, and roll a cigar. As mementos (and proof) of your experience as a real torcedore, you'll bring home your own hand-rolled cigar, plus another Graycliff masterpiece, as well as a cigar cutter.
But that's not the end of this experience. You'll also hoist glasses of rum. (Remember, Graycliff's original owner was a pirate, after all.) Sipping on the Bahamas' very own Bacardi and sampling other first-class rums, including Mount Gay, Barbancourt, and many more, from around the Caribbean isles. All the better to toast the GoBe good life.
The Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 marked Britain's most glorious naval victory and, sadly, Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson's death. To preserve the returning hero's body for a state burial, the crew submerged him in a cask of rum. But, by the time the ship docked, there wasn't a drop of liquor left. Seems some crafty sailors drilled a hole in the cask to keep the rum flowing. That's why this spirit is sometimes called Nelson's Blood. Nickname aside, your rum tastings will be corpse-free.
Non-refundable if canceled within 24 hours of requested services.