Wow, what a great event last night at the Metropolitan Society in New Jersey. As a cigar VIP (via Altadis’ John Conroy), I got a chance to meet the legendary Jose Seijas, vice president & general manager, Tabalcerla de Garcia (an Altadis company).
José made all of us feel special by giving an impromptu, but extraordinarily informative, presentation/Q&A session about his role at his cigar factory. In the world of premium cigars, there are only a few people who are peers with Master Blender José Seijas. Some say that José is to Altadis, the same way Benji Menendez is to General Cigar. It was definitely an honor to have him answer our collective questions.
With nearly 35 years’ experience, José is responsible for creating some of the world’s most notorious handmade cigars. These include Montecristo, H. Upmann, Romeo y Julieta, Trinidad, Mi Dominicana, and his signature series – José Seijas. I sat at the table with my friend John Conroy, a few regional reps from Altadis, and of course with Mr Seijas.
The Metropolitan Society was in a league of its own. Once I got to the main presentation area, I was immediately greeted by George Koodray, the president of The Metropolitan Society. He generously shared the rich history and the unfaltering devotion of their private club.
About the Metropolitan Society:
The Metropolitan Society was created in 1994 to celebrate and promote the responsible use of fine cigars, food, wine and spirits and, most of all, the good fellowship among our many members. Today, the club is the nation’s oldest non-commercial establishment of its kind. Metropolitan Society members regularly savor the elegant surroundings of their luxurious 4200 square foot domain, where they relax free from the intolerance and shrill of the anti-smoking crowd while fostering the camaraderie of others who share their enthusiasm for fine cigars.
You can read more about the Metropolitan Society Here.