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From above the clouds of Guatemala to an exclusive cigar lounge in New York City

Shaun Tolson

On a typical night, the Johnson Club Room—a 1,700-square-foot exclusive lounge on the lowest level of the Nat Sherman Townhouse in midtown Manhattan—is frequented only by the store’s private members. On March 13, however, the room hosted almost six dozen of the city’s young and successful socialites, who flocked to the store to attend an exclusive Robb Vices event tailored to New York City’s subscribers.

Decadent food, expertly crafted spirits, and balanced, full-bodied cigars were prominently on display during the night, which reinforced the Robb Vices mission for being a guide to all things epicurean, entertaining, and enticing. Foie gras terrines and tuna tartare (along with other passed hor d’oeuvres), were prepared and served by the culinary team at Charlie Palmer’s Aureole, while guests enjoyed languid puffs from two of Nat Sherman’s newest blends—the mellow, nuanced Sterling and the rich and spicy 1930.

Nothing pairs with a cigar quite like an elegantly crafted spirit, and on this night it was Zacapa Rum that stole the show. Guests were introduced to the Guatemalan brand’s 23-year-old rum and its XO rum, which is finished in Cognac barrels. It didn’t take long for guests to appreciate the rums’ sweet, smooth, and complex flavor profiles, but for those who prefer their spirits in cocktail form, Zacapa’s brand ambassador was on hand, mixing up batches of the Zacapa Bobby Burns, a Manhattan-like cocktail that features the 23-year-old rum, Benedictine, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, and mole bitters.

As guests mingled throughout the evening, topics of conversation evolved from cigars and spirits to the appreciation of personalized interior design services. By the end of the night, as guests reluctantly donned coats and hats to brave the cold, they also clung to something less tangible—the next Robb Vices event—to warm their spirits. 

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