Date: July 2019
Author: Inspector Z

Hamlet Paredes at Dutch Big Smoke. Rocky Patel Premium Cigars is sending their master blender to The Netherlands for the 2-day cigar event. He will be accompanied by Kolja Kukuk, Rocky Patel’s Managing Director Europe. And they will introduce the Hamlet Liberation robusto cigars to Europe.

Hamlet Paredes

Paredes rose to fame as a Cuban cigar roller. He represented Habanos in events all over the world. And then he decided to leave Cuba. Through mutual friends in London, Paredes was introduced to Rocky Patel. Patel employed Paredes and helped him to come to the United States. There, Hamlet became the in-house roller for Rocky Patel’s Burn cigar lounge in Naples. 

But that was not the end for Paredes. Patel offered him the opportunity to make cigars under his own name. And for Hamlet, working with other than Cuban tobaccos opened a whole new door for him. It introduced him to new countries, new tobaccos, new flavors. He said that the quality of the tobacco blew his mind.

Since 2015, Hamlet has released the Tabaquero, the Hamlet 25th year and the Liberation. There will be a new size, a robusto. The cigar will make its European debut at the Dutch Big Smoke. And it will be introduced by the man himself.

Ministry of Cigars Hamlet Paredes at Dutch Big Smoke
Hamlet Paredes rolling cigars

Dutch Big Smoke 2019

The Dutch Big Smoke 2019 is a two-day event. On Saturday, September 14 from noon till 9 pm, the event will take place in Cigaragua. Only 40 tickets will be available for that event. Tickets are for sale at €85 on and include 10 cigars.

On Sunday, September 15th, the event will take place at Restaurant L’Barrage in Alblasserdam. This is the main event, with 200 tickets available. The event will start at noon and will end at 7 pm. Then all the cigar celebrities will move to Jacks’ Cigar Bar in Rotterdam for an afterparty. There are 40 tickets available for the after party. The price is the same for every leg of the event, €85 including 10 cigars. Tickets for all events are available at but Jacks’ is also selling tickets for the afterparty.

Other confirmed guests at the Dutch Big Smoke 2019 are Jonathan Drew and Pedro Gomez Rodriguez from Drew Estate. Joya de Nicaragua sends Juan Martinez. Bradley Rubin is representing Alec Bradley. Bobby & Drew Newman from J.C. Newman will be at the Sunday events. Fratello’s Omar de Frias will be attending as well. And all of them will bring cigars new to the Dutch Market. J.C. Newman brings an event only Brick House.

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