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LIGHTING UP THE NIGHT

ROCKY PATEL, ARMANI/PRIVE; SEPTEMBER 23.

LIGHTING UP THE NIGHT

It was 15th Anniversary Toros all round on September 23 when Prestige Hong Kong teamed up with Armani/Privé to welcome trail-blazing cigarmaker Rocky Patel to town. Patel may have been blown in on the tailwinds of the biggest typhoon to hit the city this year, but the prospect of meeting the Indian-born former showbiz lawyer, who has confounded the sceptics by making some of the finest smokes in the world, was far more persuasive than the fear of a shower or two on the venue's outdoor deck.

After a brief but eloquent address from the man himself, who'd flown in specially for the occasion, sticks were lit (some guests were fortunate enough to preview the eagerly awaited Rocky Patel Platinum), whiskey cocktails were poured, and a marvellous evening of mellow flavours and warm cameraderie was enjoyed by all who attended.