Gordon Mott archive

March 2017

The Buzz in Cuba

Posted: Mar 15, 2017 10:25am ET

Every year at Cuba's Festival del Habanos, we hear rumors and news about what's happening in the cigar business. And, there's nothing like hands-on inspection of cigar shop inventories to get a sense of the real situation with Cuban cigars.

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Trading Cigars

Posted: Mar 8, 2017 12:25pm ET

A week at the annual Festival del Habanos, one of the world's largest gatherings of cigar lovers and cigar industry leaders, is like being at the best baseball trading card show in the world, except the currency is cigars. Not a day goes by when someone isn't handing you a rare, old cigar, saying, "You have to try this one," or directing you to more recent releases that are showing a new stage of evolution.

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Nights in Havana

Posted: Mar 1, 2017 3:25pm ET

Life is serendipity. A Canadian friend called as I was en route to the opening Monday night party of the 19th Festival del Habanos—a heavy thunderstorm had washed out the event, and he said guards were turning people away from the gate at the Club Habana. David Savona and I quickly jumped to Plan B: dinner at Santy, a small, very rustic seafood restaurant on the river in Jaimanitas just east of Havana, where the family's fishing boat brings the daily catch to serve each night.

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