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July 2007

The Cigar and Cognac Conundrum

Posted: Jul 31, 2007 3:43pm ET

Sometimes this antismoking dementia gets in the way of my doing my job. The other night I was invited to a dinner hosted by Remy Martin. The point was to show off its 1738 Accord Royal, technically a VSOP, but the company characterizes it as being a notch above that premium level, even while its not old enough to be termed XO.

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A Smoke After A Smoky Meal

Posted: Jul 20, 2007 2:53pm ET

Normally, the news that my livery car is running 15 minutes late doesn’t make me happy, but last night was an exception. Savona and I had just left dinner very pleased, having been the guests of Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue (ward.

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Why a Culebra?

Posted: Jul 17, 2007 11:07am ET

The culebra cigar shape has always flummoxed me. Spanish for snake, a culebra is a crooked viper of a cigar, usually packaged in a set of three intertwined around each other. It’s novel, but what would possess anyone to roll tobacco in that way? They’re hard to package, weird to smoke and they don’t fit in any cigar case I know of.

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