David Savona

Back From the Big Smoke

Posted: May 25, 2010 9:30am ET
Saturday night, Mashantucket, Connecticut, about 8 pm. I’m standing next to the Quesada Cigars booth at the Big Smoke at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods, puffing on a Coronado by La Flor Double Corona and talking to Hostos Fernandez Quesada. A guy walks up to me and says hello. We chat for a bit, and I ask him where he’s from.

Foxwoods Bound

Posted: May 14, 2010 2:53pm ET
The Big Smoke at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods is only a week away. On Saturday, May 22, I’m going to be smoking cigars with my colleagues from Cigar Aficionado, a host of magazine readers and some of the best-known cigarmakers on the planet. Looking to meet executive editor Gordon Mott, maybe ask him a question about how we rate cigars? Want to share a smoke with associate editor Greg Mottola, or tap my brain about tobacco in Nicaragua? Here’s your chance.

Davidoff’s Dominican Wrapper

Posted: Apr 30, 2010 11:35am ET
I went to the launch of Davidoff’s newest cigar, the Davidoff Puro d’Oro, this week in New York City. It’s the first new Davidoff cigar brand (not counting limited editions) in a decade, and it’s a big deal because it has a wrapper grown in a new area of the Dominican Republic.

Smoking New Cigars with Tim Ozgener

Posted: Apr 26, 2010 10:00am ET
Tim Ozgener came by the Cigar Aficionado offices the other day with a few new C.A.O. La Traviata cigars in tow. Tim is the president of C.A.O. International Inc., headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, and La Traviata is his company’s latest brand.

Cigar Taxes Kill A Family Business

Posted: Apr 13, 2010 9:44am ET
When I heard the news I thought first as a reporter: Higher cigar taxes in Utah? Time for a story. I wasn’t  happy, but certainly wasn’t shocked. At the end, as I’m writing this blog, I’m simply sad.

Innovative Cigar From La Gloria Cubana

Posted: Mar 24, 2010 10:54am ET

I spent quite a bit of time the other day with Michael Giannini, director of marketing for General Cigar Co. and La Gloria Cubana. Mike came by the Cigar Aficionado office with Victoria McKee from General to give us an exclusive look at a new La Gloria Cubana that’s been in the works for a year and a half. 

Smoking Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Posted: Mar 17, 2010 2:00pm ET
I had some leftover candela, or green, cigars from the video shoot I did with Jack Bettridge on Irish Whiskey and cigars. We didn’t smoke the candelas on screen, but used them at the end as a little joke. In the video, I passed on Jack’s offer of a candela.

Of Storms and Saws

Posted: Mar 15, 2010 11:51am ET
The weekend forecast called for heavy rains and damaging winds. When the storm that has no name had finished pummeling southern Connecticut, more than 80,000 people in my state were without power, and an untold number of trees had fallen, the victim of wind gusts that peaked at near-hurricane speed, 70 miles per hour. One of those trees was on my street.

A Double Standard for Women?

Posted: Feb 28, 2010 10:36am ET
I was rooting for the American women’s hockey team on Thursday as it faced Canada, but I have to admit I was very impressed with the way the Canadian women celebrated their victory. About an hour after having gold medals placed around their necks, the team spilled back out onto the ice, smoking cigars, drinking cold beers and popping open Champagne.

A Lot of Tobacco

Posted: Feb 19, 2010 11:49am ET
Some people collect stamps, others collect fine wines, but the cigarmakers in the Dominican Republic collect cigar tobacco. The big companies that roll cigars here tend to have amazing stocks of tobacco—bale upon bale upon bale.

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