Posted: Dec 6, 2009 2:19pm ET
Eight a.m., Estelí, Nicaragua. I haven’t had breakfast but I’ve already lit my first cigar.
This is how I live when I’m in Nicaragua, home to some of the finest premium cigars on the planet. I’ve been here this week meeting with cigarmakers and tobacco growers who have come together for the first Nicaraguan cigar festival.
Posted: Dec 1, 2009 10:26pm ET
I got up early this morning and left frosty New York for sunny Miami, and spent the day with Jose Oliva, vice president of Oliva Cigar Co. in Miami Lakes. The family-run company is one of the true success stories in the cigar industry: the Olivas make great cigars for a good price, using copious amounts of Nicaraguan tobacco that they grow themselves.
Posted: Nov 14, 2009 8:25pm ET
Today was jam packed with activity here in Las Vegas at the Big Smoke. At nine a.m. the doors opened to our cigar seminars (they sold out around one month ago) and the room was filled with cigar lovers from around the United States and abroad who were eager to hear from their favorite cigarmakers and get Cigar Aficionado’s
version of cigar school.
Posted: Nov 13, 2009 12:43pm ET
It’s Big Smoke time, so I’m in Las Vegas with much of the premium cigar industry, puffing away and enjoying the city. We started in style yesterday with a little Cigar Aficionado
welcome party at Rhumbar
at the Mirage Hotel. Rhumbar is a great spot—stark white on the inside, very hip, with caged metallic statues of fighting roosters suspended above the bar. And yes—it’s entirely cigar friendly. My favorite part of the bar is outside—a huge patio overlooking the Las Vegas strip. You can smoke out there as well.
Posted: Nov 6, 2009 4:30pm ET
Today I watched a bit of the Yankees celebratory parade at lunch with some friends here in New York. We decided to enjoy a short cigar before heading back to the office.
Outside, of course—New York has a pretty strict smoking ban.
Posted: Nov 2, 2009 1:37pm ET
I know a lot of you are planning on coming to our Big Smoke in Las Vegas
, which is less than two weeks away. (Can’t believe it—This year went by fast.) I just got off the phone with Manuel (Manolo) Quesada, and he told me what he was planning on giving out—Casa Magna Colordo Robustos, the Cigar of the Year
Posted: Oct 29, 2009 1:00pm ET
I’m still scratching my head over New York City’s move to ban flavored tobacco products, including flavored cigars and even pipe tobacco. It just doesn’t make sense. And even if you’re not a fan of flavored tobacco (and I’m not) you should still find the news disturbing.
Posted: Oct 15, 2009 10:17am ET
What happened to New York? When I was a kid growing up in Connecticut, New York City was always the big, mysterious place with a little Wild West thrown in. It had a reckless side, a rebellious side and a seedy side. Cabbies drove like crazy, you could find things here that were available nowhere else, and it was very common to see people wearing all kinds of crazy outfits. On an early visit, I turned a corner and almost walked into a man stripped to the waist with boxing gloves on each hand. (I crossed the street.) People were different in New York and they did what they wanted, and God help those who tried to tell them no.
Posted: Oct 7, 2009 2:52pm ET
I met the most interesting man in the world the other day. No, I'm not talking about Jack Bettridge—it was Jonathan Goldsmith, the actor who portrays The Most Interesting Man in the World in ads for Dos Equis beer.
They’re great ads, and you’ve likely seen them. (The YouTube views on one of the commercials exceeds 1.4 million.) Goldsmith plays a mysterious character with near mythical powers, bench pressing a pair of women in chairs to the cheers of a crowd, freeing a grizzly bear from a trap, or exploring ancient ruins, all while wearing a well-pressed tuxedo or smoking jacket. A narrator proclaims his prowess, tongue pressed firmly in cheek: “He once had an awkward moment just to see how it feels... He lives vicariously, through himself," and the classic: “He can speak French—in Russian. He is, the most interesting man in the world.”
Posted: Sep 3, 2009 10:39am ET
Every cigar smoker has experienced the feeling of not being welcome. You walk up to a bar, cigar in hand, and encounter a sign. Perhaps it says NO SMOKING. Worse, you might enter the haze of a smoky bar, sit down at your stool, take out a cigar and only then see the sign that says NO CIGAR SMOKING, letting you know that only cigarettes are welcome. It happens far too often.