James Suckling

James Suckling
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Best Wishes for Mexico City

Posted: Apr 30, 2009 2:03pm ET
I don't envy anyone in Mexico City right now. It looks bad. I would be freaking out. I have a few friends there. One is the BBC correspondent Stephen Gibbs. I used to see him occasionally when he was based in Havana. I wish he was still there and not in DF! I have been following his work everyday online with BBC.

The Joys of Cost Cutting

Posted: Apr 16, 2009 2:23pm ET
I bought a 10-pack of Romeo y Julieta Short Churchills in the duty free store at Gatwick Airport in England the other day. It was like a half height normal cedar and paper box of 25 with 10 delicious RyJ robustos. I paid £86 for it, or about $125.

The Smoking Respite from a Long Evening of Food and Wine

Posted: Mar 13, 2009 4:43pm ET
I smoked a 2003 Bolivar Belicoso from a cedar cabinet last night with some friends following a long dinner of lots of food and wine at my house in Tuscany. The wines included a bottle of 1995 Mouton-Rothschild and a 1988 Léoville Las Cases, not to mention a number of 1997 Tuscans. The food was rich and heavy with lots of hearty pieces of grilled rabbit, sautéed spinach and potatoes roasted in fresh olive oil.

Hollow Victory for Change in Cuban Travel

Posted: Mar 11, 2009 4:03pm ET
I am no expert on legislation in Congress because it has been a long, long time since I have looked closely at various bills in pure form, but I took the time this afternoon to review online H.R. 1105— the $410 billion omnibus spending bill passed yesterday in the U.S. Senate. Now I remember why I felt like I was wasting a lot of time when I was an intern at Scripps League Washington Bureau for a group of newspapers in the early 1980s!

Waking up with a Smile in the Morning

Posted: Mar 4, 2009 1:36pm ET
I don't want to smoke a cigar today. I woke up this morning with a smile on my face. No it wasn't what you think! It was because I smoked another Cohiba Siglo VI Gran Reserva last night with some friends at the Paila restaurant in Havana.


Posted: Mar 3, 2009 12:24pm ET
I was not surprised to see a change in Raúl Castro’s government yesterday. I think that Castro wants to have people he feels that can really trust as he creates a new future for his country 50 years after the Revolution. Some of the people moved from key positions were closer to his brother than him.

Perfect Cigar, Perfect Night

Posted: Mar 2, 2009 4:06pm ET
I smoked the greatest young cigar in my life on Friday night – the Cohiba Siglo VI Gran Reserva. I was spellbound by the cigar’s amazing richness yet beautiful elegance and finesse. This is a cigar that fills your mouth with light coffee, toasted nuts, flowers and aged tobacco, yet it’s fresh and clean and leaves your mouth with a clean and vibrant finish. It’s the perfect smoke—100 points, unblind.

Reserved Cigars

Posted: Feb 27, 2009 1:34pm ET
I had the chance to unofficially smoke the Cohiba Gran Reserva last night during a private dinner at La Guarida restaurant in Centro Havana, and I almost fell out of my chair. I was really blown away by the richness and power of the smoke. It had such great length with coffee, tobacco and dark chocolate character that filled the mouth. It had the classic freshness of the Cohiba brand as well.

My or Your Habano?

Posted: Feb 26, 2009 3:53pm ET
I might have found my new cigar for this year: Trinidad Robusto T. What an awesome smoke. I love the rich and spicy character with a fresh, clean and floral undertone. It has all the Trinidad style that I like and more. I think it’s a 93-point smoke, non blind.

Young Is Beautiful

Posted: Feb 25, 2009 4:51pm ET
I am not sure what people learned yesterday in a cigar tasting of new production 8-9-8 Partagas versus 8-9-8 Partagas from 1998. The 10-year-old cigar was smoked first during the tasting in a back room of the Partagas Factory in downtown Havana, across from the capital building that is a twin to our own in Washington D.C. London-based cigar aficionado Alex Iapichino was the organizer.

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