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Blogs : Gordon Mott

Havana Retail Royalty

He approached me with a smile, and a warm embrace. Enrique Mons, of the Casa del Habano at Club Habana in Miramar, looked like a man reborn after a...more

Posted: February 29, 2012    By Gordon Mott


Blogs : David Savona

A Day at the Cuban Trade Show

It was a bright, sunny day here in Havana, but the weather would have to wait. It was time for the Habanos Festival trade fair and seminars about...more

Posted: February 29, 2012    By David Savona


Blogs : David Savona

Cigars—Old and New—In Havana

My first full day in Cuba is behind me. As I sit in my room pecking away at this blog, it’s a bit past midnight, and I’m reminiscing after a...more

Posted: February 29, 2012    By David Savona


Blogs : Gordon Mott

Cuba Questions

The feeling is always the same, and it usually hits me at the same time. The plane leaves the dark greens and browns of the Florida Everglades,...more

Posted: February 28, 2012    By Gordon Mott


Blogs : David Savona

Something New and Something Old in Santiago

I’m in Santiago, Dominican Republic, attending the fifth annual ProCigar Festival. The weather is warm, the cigars are copious and everyone seems...more

Posted: February 24, 2012    By David Savona


Blogs : David Savona

Cuba’s Most Revered Tobacco Farm

Visiting Havana is an amazing experience for a cigar smoker, but making the trek out to Pinar del Río to see Cuba’s prime tobacco growing region...more

Posted: February 22, 2012    By David Savona


Blogs : Jack Bettridge

Non-Orwellian Smoking

Everyday life is so full of doublespeak that I’m always surprised to encounter straightforward speech. George Orwell shined a light on deceptive...more

Posted: February 21, 2012    By Jack Bettridge


Blogs : Gordon Mott

The Fire Pit

Fire pits. The words conjured up images of Burning Man weekends in the desert, or Jean Auth scenes from novels about prehistoric man’s travails....more

Posted: February 17, 2012    By Gordon Mott


Blogs : David Savona

A Four Kicks with Jon Huber

Jon Huber made a visit to the Cigar Aficionado offices the other day. It had been far too long. Jon had been a principal at C.A.O. International...more

Posted: February 16, 2012    By David Savona


Blogs : Jack Bettridge

Solving Valentine's Day

I know a lot of guys are flummoxed about what to give for Valentine’s Day tomorrow. You don’t want to buy some jewelry that might not go with her...more

Posted: February 13, 2012    By Jack Bettridge


Blogs : David Savona

Old School Cigar Sizes

My brother Carey walked into my smoking room on Sunday, sat down on one of the coaches and opened up a beer. I handed him a Four Kicks Corona Gorda...more

Posted: February 10, 2012    By David Savona


Blogs : Jack Bettridge

A 2012 Cigar Calendar

Over New Year’s a friend told me he resolved to give up cigars in 2012—except on special occasions. So I wondered what such a regime would look...more

Posted: January 13, 2012    By Jack Bettridge


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