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Blogs : David Savona

Montecristos, Big and Small, and Other New Cubans

I slipped the chocolate brown cigar out of my case, clipped its head and put its foot to the flame. I took a puff, exhaled toward the ceiling of the...more

Posted: February 26, 2013    By David Savona

Blogs : David Savona

Back in Cigar Country

For some it’s that first glimpse of the lush, green fields sprawling beneath the wings of the 767 as ocean turns to land. For others it’s the...more

Posted: February 21, 2013    By David Savona

Blogs : Jack Bettridge

Maker’s Mark—Proof Positive?


Posted: February 13, 2013    By Jack Bettridge

Blogs : Jack Bettridge

Soap-Opera Confessions

I have a confession to make. For three seasons now I have been hooked on what is essentially a soap opera: Masterpiece Classic’s “Downton...more

Posted: February 8, 2013    By Jack Bettridge

Blogs : David Savona

The Smoking Man Cave

I’ve been doing quite a bit of research lately on man caves, the rooms that men dedicate to getting away, either all on their own or with friends...more

Posted: January 25, 2013    By David Savona

Blogs : Gordon Mott

One Million and Counting

Every year that we run the Top 25, we watch the page views creep ever closer to a threshold that, for us, is the magic number: ONE MILLION. In...more

Posted: January 7, 2013    By Gordon Mott

Blogs : David Savona

Better With Age

I turned 44 this year, so I don't consider myself old but I'm far from young. I'm reminded of my lack of youth on a daily basis, whether it's from...more

Posted: December 12, 2012    By David Savona

Blogs : David Savona

Big Week, Big Smoke

November is always a busy month here at Cigar Aficionado. We hold the Las Vegas Big Smoke, finalize our top 25 cigars of the year, and throw a big...more

Posted: November 28, 2012    By David Savona

Blogs : Gregory Mottola

Fuente Restores Ybor City Factory Building

Confession: Until this past weekend, I'd never been to Tampa or Ybor City before. I know, I know, for a cigar smoker it's a shame, but for an editor...more

Posted: November 20, 2012   

Blogs : Gordon Mott

Big Smoke Nirvana

After more than 100 Big Smoke notches on my belt, you might think I could never be surprised by the event. But the Big Smoke Las Vegas this past...more

Posted: November 12, 2012    By Gordon Mott

Blogs : David Savona

Waiting on a Hurricane

My office is closed today, due to the approach of Hurricane Sandy. Outside the wind is howling and the water is rising, and we’re waiting for the...more

Posted: October 29, 2012    By David Savona

Blogs : David Savona

Censoring Santa Claus

The smoke police want to take away Santa’s pipe. I discovered this while reading today’s New York Post, which had a small news item about...more

Posted: October 18, 2012    By David Savona

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