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Blogs : David Savona

A Bit of Ybor History

I’m in Ybor City, Florida, the onetime cigar capital of the world. Ybor, part of the west Florida city of Tampa, was built upon cigars. A melting...more

Posted: October 19, 2011    By David Savona


Blogs : David Savona

Over the Top Warning

I’m quite impressed with the new Edmundo Dantes Conde 54, a Regional Edition Cuban cigar designed only for sale in Mexico. It’s not a big...more

Posted: October 14, 2011    By David Savona


Blogs : Gordon Mott

Mexican Gem

It is always a pleasure to get an early look at a great new cigar. Thanks to a good friend who was traveling in Mexico and headed back to the United...more

Posted: October 11, 2011    By Gordon Mott


Blogs : Jack Bettridge

Of Rock Legends, Tequila and Cigars

Mick Fleetwood is recounting one of his initial impressions of Sammy Hagar. He had just heard the Red Rocker was to replace David Lee Roth as the...more

Posted: October 11, 2011    By Jack Bettridge


Blogs : David Savona

Praising Petit Coronas

I reached for a cigar from my tasting humidor today and almost pulled a muscle. It was six inches long with a ring gauge well north of 60, perhaps as...more

Posted: October 7, 2011    By David Savona


Blogs : Jack Bettridge

Reunions, Reputations and Life Reassessments

Three weeks ago I agreed to go to my high school reunion-scheduled for this Saturday-thinking that a month would leave me plenty of time to prepare....more

Posted: September 26, 2011    By Jack Bettridge


Blogs : David Savona

Where (Not) To Smoke

I recently returned from a little vacation with the family, and I'm getting back in the swing of things here at the office. That means getting back...more

Posted: September 2, 2011    By David Savona


Blogs : David Savona

Connecticut and Celebrities in Vegas

Those who say "it's not the heat, it's the humidity," have never sat outside in Las Vegas in 105 degree heat. Trust me, it's the heat. But I'm not...more

Posted: July 19, 2011    By David Savona


Blogs : Gordon Mott

Surprise!

We held our first dinner at the IPCPR in Las Vegas last night for a group of cigar makers and cigar brand owners. During the last few visits to Sin...more

Posted: July 18, 2011    By Gordon Mott


Blogs : David Savona

Ready for Vegas

Next week, nearly the entire cigar industry will gather in Las Vegas for the annual IPCPR trade show. It's a showcase of new cigars behind booths...more

Posted: July 15, 2011    By David Savona


Blogs : Jack Bettridge

An Open Letter to a Brother-In-Law

Thanks for the invitation to bring my family to your place for Independence Day weekend. It’s not every brother-in-law who is so generous to his...more

Posted: July 1, 2011    By Jack Bettridge


Blogs : David Savona

No Cigar For the Rays

Tampa, Florida, is a town with a rich cigar history. In the days before the U.S. Embargo against Cuba, tons upon tons of Cuban tobacco leaf was...more

Posted: June 23, 2011    By David Savona


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