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Blogs : Jack Bettridge

To Pack, or Not to Pack, Heaters

A lot of things have improved for cigar smokers in the past decade-better quality smokes, better availability. But one aspect has changed for the...more

Posted: June 22, 2011    By Jack Bettridge


Blogs : David Savona

Hidden Gems

On my latest trip to Cuba, I was reminded of my first visit to the island, back in 1996. I was a relative cigar rookie back then, and the first time...more

Posted: May 20, 2011    By David Savona


Blogs : Gordon Mott

Random Cuba Reports

The scandal surrounding Manuel Garcia, the former marketing guru at Habanos S.A., continues to percolate. The week before Dave and I traveled to...more

Posted: May 19, 2011    By Gordon Mott


Blogs : Gordon Mott

Doing the Rum Thing

Okay, I can hear everyone mumbling already. But it is a tough job. Someone has to do it. My goal was to taste all the major Havana Club rums while I...more

Posted: May 17, 2011    By Gordon Mott


Blogs : David Savona

Inside Cuba's Newest Factory

When we arrived in Havana last week, Gordon and I were expecting to hear that the Partagas Cigar Factory had closed for its much-needed renovation....more

Posted: May 12, 2011    By David Savona


Blogs : Gordon Mott

Cigars of the Week

Cuba tests one's ability to keep track of what you've been smoking. Forgive me. I didn't note down the price or the box date of everything I smoked...more

Posted: May 11, 2011    By Gordon Mott


Blogs : Jack Bettridge

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

I celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Mexican victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1861, a day early with a visit yesterday...more

Posted: May 5, 2011    By Jack Bettridge


Blogs : Gordon Mott

My First Behike

Ever since Dave Savona and I arrived in Havana on Sunday, I've been dreaming about smoking Cigar Aficionado's Cigar of the Year, the Cohiba Behike...more

Posted: May 4, 2011    By Gordon Mott


Blogs : Gordon Mott

A History Lesson

I was finishing up a final walking tour of Habana Vieja, the old Spanish colonial section of Havana that is being restored, when I stopped in again...more

Posted: May 4, 2011    By Gordon Mott


Blogs : David Savona

The Locker Lowdown in Havana

This is day four of my week-long trip to Havana, Cuba. I've been here all week with Gordon Mott on assignment for Cigar Aficionado. During my trip...more

Posted: May 4, 2011    By David Savona


Blogs : David Savona

Inside the World's Busiest La Casa del Habano

I'm back in New York after my week in Cuba. I spent most of the time in Havana, visiting 14 cigar shops, including each of the city's nine La Casas...more

Posted: May 4, 2011    By David Savona


Blogs : David Savona

First Cigar in Havana

Cuba begins to get quiet in May. The onslaught of snowbirds from Europe and Canada who flock here during the winter months in the northern hemisphere...more

Posted: May 2, 2011    By David Savona


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