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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


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


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