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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


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


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