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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


Blogs : Gordon Mott

Havana Envy

I got a voicemail from a friend who is a big cigar smoker. He said, with a plaintive note in his voice: "I can't believe you're going to Cuba again...more

Posted: May 1, 2011    By Gordon Mott


Blogs : David Savona

A Merry but Incomplete Bar

Last night I dropped in on one of New York City's grandest, most storied bars, the King Cole Bar at the St. Regis Hotel. Back in 1932, the bar...more

Posted: April 28, 2011    By David Savona


Blogs : Jack Bettridge

Fight Fire With Drink

As a New Englander, I never expected to feel as though I were stepping out on a limb by taking an anti-Royalist position. But even here in the cradle...more

Posted: April 26, 2011    By Jack Bettridge


Blogs : David Savona

A Tale of Two Factories

My trip to Nicaragua last week was short and sweet. I was there for the Nicaraguan Cigar Festival and file a story for Cigar Aficionado (you'll read...more

Posted: April 11, 2011    By David Savona


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