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Blogs : David Savona

Day One in the Dominican Republic

The fourth annual ProCigar Festival in the Dominican Republic has begun. On Tuesday I landed in Santiago, greeted by bright sunshine and tropical...more

Posted: February 9, 2011    By David Savona

Blogs : Gordon Mott

Random Cuba Thoughts

Any time reporters head home after a productive trip, there is a final assessment of what made it into a story and what didn't. You've gotten pretty...more

Posted: February 3, 2011    By Gordon Mott

Blogs : David Savona

Smoking in the Cold

I spent the weekend in Central Vermont with my family and a great group of friends. They skied, I didn't (call me crazy, but strapping greased planks...more

Posted: January 24, 2011    By David Savona

Blogs : Jack Bettridge

Let There Be Ice

It may be that winter just dumped another six inches of snow on me or that I received a press release from Johnnie Walker Gold Label touting its "ice...more

Posted: January 10, 2011    By Jack Bettridge

Blogs : David Savona

Cuba, in Bullet Points, Part One

It's been almost two weeks since Gordon Mott and I returned from our trip to Cuba. We sat down this morning for a chat and compared notes. Here are...more

Posted: December 22, 2010    By David Savona

Blogs : David Savona

Cigar Report: Current Cubans

Spending last week in Cuba gave me the opportunity to smoke many of the island's current production...more

Posted: December 16, 2010    By David Savona

Blogs : David Savona

A Yankee Fan In Cuba

I work in New York City, and I root for the New York Yankees, so you would be forgiven for assuming that I work in an environment surrounded by...more

Posted: December 15, 2010    By David Savona

Blogs : Gordon Mott

Havana Dining

Let’s make one thing clear from the beginning—you shouldn’t go to Havana for the food. Decades of isolation and ongoing issues with...more

Posted: December 14, 2010    By Gordon Mott

Blogs : David Savona

Freedom To Smoke In La Habana

I had just finished a memorable dinner at El Aljibe, the must-see Cuban restaurant specializing in savory roast chicken, black beans and rice, when...more

Posted: December 13, 2010    By David Savona

Blogs : Gordon Mott

A Rainy Night in Havana

The name had barely slipped off the comedian’s lips when the crowd erupted in applause and shouts of admiration echoed in the small...more

Posted: December 12, 2010    By Gordon Mott

Blogs : David Savona

The Secret of Behike

The secret ingredient to Cuba’s superb new cigar brand, Cohiba Behike BHK, is a rare kind of tobacco called medio tiempo. While you may have heard...more

Posted: December 10, 2010    By David Savona

Blogs : Gordon Mott

First Leaf

The first tobacco leaf of the 2010-2011 Cuban tobacco harvest was picked today, and tonight it is hanging in a curing barn. It wasn’t just any...more

Posted: December 9, 2010    By Gordon Mott

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