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Blogs : Gordon Mott

A Day of Rum and Old Cigars

I had a glass of water with breakfast. Good thing. At 10 a.m., I sat down in one of the well-appointed conference rooms at the Palco convention...more

Posted: February 25, 2015    By Gordon Mott


Blogs : David Savona

First Night In Havana

It was late in Cuba's capital city. The air was warm and heavy, with no hint of a breeze, and the royal palms stood still, unswaying, as if they were...more

Posted: February 24, 2015    By David Savona


Blogs : David Savona

Back To Cuba

Monday morning, at the Miami International Airport. I'm sitting by my gate, staring out the window at a silver, red and blue American Airlines jet...more

Posted: February 23, 2015    By David Savona


Blogs : Gregory Mottola

ProCigar: A Tour of Two Family Factories

The cigars certainly pile up here at the ProCigar Festival. Everywhere you turn a cigar manufacturer is either handing you a smoke, or a beautiful...more

Posted: February 21, 2015   


Blogs : Gregory Mottola

ProCigar Festival: Ernesto and an Earthquake

If you're looking for a draw-testing machine at Ernesto Perez-Carrillo's Tabacalera La Alianza factory in the Dominican Republic, you're wasting your...more

Posted: February 19, 2015   


Blogs : Gordon Mott

Havana Cigar Shortage?

That headline might be enough to send cigar lovers into a frenzy. A shortage of cigars? In Havana? What is the world coming...more

Posted: February 10, 2015    By Gordon Mott


Blogs : Gordon Mott

Behike—Still The One

My first thought, after my first puff of a 2010 Cohiba Behike BHK 52, was why are there only three of these cigars left in my locker? By the time I...more

Posted: February 9, 2015    By Gordon Mott


Blogs : Jack Bettridge

Perk Up With a Pisco Sour

I hope that the country wasn't so swept up in the excitement surrounding Thursday's World Nutella Day that we've forgotten about National Pisco Sour...more

Posted: February 7, 2015    By Jack Bettridge


Blogs : Gregory Mottola

Atabey and an Argument for Good Packaging

A curious delivery came to me in the mail the other day. Cigars. Nothing strange in that respect, but when I opened it, I was struck by the...more

Posted: February 6, 2015   


Blogs : Jack Bettridge

Right On The Marque

In the firmament of cigar-pairing spirits, rum holds a place in the top triad of choices (along with whisk(e)y and brandy). Its taste profile...more

Posted: February 3, 2015    By Jack Bettridge


Blogs : Andrew Nagy

Exploring Hops with Sierra Nevada

Hopheads like myself have another reason to rejoice as craft brewing pioneer Sierra Nevada has unveiled three new beers for 2015 that explore the...more

Posted: February 2, 2015   


Blogs : Gordon Mott

The Tale of Two Factories

Estelí, Nicaragua. The epicenter of the country's cigar renaissance is a mishmash of old and new, thrown together in a haphazard, Third World...more

Posted: January 18, 2015    By Gordon Mott


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