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Blogs : Jack Bettridge

Branching Off the Label

Just got a bottle of Basil Hayden’s Bourbon (which I adore) and rather than drinking it, I was perusing the label (which I generally deplore, but...more

Posted: August 31, 2010   

Blogs : Gordon Mott

Cigar Inventory

I’m getting ready to re-stock my personal cigar inventory. I’ve been fortunate in that most of the cigars I smoke are at work, and supplied as...more

Posted: August 23, 2010    By Gordon Mott

Blogs : Jack Bettridge

Release The Kraken!

Spiced rum, a drink category that virtually didn’t exist before Captain Morgan stormed our shores in the early 1980s, is, well, spicing up the...more

Posted: August 20, 2010    By Jack Bettridge

Blogs : Gregory Mottola

Bad Oysters and Pity Smokes

Gregory Mottola loses the battle with raw oysters, but wins the war with some top-notch smokes gifted to...more

Posted: August 20, 2010    By Gregory Mottola

Blogs : David Savona

Saturday Report: 122 Cigars

I’m home from the IPCPR trade show going through my notes and all the cigars I brought home from the trip. I thought I’d put together a few...more

Posted: August 14, 2010   

Blogs : David Savona

Thursday Report: IPCPR Day Three

There was sad news to report as the trade show began this morning. I found out that Jean Clement, the cigarmaker who was better known by the name of...more

Posted: August 12, 2010    By David Savona

Blogs : David Savona

Wednesday Report: IPCPR Day Two

The talk of the morning was the tropical storm watch-New Orleans was in the bullseye of a storm system that had formed in the gulf, and it was...more

Posted: August 11, 2010    By David Savona

Blogs : David Savona

First Day in New Orleans

I flew into New Orleans Monday afternoon for the start of the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers show, also known as the...more

Posted: August 10, 2010    By David Savona

Blogs : David Savona

Tuesday Report: IPCPR Day Two

After a bracing southern breakfast of eggs, grits and biscuits at the hole-in-the-wall New Orleans institution known as Mother's, I rolled into the...more

Posted: August 10, 2010   

Blogs : David Savona

Going to the Trade Show

Starting Monday I’ll be in New Orleans for the annual International Cigar Pipe and Retailer trade show, the show formerly known as RTDA. Those of...more

Posted: August 6, 2010    By David Savona

Blogs : Jack Bettridge

Another Slice of Heaven

Heaven Hill just sent me a pre-release of the whiskey maker’s latest Parker’s Heritage Collection, a series of four (so far) special releases...more

Posted: July 31, 2010    By Jack Bettridge

Blogs : David Savona

Looking at Bigger Cigars

Back in 1995, when I was hired by Cigar Aficionado , I was a huge fan of big cigars (I was also thinner, had no beard, and my hair was all black, but...more

Posted: July 28, 2010    By David Savona

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