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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

Blogs : David Savona

Hidden Gems

This weekend I took my wife and son out for breakfast at one of our favorite places. It’s a tiny donut shop called Speedy Donuts that has been in...more

Posted: July 19, 2010    By David Savona

Blogs : Jack Bettridge

Lighting Up Your Man Room

Who’s your matchbook guy? Who’s your cocktail napkin guy? These are probably not questions you put much thought into. To tell you the truth, I...more

Posted: July 14, 2010    By Jack Bettridge

Blogs : Gordon Mott

Chloe R.I.P.

Our faithful companion, Chloe, a.k.a. Clos Vougeot, left this world about three weeks ago. I haven’t been able to sit down to write this farewell...more

Posted: July 9, 2010    By Gordon Mott

Blogs : James Suckling

The Good News in the Bad News

I am not sure why over the last three weeks the international press has been full of stories about the decline of the Cuban cigar.  The stories have...more

Posted: July 6, 2010   

Blogs : James Suckling

The Allure of A Fine Old Cuban Cigar

Cigar auctions are a cool thing. You sip Champagne, smoke a Cuban cigar and bid on rare and not-so-rare smokes. At least that’s what happened on...more

Posted: June 23, 2010   

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