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Blogs : James Suckling

Going to The Habanos Festival

I am arriving in La Habana this afternoon in time for the opening event of the 12th Festival Habano. Not only will I get my first glimpse of the new...more

Posted: February 22, 2010   


Blogs : Gordon Mott

Cigar Culture

I sometimes forget about the origin of cigars. I know that might sound odd. But I’m not saying that I don’t know where a cigar is made—that has...more

Posted: February 22, 2010    By Gordon Mott


Blogs : Gordon Mott

Day Three: A Tribute to Cigars

They stood at the back of the makeshift room set up inside the cigar factory with a podium at the front and rows of tables arranged for a cigar...more

Posted: February 19, 2010    By Gordon Mott


Blogs : David Savona

A Lot of Tobacco

Some people collect stamps, others collect fine wines, but the cigarmakers in the Dominican Republic collect cigar tobacco. The big companies that...more

Posted: February 19, 2010    By David Savona


Blogs : Gordon Mott

Day Two: ProCigar Festival

I won’t give you the details about last night’s ProCigar Festival dinner. Suffice it to say I did not escape the merengue dance contest, which...more

Posted: February 18, 2010    By Gordon Mott


Blogs : Gordon Mott

Back in CigarLand

I’m back in the Dominican Republic, land of cigars. I’m always amazed when I realize how much time has passed since my last visit here because it...more

Posted: February 17, 2010    By Gordon Mott


Blogs : David Savona

In the Fields of La Canela

Tuesday in the Dominican Republic. The ProCigar Festival doesn’t officially begin here in Santiago until Wednesday, so I planned to spend this day...more

Posted: February 17, 2010    By David Savona


Blogs : David Savona

Visiting a Cigar Master in the Dominican Republic

 I spent Monday afternoon in Santiago, Dominican Republic, with one of the true masters of the cigar business, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo. You know him...more

Posted: February 15, 2010    By David Savona


Blogs : David Savona

Back in the Dominican Republic

I just landed in Santiago, Dominican Republic, where more premium cigars are made than any other place on earth. I’m here for the annual ProCigar...more

Posted: February 15, 2010    By David Savona


Blogs : Jack Bettridge

Romanced by the Stone of Destiny

I thought they’d all been vanquished, but every once in a while you find one: the single-malt-whisky snob who talks smack about blended Scotch as...more

Posted: February 12, 2010    By Jack Bettridge


Blogs : James Suckling

The Last Bottle?

What do you smoke with the last bottle of wine on Earth? I am not talking about the last bottle—it is not Armageddon yet. Nor do I think it will...more

Posted: February 11, 2010   


Blogs : Gordon Mott

Snow Day

Snow is coming down hard, and has been since about 7 o’clock when I decided it was wise to not rely on my commuter train system to get me home this...more

Posted: February 10, 2010    By Gordon Mott


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