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Blogs : James Suckling

Back in the Land of the Free

Getting caught with two Cuban cigars crossing the border between California and Mexico can really upset officers of U.S. Customs and Border...more

Posted: January 12, 2010   

Blogs : James Suckling

A Sad Day for Dining

What was one of the last great cigar-gastronomic experiences in the world is over. La Guarida, arguably the best restaurant in Havana, closed its...more

Posted: January 8, 2010   

Blogs : Gordon Mott

Caribbean Smoking

The night was balmy. There was a moon high in the sky, and a light breeze off the nearby ocean, where you could hear the unusually high surf crashing...more

Posted: January 4, 2010    By Gordon Mott

Blogs : James Suckling

Christmas Past

You might think that I am slightly old fashioned at times but I think that a photo is worth a thousand words in some cases. Please check out my photo...more

Posted: December 30, 2009   

Blogs : James Suckling

A Christmas Tale

I am ready for Christmas. I thought that I should leave a nice Cuban smoke for Father Christmas when he comes down the chimney on the 25th in San...more

Posted: December 23, 2009   

Blogs : Jack Bettridge

A Scotch Master Looks Back

What to call John Ramsay? His title is master blender. But given that that is a pretty common spirits-industry term defining a person who oversees...more

Posted: December 21, 2009    By Jack Bettridge

Blogs : Gordon Mott

12 Days of Christmas

I attended a gathering at the Cigar Inn, the home of Cigar Aficionado’ s lounge. Billy, Gus and Bass Fakih hosted a group of cigarmakers including...more

Posted: December 15, 2009    By Gordon Mott

Blogs : Gordon Mott

Nicaragua, Part III

The sun was dropping below the mountaintops, and darkness was coming quickly to the small farming valley in north central Nicaragua. But Dr....more

Posted: December 10, 2009    By Gordon Mott

Blogs : Gordon Mott

Nicaragua, Part II

The day dawned early with a 7:30 departure to Estelí, Nicaraguan time. We left at 8:20 and spent nearly an hour slowly weaving through early morning...more

Posted: December 8, 2009    By Gordon Mott

Blogs : Gordon Mott

Nicaragua, Part I

I was in Nicaragua last week for the first time in years. For me, it was a nostalgic trip, as it is every time I visit, because of my time there as a...more

Posted: December 7, 2009    By Gordon Mott

Blogs : David Savona

Smoking Cigars in Nicaragua

Eight a.m., Estelí, Nicaragua. I haven’t had breakfast but I’ve already lit my first cigar. This is how I live when I’m in Nicaragua, home to...more

Posted: December 6, 2009    By David Savona

Blogs : David Savona

Meeting Jose Oliva In Miami

I got up early this morning and left frosty New York for sunny Miami, and spent the day with Jose Oliva, vice president of Oliva Cigar Co. in Miami...more

Posted: December 1, 2009    By David Savona

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