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Blogs : Jack Bettridge

Seeing Is Believing (In the Big Smoke)

My first Big Smoke came in New York in 1997, when I started at Cigar Aficionado, and it blew me away with the great smokes, drinks and food. But...more

Posted: November 24, 2009    By Jack Bettridge


Blogs : Gordon Mott

Big Smoke Thoughts

Back at my desk today after a weekend in Las Vegas with the most enthusiastic, upbeat cigar smokers that you could find anywhere on the planet. The...more

Posted: November 17, 2009    By Gordon Mott


Blogs : David Savona

Big Day at the Big Smoke

Today was jam packed with activity here in Las Vegas at the Big Smoke. At nine a.m. the doors opened to our cigar seminars (they sold out around one...more

Posted: November 14, 2009    By David Savona


Blogs : David Savona

Back in Vegas

It’s Big Smoke time, so I’m in Las Vegas with much of the premium cigar industry, puffing away and enjoying the city. We started in style...more

Posted: November 13, 2009    By David Savona


Blogs : James Suckling

Big Smokes: See You There

Is there any sense in bringing cigars to The Big Smoke ? I asked myself this question again and again as I packed my bags to fly to Los Angeles and...more

Posted: November 11, 2009   


Blogs : Jack Bettridge

The Joy of Smoking—and Shaving

One day last week, a number of early-morning contretemps—including my daughter’s locking herself out of her bedroom—conspired to make me leave...more

Posted: November 9, 2009    By Jack Bettridge


Blogs : David Savona

The Sad Plight of Cigar Smokers

Today I watched a bit of the Yankees celebratory parade at lunch with some friends here in New York. We decided to enjoy a short cigar before heading...more

Posted: November 6, 2009    By David Savona


Blogs : Jack Bettridge

Cîroc To Show Its Flavor

I wrote in Cigar Aficionado’s Good Life Guide not too long ago ( June 2009 ) about the wide array of flavored vodkas that are available, but at...more

Posted: November 4, 2009    By Jack Bettridge


Blogs : David Savona

Cigar of the Year Coming to Big Smokes

I know a lot of you are planning on coming to our Big Smoke in Las Vegas , which is less than two weeks away. (Can’t believe it—This year went by...more

Posted: November 2, 2009    By David Savona


Blogs : David Savona

A Senseless Ban

I’m still scratching my head over New York City’s move to ban flavored tobacco products, including flavored cigars and even pipe tobacco. It just...more

Posted: October 29, 2009    By David Savona


Blogs : Jack Bettridge

The Joy of Finishing Last

I could still taste the tangerine the next morning. Eighteen hours had passed since I’d first tasted Bowmore Gold and the last tasting note was...more

Posted: October 27, 2009    By Jack Bettridge


Blogs : James Suckling

Breaking through Customs in Havana

Cuban customs really gets to me. It’s not that the agents at Jose Martí Airport in La Habana are particularly unpleasant, or even aggressive, but...more

Posted: October 22, 2009   


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