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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   


Blogs : James Suckling

Spice of Life in Cuban Cigars

Sometimes I get the idea that people think Cubans are not very savvy with their marketing and product development and that they spend most of their...more

Posted: October 16, 2009   


Blogs : David Savona

Not My New York

What happened to New York? When I was a kid growing up in Connecticut, New York City was always the big, mysterious place with a little Wild West...more

Posted: October 15, 2009    By David Savona


Blogs : James Suckling

The Fact of the Matter

People in the Cuban cigar industry were not pleased with recent reports in the foreign press on the reduction of this year’s tobacco plantings....more

Posted: October 14, 2009   


Blogs : James Suckling

Back in the Smoke in Cuba

It’s good to be back in Havana. It’s been too long. I haven’t been back since early March, but I am right back into the smoke. I had an...more

Posted: October 12, 2009   


Blogs : David Savona

Smoking with the Most Interesting Man in the World

I met the most interesting man in the world the other day. No, I'm not talking about Jack Bettridge—it was Jonathan Goldsmith, the actor who...more

Posted: October 7, 2009    By David Savona


Blogs : James Suckling

The Legend Lives

I smoked one of the greatest cigars ever produced on earth last night: the Dunhill Cabinetta. The robusto was produced in 1989 and was one of the...more

Posted: September 28, 2009   


Blogs : James Suckling

The Killer Cigar

I have a drippy sinus this morning and my head doesn't fell all that well. I am a bit clammy and I can't breathe perfectly well. If I was passing...more

Posted: September 22, 2009   


Blogs : Jack Bettridge

Glenmorangie and More

I had the pleasure of attending a luncheon yesterday that paired a selection of Glenmorangie single-malt Scotches, as well as the Ardbeg Uigeadail,...more

Posted: September 16, 2009    By Jack Bettridge


Blogs : Gordon Mott

Historical Document

I cleaned out some filing cabinets right after Labor Day, an ongoing personal effort to get up to speed on an organization system called Getting...more

Posted: September 11, 2009    By Gordon Mott


Blogs : David Savona

Good Signs and Bad Signs

Every cigar smoker has experienced the feeling of not being welcome. You walk up to a bar, cigar in hand, and encounter a sign. Perhaps it says NO...more

Posted: September 3, 2009    By David Savona


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