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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   


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


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