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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


Blogs : David Savona

Welcome to the Machine

I’m in Tampa, Florida, which once was the heart of American cigar production. In the 1950s, some 500 million cigars a year were made here. Things...more

Posted: September 2, 2009    By David Savona


Blogs : David Savona

Bargain Cigars

What do you consider a bargain-priced cigar? A $5 smoke? One retailing for $4? Less than $4? Or maybe it’s simply a cigar that gives you a great...more

Posted: August 28, 2009    By David Savona


Blogs : Jack Bettridge

Of Maverick, Cigars and the Tube

No, this isn't a blog about Sarah Palin and cylindrical, metal packages for storing cigars. Rather, it involves watching cigars on television....more

Posted: August 26, 2009    By Jack Bettridge


Blogs : Gordon Mott

Random Summer Thoughts

It’s always hard as summer winds down, and you’re left wondering how the last three months disappeared. The 2009 version, in the Northeast, will...more

Posted: August 25, 2009    By Gordon Mott


Blogs : Jack Bettridge

What I Did on My Summer Stay-cation

I didn’t end up making the aforementioned trip to Kentucky to see the cooperage operation for Brown-Forman, but I also didn’t go to Niagara Falls...more

Posted: August 21, 2009    By Jack Bettridge


Blogs : Gordon Mott

You Gotta Love Vermont

I haven’t spent a lot of time in Vermont, but it’s always been my impression that Vermonters travel to the beat of their own drum. They still...more

Posted: August 19, 2009    By Gordon Mott


Blogs : David Savona

Remembering Dad

My father died on July 28. He was ill for a short time, went through a tough operation, gave us hope that he would soon be back on his feet, but died...more

Posted: August 17, 2009    By David Savona


Blogs : Jack Bettridge

The Laws of Gin & Tonic

Sometimes even the masters return to the basics. When I was invited to meet Angus Winchester, the global brand ambassador for Tanqueray gin at Raines...more

Posted: August 13, 2009    By Jack Bettridge


Blogs : David Savona

Trade Show, Day Three

Monday night was a busy one. Barry and I walked to the Alec Bradley party. On the way we stumbled across the Cigar Factory of New Orleans, which...more

Posted: August 12, 2009    By David Savona


Blogs : David Savona

Trade Show, Day Two

After several cups of strong coffee and a bracing breakfast, I headed back to the convention center on Monday morning with Gordon Mott, Greg Mottola...more

Posted: August 10, 2009    By David Savona


Blogs : David Savona

Trade Show, Day One

I took the early flight yesterday morning with Gordon Mott to New Orleans, taking off at 7 a.m. from JFK and landing in NOLA at 9. We were able to...more

Posted: August 10, 2009    By David Savona


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