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Blogs : James Suckling

Good Start in La Habana

Piano jazz legend Chucho Valdés blew me away at the opening night of the 12th Festival Habano at the Gran Teatro de la Habana. The only bad news was...more

Posted: February 23, 2010   

Blogs : James Suckling

Going to The Habanos Festival

I am arriving in La Habana this afternoon in time for the opening event of the 12th Festival Habano. Not only will I get my first glimpse of the new...more

Posted: February 22, 2010   

Blogs : Gordon Mott

Cigar Culture

I sometimes forget about the origin of cigars. I know that might sound odd. But I’m not saying that I don’t know where a cigar is made—that has...more

Posted: February 22, 2010    By Gordon Mott

Blogs : Gordon Mott

Day Three: A Tribute to Cigars

They stood at the back of the makeshift room set up inside the cigar factory with a podium at the front and rows of tables arranged for a cigar...more

Posted: February 19, 2010    By Gordon Mott

Blogs : David Savona

A Lot of Tobacco

Some people collect stamps, others collect fine wines, but the cigarmakers in the Dominican Republic collect cigar tobacco. The big companies that...more

Posted: February 19, 2010    By David Savona

Blogs : Gordon Mott

Day Two: ProCigar Festival

I won’t give you the details about last night’s ProCigar Festival dinner. Suffice it to say I did not escape the merengue dance contest, which...more

Posted: February 18, 2010    By Gordon Mott

Blogs : Gordon Mott

Back in CigarLand

I’m back in the Dominican Republic, land of cigars. I’m always amazed when I realize how much time has passed since my last visit here because it...more

Posted: February 17, 2010    By Gordon Mott

Blogs : David Savona

In the Fields of La Canela

Tuesday in the Dominican Republic. The ProCigar Festival doesn’t officially begin here in Santiago until Wednesday, so I planned to spend this day...more

Posted: February 17, 2010    By David Savona

Blogs : David Savona

Visiting a Cigar Master in the Dominican Republic

 I spent Monday afternoon in Santiago, Dominican Republic, with one of the true masters of the cigar business, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo. You know him...more

Posted: February 15, 2010    By David Savona

Blogs : David Savona

Back in the Dominican Republic

I just landed in Santiago, Dominican Republic, where more premium cigars are made than any other place on earth. I’m here for the annual ProCigar...more

Posted: February 15, 2010    By David Savona

Blogs : Jack Bettridge

Romanced by the Stone of Destiny

I thought they’d all been vanquished, but every once in a while you find one: the single-malt-whisky snob who talks smack about blended Scotch as...more

Posted: February 12, 2010    By Jack Bettridge

Blogs : James Suckling

The Last Bottle?

What do you smoke with the last bottle of wine on Earth? I am not talking about the last bottle—it is not Armageddon yet. Nor do I think it will...more

Posted: February 11, 2010   

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