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Blogs : James Suckling

Christmas Past

You might think that I am slightly old fashioned at times but I think that a photo is worth a thousand words in some cases. Please check out my photo...more

Posted: December 30, 2009   

Blogs : James Suckling

A Christmas Tale

I am ready for Christmas. I thought that I should leave a nice Cuban smoke for Father Christmas when he comes down the chimney on the 25th in San...more

Posted: December 23, 2009   

Blogs : Jack Bettridge

A Scotch Master Looks Back

What to call John Ramsay? His title is master blender. But given that that is a pretty common spirits-industry term defining a person who oversees...more

Posted: December 21, 2009    By Jack Bettridge

Blogs : Gordon Mott

12 Days of Christmas

I attended a gathering at the Cigar Inn, the home of Cigar Aficionado’ s lounge. Billy, Gus and Bass Fakih hosted a group of cigarmakers including...more

Posted: December 15, 2009    By Gordon Mott

Blogs : Gordon Mott

Nicaragua, Part III

The sun was dropping below the mountaintops, and darkness was coming quickly to the small farming valley in north central Nicaragua. But Dr....more

Posted: December 10, 2009    By Gordon Mott

Blogs : Gordon Mott

Nicaragua, Part II

The day dawned early with a 7:30 departure to Estelí, Nicaraguan time. We left at 8:20 and spent nearly an hour slowly weaving through early morning...more

Posted: December 8, 2009    By Gordon Mott

Blogs : Gordon Mott

Nicaragua, Part I

I was in Nicaragua last week for the first time in years. For me, it was a nostalgic trip, as it is every time I visit, because of my time there as a...more

Posted: December 7, 2009    By Gordon Mott

Blogs : David Savona

Smoking Cigars in Nicaragua

Eight a.m., Estelí, Nicaragua. I haven’t had breakfast but I’ve already lit my first cigar. This is how I live when I’m in Nicaragua, home to...more

Posted: December 6, 2009    By David Savona

Blogs : David Savona

Meeting Jose Oliva In Miami

I got up early this morning and left frosty New York for sunny Miami, and spent the day with Jose Oliva, vice president of Oliva Cigar Co. in Miami...more

Posted: December 1, 2009    By David Savona

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

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