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Blogs : James Suckling

A Sad Day for Dining

What was one of the last great cigar-gastronomic experiences in the world is over. La Guarida, arguably the best restaurant in Havana, closed its...more

Posted: January 8, 2010   

Blogs : Gordon Mott

Caribbean Smoking

The night was balmy. There was a moon high in the sky, and a light breeze off the nearby ocean, where you could hear the unusually high surf crashing...more

Posted: January 4, 2010    By Gordon Mott

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

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