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Blogs : James Suckling

A Special Factory for Special Cigars in Havana

I thought I was going to the Partagas Factory on Friday but I was told it was closed. So I ended up hanging with some friends and smoking some cigars...more

Posted: June 9, 2008   

Blogs : James Suckling

A Message for America

Manuel Garcia, the commercial director for Habanos SA., the global marketing and distribution organization for Cuban cigars, probably knows more...more

Posted: June 6, 2008   

Blogs : James Suckling

Cigar Morning Meeting in Havana

It’s hot today in Havana. They say it’s in the high 80s but it fees like the 90s. And it’s super humid too. What a change from Europe, which...more

Posted: June 5, 2008   

Blogs : James Suckling

Que Rico To Smoke in the José Martí Airport

I sat in the VIP lounge at Havana's José Martí Airport for about an hour waiting for my bags. Everyone was super friendly, super chilled. I made...more

Posted: June 4, 2008   

Blogs : James Suckling

The Right Smoke for Cuba

What would you bring to Cuba for your first smoke? I always have that “problem” when I go to cigar smokers’ paradise. I like to light a cigar...more

Posted: June 3, 2008   

Blogs : David Savona

Reliving My Youth

My right knee is throbbing, my shins are swollen and both feet are sore. Why? I joined a few friends on Sunday and played soccer for a couple of...more

Posted: June 3, 2008    By David Savona

Blogs : James Suckling

Driving the Dream

I have to admit that I was a little nervous. Look at my face in the video before I drove the car. I think I look a little pale, even ashen. But it...more

Posted: May 30, 2008   

Blogs : Gordon Mott

A Top Ten Day

Every year, a friend of mine nominates the top ten days of the summer. The criteria are pretty loose, but basically it has to be warm, but not too...more

Posted: May 27, 2008    By Gordon Mott

Blogs : David Savona

A "New" Smoke From Pepin

So I thought I knew all of Jose “Pepin” Garcia’s smokes. I was wrong. I had lunch the other day with John Gonzales, national sales manager for...more

Posted: May 20, 2008    By David Savona

Blogs : Gordon Mott

End of a Tasting

There’s always a collective relief here when we finish up a tasting for one of our upcoming issues. I know most of you don’t understand this, but...more

Posted: May 19, 2008    By Gordon Mott

Blogs : Jack Bettridge

Scene Smoking  

Have Gun – Will Travel rerun, “Show of Arms” (circa 1957). DAWN in SAN FRANCISCO’s Hotel Carlton, where the TV western’s main character,...more

Posted: May 18, 2008    By Jack Bettridge

Blogs : James Suckling

London Smoking

I froze my ass off last night in London just to smoke a cigar with my good friends Jemma Freeman and Simon Chase, both of Hunters & Frankau, the...more

Posted: May 16, 2008   

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