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Blogs : James Suckling

Day 4: Home Sweet Home in Pinar del Rio

It’s like going home when I visit Alejandro Robaina and his family, the famous tobacco growers in Pinar del Río. Alejandro, 89, is a warm and...more

Posted: February 7, 2008   


Blogs : James Suckling

Day 3: Watering Holes and New Cigars

Is El Floridita the best bar on earth? New York has the Café Carlyle Hotel. Paris has the American Bar in the Ritz. And Los Angeles has Polo Lounge...more

Posted: February 6, 2008   


Blogs : James Suckling

Day 2: Cigar Shop Talk

Hit up my first cigar shop yesterday. La Casa del Habano at Conde Villanueva is located in Old Havana near the Plaza San Francisco in a small hotel...more

Posted: February 5, 2008   


Blogs : Gordon Mott

My Stash

Someone on the forums recently asked about the home humidors of the Cigar Aficionado editors. I decided to ignore my inner censor that kept shouting,...more

Posted: February 1, 2008    By Gordon Mott


Blogs : David Savona

Payback Time

I’m the commissioner of a fantasy football league in my town. One thing has remained constant since it began four years ago—I haven’t won. Not...more

Posted: January 31, 2008    By David Savona


Blogs : James Suckling

The Sad Truth of It

Smoking outside is not what it’s cracked up to be! In fact, it mostly sucks at this time of year. I was thinking about this other night when I was...more

Posted: January 24, 2008   


Blogs : Gordon Mott

Old Friends

I had a great phone call last week. I was sitting at my desk, finishing up one of my mystery tasting panel cigars (it wasn’t very good), and I...more

Posted: January 22, 2008    By Gordon Mott


Blogs : David Savona

The Dominican Republic—Day Four

Today we headed out to the Bonao region of the Dominican Republic, an agricultural area about halfway between Santiago and Santo Domingo. We were...more

Posted: January 18, 2008    By David Savona


Blogs : David Savona

The Dominican Republic—Day Three

Today I saw a brilliant tobacco field, watched my co-worker learn how to roll a cigar, ate more than my fill and saw the biggest collection of cigar...more

Posted: January 17, 2008    By David Savona


Blogs : David Savona

The Dominican Republic—Day Two

I spent the day looking at tobacco fields and cigar factories here in Santiago. It was a bright, warm and sunny day, as this is the heart of tobacco...more

Posted: January 15, 2008    By David Savona


Blogs : David Savona

Back in the Dominican Republic—Day One

There’s something about that first glimpse of a palm tree, that first smell of the air, the initial shock of feeling warmth in the middle of the...more

Posted: January 14, 2008    By David Savona


Blogs : Gordon Mott

My Christmas Present

I’ve been holding back, for almost an entire month. But I didn’t want to spoil the car section of the Good Life Guide in the Jan/Feb issue of...more

Posted: January 9, 2008    By Gordon Mott


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