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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   

Blogs : David Savona

Smoke For Derby Day

There’s just something special about firing up a great cigar (or two) on Derby Day. This year, my wife and I celebrated in style with a great group...more

Posted: May 12, 2008    By David Savona

Blogs : James Suckling

Cuban Cigar Sting in L.A.

It is surprisingly easy to get Cuban cigars on the West Coast, especially Los Angeles. I was jonesing for a Cuban the other night in Los Angeles and...more

Posted: May 7, 2008   

Blogs : Jack Bettridge

The Sounds of Silence

Sunday night was my first great chance of the spring to blow smoke on my new deck. Perfect weather. A day of yard work behind me. It’s a school...more

Posted: May 6, 2008    By Jack Bettridge

Blogs : Gordon Mott

Opening Day

The day finally arrived--opening day at my country club. It wasn’t the best of weather on Saturday; the day dawned cold, cloudy and with light rain...more

Posted: May 5, 2008    By Gordon Mott

Blogs : David Savona

Better With Age

James Suckling was in town this week, so Monday night we headed out to an early dinner in midtown. We ate at Benoit, a new brasserie from Alain...more

Posted: April 30, 2008    By David Savona

Blogs : James Suckling

Breakfast of Champions

“Does it taste like 100 points?” asked David Savona, web tsar and senior editor of Cigar Aficionado. “Good question,” I responded as I smoked...more

Posted: April 29, 2008   

Blogs : James Suckling

The Questionable Process of Purging Your Cigar

I am embarrassed to say that I didn’t know what the hell purging a cigar was until recently. I am only using “hell” because my editors would...more

Posted: April 24, 2008   

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