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Blogs : James Suckling

Day 5: Behind The Scenes

I had planned to hit up some of the key cigar shops this morning, like Partagas and Club Havana. This is where a lot of action happens during the...more

Posted: February 29, 2008   

Blogs : James Suckling

Day 4: The Taste of an Habano

It was all about taste yesterday in Havana. I attended two tastings. One was a smoker in the El Laguito factory, the home of Cohiba cigars, and...more

Posted: February 28, 2008   

Blogs : James Suckling

Day 3: From Table to Ash

Sometimes I find it almost hard to believe that the cigars we buy in shops come from the rollers’ tables of cigar factories in Havana. When we buy...more

Posted: February 27, 2008   

Blogs : James Suckling

Day 2: Hola H. Upmann

I just got back from visiting the H. Upmann factory in Nuevo Vedado with some friends from Geneva, Switzerland. The main hermano was Arek Aboulian,...more

Posted: February 26, 2008   

Blogs : Gordon Mott

More Florida Days

Just got back from the South Beach Food & Wine Festival in Miami. There was some golf involved, but I won’t rub it in too much. Here are few random...more

Posted: February 26, 2008    By Gordon Mott

Blogs : James Suckling

Day 1: Morning View from La Habana

I woke up this morning in Havana in my hotel, the Melia Cohiba, and after a quick café con leche in the bar, I walked out onto the Malecon boulevard...more

Posted: February 25, 2008   

Blogs : David Savona

The Gift of Baseball

Baseball is king in the Dominican Republic, so when the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation created a school for the impoverished children around the...more

Posted: February 21, 2008    By David Savona

Blogs : Jack Bettridge

What Price Ecstasy?

By my calculations, I drank about $400 worth of Scotch whisky at lunch the other day. Before you go jumping to the same conclusion that my wife...more

Posted: February 20, 2008    By Jack Bettridge

Blogs : James Suckling

Peace and Love for Cuba

The news last night about Fidel Castro retiring from political duties in Cuba does not come as a surprise. The word on the streets of Havana has been...more

Posted: February 19, 2008   

Blogs : Gordon Mott

Florida Days

Last week, I escaped the Northeast winter. The trip lasted only for four days, coinciding with my wife’s journey to a seven-day stay at a West...more

Posted: February 15, 2008    By Gordon Mott

Blogs : James Suckling

Day 10: Goodbye Cuba

It was a cool trip to Cuba. I am back at home in Italy at the moment and posting my last video blog from the island. And I am sorry I left. There is...more

Posted: February 15, 2008   

Blogs : James Suckling

Day 9: Everyone's Lunch In Havana

Like I didn’t have enough heavy food already after lunch with tobacco maestro Alejandro Robania. But the day after my visit to his plantation, I...more

Posted: February 13, 2008   

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