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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   


Blogs : James Suckling

Day 8: Barns of Dreams

Just to give you an idea of what the tobacco looks like going in the barns, check out this latest video. It’s awesome. Hiroshi Robaina, the...more

Posted: February 13, 2008   


Blogs : James Suckling

Day 7: Comparing Apples to Oranges?

It wasn’t the first time that I smoked a “foreign cigar” with Alejandro Robaina, the great tobacco grower from Cuba’s Pinar del Río region....more

Posted: February 12, 2008   


Blogs : James Suckling

Day 6: Robaina's New Wrapper

The tobacco in Robaina's fields looked so good last week. It was bright green, large sized, clean, and ripe. Hiroshi Robaina, 32, the grandson of the...more

Posted: February 11, 2008   


Blogs : James Suckling

Day 5: Smoking Fumas

Most tobacco farmers in Cuba’s Pinar del Rio, the best tobacco region on the island, have their own fumas. They are the cigars that they make from...more

Posted: February 8, 2008   


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


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