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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   

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   

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