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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   

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   

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