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Blogs : David Savona

RTDA Blog: The Wrapup

I’m back in the office with a full notebook, bags and bags of new cigars and a slightly groggy head. RTDA is over. Despite the lower attendance...more

Posted: August 9, 2007    By David Savona


Blogs : David Savona

RTDA Blog: Day Three

My voice went out sometime around 8 last night, the victim of lots of cigars and maybe a little too much talking. Occupational hazard. I’ll be...more

Posted: August 7, 2007    By David Savona


Blogs : David Savona

RTDA Blog: Day Two

It’s still a rather thin crowd here at the RTDA show. "It’s under populated," said one industry veteran, starting out at the aisles. It seems as...more

Posted: August 6, 2007    By David Savona


Blogs : David Savona

RTDA Blog: Day One

I was taking my first walk around the show floor here at the 75th Retail Tobacco Dealers of America trade show in Houston, and there it was: a full...more

Posted: August 5, 2007    By David Savona


Blogs : David Savona

Heading to Houston

This weekend I’m flying to Houston to hang out with most of the U.S. cigar industry at the Retail Tobacco Dealers of America trade show. It’s the...more

Posted: August 3, 2007    By David Savona


Blogs : James Suckling

A Matter of Taste

Taste preferences are a funny thing, even with cigars. Last week, I had two instances when some buddy’s ideas about a cigar were completely the...more

Posted: August 2, 2007   


Blogs : Jack Bettridge

The Cigar and Cognac Conundrum

Sometimes this antismoking dementia gets in the way of my doing my job. The other night I was invited to a dinner hosted by Remy Martin. The point...more

Posted: July 31, 2007    By Jack Bettridge


Blogs : Gordon Mott

My Greatest Cigars

My recent vacation in the Canadian Rockies reminded me of another of the greatest cigars I have ever smoked. It was in 2000, and I was at Lake O'Hara...more

Posted: July 27, 2007    By Gordon Mott


Blogs : David Savona

A Preview of Ashton's New San Cristobal

Today Sathya Levin and Manny Ferrero of Ashton Cigars came by the office for a few smokes and some lunch. They were giving me a first taste of their...more

Posted: July 25, 2007    By David Savona


Blogs : Gordon Mott

A Summer Night Saved

Dinner was raucous, a gathering of friends on a terrace overlooking the 18th green at Sleepy Hollow Country Club. We were all enjoying a great buffet...more

Posted: July 24, 2007    By Gordon Mott


Blogs : James Suckling

Perfume to Politics

I was at a big dinner on the Tuscan coast in honor of the American Ambassador for Italy over the weekend. About 40 or us were fêting the friendly...more

Posted: July 23, 2007   


Blogs : Jack Bettridge

A Smoke After A Smoky Meal

Normally, the news that my livery car is running 15 minutes late doesn’t make me happy, but last night was an exception. Savona and I had just left...more

Posted: July 20, 2007    By Jack Bettridge


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