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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

Blogs : David Savona

Fight For Your Cigar

It’s time to pick up the phone and to fight for your right to have a cigar at a price you can afford. News broke this week—in Cigar Insider , on...more

Posted: July 18, 2007    By David Savona

Blogs : James Suckling

Just Last Night

I smoked a La Gloria Cubana Medaille D’Or No. 2 last night. It was the first of a box I had laying around in my cellar for the last 10 years. And...more

Posted: July 17, 2007   

Blogs : Jack Bettridge

Why a Culebra?

The culebra cigar shape has always flummoxed me. Spanish for snake, a culebra is a crooked viper of a cigar, usually packaged in a set of three...more

Posted: July 17, 2007    By Jack Bettridge

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