Category Archives: Cigars

Have You Smoked a Dirty Rat?

Marvin Samel of Drew Estate explains this extremely rare and exclusive cigar. Head over to Cigar Reader, my other blog, to learn more.

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St Barths Customs

Long lines, staccato questions and the ever-present threat o detention can make even the most honest of travelers start to sweat. With long, bureaucrat-controlled lines, the potential for frustration reaches incredible levels at customs stations around the world.

You’ll find none of this at the lone airport on St. Barthelemy.

Arriving off-season, of course, helped take the sting out of the customs gauntlet, such as it is, on St. Barths. But, I can’t imagine it being terribly daunting even during the busiest days of the year. The customs agent merely stamped and waved each visitor on.

As my fellow passengers left the terminal, the layer of border security left, too. Before I’d even stepped into the car, he was already leaning against a wall, cigarette in hand.

Priceless.

Disclosure: Eden Rock picked up the tab for this trip, and it would have been impossible to cover this destination otherwise, given the cost. Nonetheless, my opinions are my own – they’re certainly not for sale at any price.

Top Five from Cigar Reader

As you may remember, I recently launched a new cigar blog, Cigar Reader with John Biggs. We’ve been pretty active, and there are some important stories developing in the cigar world. Here are the top five:

New York Senate Cigar Champ Threatens Shutdown >>

Macanudo Wants You to Have a Trip, a Playmate and $2 Million >>

Cigar Smokers Key to Future of British Restaurants >>

CRA Smoke the Vote Offers Prendergast >>

Ten Ways to Come to a Different Conclusion >>