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Cigar Insiders

A Behind the Scenes Look at the Cigar Industry’s Road Warriors by Jon Shakill When it comes to going behind the scenes in the cigar industry, people tend to think of the tobacco farms and the growers, the cigar company blenders, executives, and the owners. Rarely is there a story, though, about the road warriors […]

John F. Kennedy: 50 Years After the Cuban Embargo

The enduring legacy of the 35th President of the United States, and the lasting Cuban embargo By Jon Shakill On Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and the entire world mourned. Kennedy captured the hearts and minds of a generation like no other president before him. Three years earlier, the 43-year-old Kennedy […]

An Interview with Bret Baier

From bartender to anchor, he has covered the Pentagon and White House, moderated presidential debates, and traveled the world By Jon Shakill Bret Baier is the anchor of FOX News Channel’s “Special Report with Bret Baier” that airs Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Eastern. According to Nielsen Media Research, “Special Report” […]

Jessy Greene

Whisky Loving Rock ‘N Roll Maven Behind the scenes with the touring and recording multi-instrumentalist and brand ambassador for Label 5 Blended Scotch Whisky by Jon Shakill Jessy Greene is a rock ‘n roll maven who prefers a good whisky on the rocks over a pink cocktail. A highly-talented professional multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, she is […]

The Angel’s Share Collection from Mark Russo

The world’s most exclusive custom made scotch, incredible excursions, and $1,000 cult wine by Jon Shakill Have you ever wanted to get a taste of history? The question may seem odd at first, but let me explain. If you’re not familiar with fine vintage spirits, that’s exactly what the experience represents. There are many ways […]

Top 20 Cigars of 2013

We are happy to bring you what our Rating Panel has ranked as the top 20 cigars from the hundreds of brands that they have sampled in the past year. Some of the ranked cigars have only been out on the market for a year or so, whereas some well-known, tried and true cigars made […]

Whiskey Drinking Vessels

Choosing the right glass can make a difference by Matt Lange So you are a serious whiskey drinker. You have accumulated a bit of a bottle collection. You know what makes Single Pot-Still Irish whiskey special, you know what the “angel’s share” is, and you know what makes Tennessee Whiskey different from Bourbon. But have […]

Ventura Cigar Company

Ventura Cigar Company announces introduction of two new brands and consumer driven marketing strategy You may already know Ventura Cigar Company, the group that introduced Pura Sangre and Estilo Cubano at the IPCPR cigar industry convention in 2011; or rather you may have known Ventura Cigar Company. Under the direction of recently appointed Brand Manager, […]

Interview with the Former President of Mexico Vincente Fox

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF MEXICO VICENTE FOX by Jon Shakill A man with strong passion, determination, and compassion for others, President Vicente Fox served as the President of Mexico from 2000 to 2006. His election to office was a historical one for Mexico, being the first person from the opposition party […]

The Jon Taffer Story

From Managing and Consulting, to Publishing and Tradeshows Jon Taffer is not only star of Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue,” he is a seasoned industry expert who has been rescuing bar businesses for decades by Jon Shakill The Rescue Mission Walking into a dingy, dirty dive bar, that’s not only appalling, but also losing money on […]

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