‘Tis the season to leave your Christmas shopping until the last minute. Year on year, men leave their Christmas shopping to the absolute last minute. It’s become such a phenomenon that shops now specifically prepare for this event, dubbed the ‘Man Dash’. For the few organised enough to be unaware of the ‘Man Dash’, it is when it gets to Christmas Eve, and you realise that you have yet to get a gift for that all important person, or more likely, for anyone at all!
While Winston Churchill is perhaps best known for being the Prime Minister to lead Britain successfully through the Second World War, the man is also known for his love of food, liquor and, most importantly, cigars. We take a look at these three loves in this iconic man’s life.
Fashion is forever changing, as is its nature, but some things come in and out of fashion quicker than others. In the world of facial hair, moustaches have been on the out swing for a long time, but are they being let back into our lives, or will they remain shaved off our faces forever?
First impressions count, and as the first thing the smoker notices when looking at a cigar, the colour and sheen of the wrapper are incredibly important for revealing the quality of the cigar. The cigar wrapper essentially acts as a marketing tool for the cigar, and the manufacturer, trying to sell us the stogie with its appeal of attractiveness. But does the look of it sometimes forsake the flavour?
Whether you’re an advocate for smoking your cigar after dinner, before dinner, or not revolving around your food schedule at all, the growing trend in the world of cigars is to pair them with food flavours, much like you would with whiskies and wine. This trend is somewhat splitting opinion; you either believe in the practice of food pairings, or you don’t. We could debate forever as to what is the proper practice in regards to mixing the bite with the puff, but we reckon that as a cigar can enrich any moment anyway, you may as well give it a go! To help you on this delicious journey, we have a few tips to get you started.
Cuba’s first Edición Limitada of 2017, the Cohiba Talismán, made its debut last night in London. The big, dark cigars had a bit of a surprise…pigtail caps!
When the Cohiba Talismán was announced in February at the Habanos Festival, art for the new Cohiba showed a picture-perfect mounted head. But there’s always a long delay—typically several months—between the Cuba preview and marketplace appearance for new Cuban cigars, and this year when the finished cigars arrived in London they had pigtails.
Habanos had no comment when asked why the change had been made.
In London, a single Talismán retails for £65 and a box of 10 sells for £600. The cigars, which measure 6 1/8 inches long by 54 ring, were rolled at Cuba’s famed El Laguito Factory, according to Habanos S.A. They are slated to go on sale worldwide soon after this British debut. Havana House will be hosting the first shop event in the world for the Cohiba Talismán at their Windsor Cigar Lounge.
The other two 2017 Limitadas—the Punch Regios de Punch (4 3/4 by 48) and the Partagás Serie No. 1 (5 1/2 by 52) are expected later this year.
The golden leaves have almost all fallen off the trees, the days are getting shorter, and the occasional frost is appearing on the ground in the mornings. As winter sets in, we all begin to think about the festivities ahead. Eating delicious winter warmers, spending quality time with friends and family and sharing gifts and a great time with one another on Christmas day.
As the winter chill starts to settle in and the nights turn in early, it’s about this time of year that we settle down and watch a good film or TV series. We all have our favourite movies like we have our choice of single malts and Cuban cigars. But do you know which media productions feature Scotch whisky?
Christmas lights are starting to brighten up the dark skies, and our hats and scarves are out for good; the festive period has officially begun! In this chilly weather there isn’t much we enjoy more than cosying up by the fire with our favourite pipe, so why not gift one to your favourite people? You don’t have to worry about beating the Christmas rush, or what to buy, as we have compiled a list of the very best pipes for you to buy this festive season!