5 of the Strangest Whiskey Distillery Techniques

Many whisky makers stick rigidly to their traditions, never straying from the tried and tested methods that have kept their distillery running for years. With a rising interest and popularity for whisky, many newcomers to the industry are having to forgo these traditions, in favour of weird and whacky techniques, in the hopes of gaining […]

Pipe Smoking Dos & Don’ts

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Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned pro, lots of people make avoidable mistakes when smoking pipes. These common mistakes can lead to a smoke that you’d rather forget, or even worse, put you off for good. Read our guide for the dos and don’ts of pipe smoking, to be sure you get a pleasant smoke […]

The Debated Origins of the Cigar Band

Aged Cuban cigars including Bolivar, Romeo y Julieta, Cohiba cigars and more

In today’s world of cigars, you’d be hard-pressed to find a cigar that didn’t come with its own distinctive band. Today, the band denotes the brand. Cohiba cigars, for instance,  can be identified by vibrant yellow, paired with black and white squares on the band. However, cigars historically didn’t always come with bands, and it is […]

All You Need to Know About Vaping

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For many, vaping has not only become a healthier, more cost-effective alternative for cigarettes, but it is also a way of life. The vaping community has established itself within societies all over the world, and there are various groups and forums where people share advice and tips that anyone looking to start vaping can join […]

Whiskies Made From Alternative Grains

In theory, whisky can be made from almost any grain, although the vast majority of distilleries will stick to the traditional four grains, which include barley, rye, corn and wheat. However, as the whisky world expands and distilleries look to new methods to get an edge on the ever-growing competition, non-traditional grains are being turned […]

Meet One of the Most Expensive Cigar Brands in the World

If you’ve been following our blog, you may have seen us discussing the Top 11 Most Expensive Cigars in the world. Gurkha was featured twice on the list, with their Gurkha His Majesty’s Reserve coming in at number 8, and the Gurkha Black Dragon ranking in fifth position. What we didn’t mention was their exclusive […]

Cigar Cutting And How To Get A Perfect Cut

Cigar and ash tray

First time cutting a cigar? Perhaps you’ve bought yourself a nice Davidoff 2000 to smoke with your pals that you can’t afford to cut wrong? Doing so could ruin the cigars structure and your overall experience. Don’t leave it to chance, we’ve created this guide for you to read up on to further your knowledge […]

7 Weirdest Whiskies in the World

Whisky is now one of the most lucrative businesses in the world, with sought-after bottles fetching thousands at auction. So, it is no surprise that many distilleries are attempting to produce whiskies with gimmicks, hoping to make their own fortunes from the whisky industry. While some have been great successes, others have proved a little […]

8 Fascinating Facts about Whisky

Whisky facts

Whisky is the tipple of choice for many, but while you might know your malt from your grain or your rye from your corn, how much do you actually know about your usual down at the local? It’s been around for centuries and has been there for generation after generation when they need it most; […]

Glossary of Cigar Terminology

Whether you’re a beginner or have been smoking for years, when talking about cigars, sometimes the fun of the smoke can be lost in the confusion of new terminology. Looking for a new cigar to try can prove a real challenge if you’re unsure about what some of the descriptors mean, so we’ve put together […]