Are Whiskey and Bourbon the Same Thing?

Bourbon whiskey

A commonly asked question relating to whiskey is whether or not Bourbon and whisky are the same thing. At its simplest, the answer is that Bourbon is a type of whiskey, but not all whiskies are Bourbons. To count as a Bourbon, the whiskey must meet a strict set of rules regarding its ingredients and […]

The Fascinating History Behind Cuba’s Cigar Industry

Cuban cigars

Cigar smoking tends to lend itself to moments of calm, allowing you to sit back in a chair, as the luxurious smoke swirls around you, and have a good think about things. If you’re a fan of Cuban cigars, you may have thought about where they come from and how they have gained such a […]

A Guide to Cigar Smoking in New York

New York City

Whether you’re planning a trip to the big apple or you’re already stateside and want to know where you can go to grab a great Cuban cigar, we’ve put this guide together to help you get the best stogie in New York. We’ve previously looked at cigar smoking in London so this time we wanted […]

5 Health Benefits of Drinking Whisky

whisky health benefits

We will all be aware of the risks that come from overindulging in a few too many glasses of whisky too often, but are you aware of the potential benefits that the drink can bring when enjoyed in moderation?! While there is still a lot of debate as to whether the health benefits of alcohol, […]

A Guide to the Types of Pipe Tobacco

With a countless number of tobacco blends available from all over the globe, it can be difficult to believe anyone could have tried them all; never mind choose which one to go for next. The variety and blends are endless, and you will often find independent tobacconists creating their own blends to add to the […]

What is Dokha Tobacco?

Dokha Arabic Tobacco

Something we’ve recently added to our offering here at Havana House is Dokha, an Arabic tobacco that is becoming increasingly popular in the UK. There are a number of reasons for its popularity which we’ll explore in this article in more detail, however, in short it offers a more intense smoking experience – perhaps something […]

How to Build Cake in a New Tobacco Pipe

When discussing pipes, the word ‘cake’ no longer means a delicious baked good, but rather refers to the process of building up a layer of carbon on the inner walls of your pipe’s chamber! Cake, in this context, is the black layer on the inside of tobacco pipes, however, achieving the perfect cake is not […]

What is Festival Del Habano?

Cigars at the Festival Del Habanos

Cuba is perhaps the most famous cigar producing country in the world, it brings in roughly $450 million every year from cigar exports and therefore is the country best placed to hold the largest annual gathering of cigar professionals and lovers, the Festival Del Habano. But what is this event? In this article, we’ll look […]