Category Archives: Tobacco History

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 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 […]

The History of Culebras

When you think of cigars, the image you conjure up in your mind will likely be that of a stogie with a traditional shape, like a Corona or a Churchill – a long, brown tube of expertly rolled tobacco, with a rounded or tapered end. While the majority of cigar types will fit this description, […]

Five Unusual Facts About Cigar Smoking Icon Winston Churchill

Churchill before his Iron Curtain speech, cigar in hand.

When you think of cigar smoking icons, one of the first that probably pops into your head is Winston Churchill. The no-nonsense, former British wartime prime minister was often snapped with a stogie in mouth or hand, and as such, resulted in having a variety of cigar named after him. But what about the man […]

Cigar Questions Answered: How are Cigars Made?

Hand rolling a cigar

While cigars may seem like magical items, they certainly don’t appear out of thin air! A lot of hard work and skill goes into making the high-quality cigars we enjoy. It isn’t a quick process to make a cigar either, with the journey from field to finish often lasting several years. We take a look […]

Different Wrapper Types For Cigars

The wrapper of a cigar essentially acts as a form of marketing for the brand. As the first thing a cigar lover will see when inspecting their latest stogie purchase, the wrapper is a sign, indicating to them the taste, texture and flavours they may expect to find when enjoying a puff. The wrappers’ appearance […]

Trends in the Size of Cigars and Pipes

Cigars of different sizes

For most areas of our lives, the things we enjoy come in and out of fashion, from clothes to music styles, to the food we eat. Two years ago, when Nigella Lawson revealed her ‘recipe’ for mashed avocado on toast, it wasn’t long before the avocado toast trend was rife in the millennial brunching scene. […]

Living Like Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill smoking Romeo and Juliet Cigars

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.

How Does the Shape of Your Pipes Bowl Affect the Smoke?

A man lighting a pipe with a match

While many things have an impact on the tastes we get from our pipe, such as how fast we puff on it, how much tobacco we pack in and what we use to light it, the actual geometry of our pipe also plays a strong role in creating the flavours we receive. We take a […]