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The Mysterious History of Trinidad Cigars

In February 2019, at the Festival Del Habano, Trinidad Cigars celebrated their fiftieth anniversary as part of the cigar industry. The celebrations were grand – as to be expected for a 50th – as Trinidad were one of the main featured brands of the Festival del Habano, and announced the release of five new cigars; […]

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 […]

The Ultimate Guide to Gin

A Gin and Tonic

Gin has experienced an unlikely rise in popularity in recent years and it now plays a major role in the mainstream lifestyle of men and women of all ages. From an association with alcoholic writers and its role as a preventative for malaria, the spirit has gone from strength to strength, and it is perhaps, […]

CIA Attempted to Assassinate Fidel Castro with an Exploding Cigar

Fidel Castro during a visit to Washington, DC in April 1959

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro was a man who was known to enjoy his Cuban cigars – so much so, there was a period where he was hardly ever spotted without one. Of course, this is hardly surprising when you are the leader of the country which produces some of the finest cigars in 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, […]

Drinks Fit For Royalty: The Royal Family and Scotch

Scotch whisky has been in the lives of the British Royal Family for almost 200 years. Over the long whisky history, bottles have been made especially for the Royals, and some bottles around the world have been awarded a Royal Warrant! With the birth of a new prince and a Royal wedding, we’re sure that […]

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.

A Guide to the Smoking Jacket

Once upon a time, smoking jackets were worn every night after a dinner while enjoying a puff on a quality stogie. While such jackets are rarely used nowadays, we take a look at the history behind these iconic garments, and why they were so popular in the past.