The Story of the Aluminium Cigar Tube

Aluminium cigar tubes are as much part of the Havana cigar scene as labelled boxes, cedar cabinets and elegant humidors. The traditional hand-crafted boxes have been around for centuries. But when did tubes first make an appearance and who thought of the idea? Thanks to research I conducted last year into the 225-year history of…

Common Cigar Smoking Faux Pas

Whether you don’t want to look like a novice or just want to lay down the law on your fellow cigar smokers, here are some common bad practices that go by unnoticed too often. Removing the Band Prematurely This seems like a natural thing to do for most novice smokers. You might get lucky and…

A cigar-lovers’ guide to surviving the wedding season

The wedding season is upon us and there is no better way to celebrate than to share cigars. However, before you start planning you cigar purchases, there are a few key considerations to take into account. Do the numbers. If you’re a generous kind of person and intend to share the cigars around, make a rough estimate…

2017 Summer Event Season

An endless list of summer events where you can enjoy your cigars. From mass spectator events to music festivals, the UK will host a wealth of major events over the coming year and beyond. The list below shows some of the major events currently taking place 2017 and you can also download our free Simply Cigars British…

Cigar & Spirits: Should I Decant Wine & Spirits?

Should I Decant Wine & Spirits? There’s nothing better than an evening of good company, good conversations, and of course, good whisky and a cigar. The question is: how do you serve your whisky? We don’t mean neat or on the rocks, as that is the preference of the drinker. We are talking decanters. Are they…

Why choose cigars for a Christmas gift?

Why choose cigars for a Christmas gift? No, this is not a trick question! If you know someone who loves the occasional or frequent cigar, you just can’t go wrong with cigars as a Christmas gift. Any cigar lover will tell you there is no such thing as too many cigars; provided they have somewhere…

What makes Cuban cigars so great?

So what makes Cubans some of the finest cigars in the world? “If you’re interested in cigars, we’re already friends” says James Suckling, Cigar Aficionado Magazine’s Man in Havana. He’s an American based in Italy who has been coming to Cuba since 1992 and agreed to dispense some advice on a recent visit. We’re sitting in…

Top Selling Cuban Cigars by Brand

Here are our top-selling Cuban cigars by brand. With over 16 years of trading we know continuity in quality, the wonderful flavours and character as well as a minimum ageing of eighteen months, keeps our customers returning. It’s said that every hand-rolled Cuban cigar goes through at least 222 different stages before it is ready to…

Dalmore Whisky & How to taste whisky by a Master Distiller

How to taste whisky by Richard Paterson, Master Distiller for The Dalmore. The Dalmore Whisky The high production capacity of the distillery has resulted in a variety of official bottlings from which whisky enthusiasts can choose. The distillery’s most typical bottling is the 12 year-old, although they also produce a 15 year-old, an 18 year-old,…

The Origins of Cigar Aficionado

Cigar Aficionado is the worlds best selling  magazine that is dedicated to the world of cigars. Published since September 1992, the magazine is known for its articles about different brands of cigars worldwide, and for the celebrities that have appeared on its cover. It is also noted for its opposition to the Cuban embargo. The…