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…

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…

MONTECRISTO: 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF CUBA’S BEST-SELLING BRAND

Students of the origins of Havana cigar brands will know that one aspect of Montecristo which originally made it stand out from its competitors was that it came in just five sizes named numerically, as opposed to using the customary flowery Spanish titles. These were the No. 1 (a Cervantes), the No. 2 (a Piramide),…

Looking for an alternative to a Cuban Cigar? Try a Nicaraguan

Looking for an alternative to Cuban Cigar? Try a Nicaraguan. Just because a cigar says “Cuban seed tobacco” on its list of ingredients doesn’t mean the cigar will taste like the real thing — after all, the majority of the unique flavour comes from Cuban soil, rather than just the seed, itself.  — you’re not…

Winston Churchill’s 50th Anniversary Biography Quotes

London Mayor Boris Johnson grew up with Winston Churchill. That is, his parents would often quote the British Bulldog around the house. So when Churchill’s estate asked Johnson to write a biography to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Churchill’s death, the mayor agreed. We spoke with Johnson about Churchill’s legacy and his new book, The Churchill Factor.

Have A Cigar: Madison Avenue Managing Equality

Have a cigar! With the passing of International Women’s Day, we thought it might be interesting to reflect on the good old days of chauvinistic sexism. A time when a good woman knew her place– in the kitchen at the foot of her man. And when she wasn’t dreaming of getting appliances for Christmas she…

Cuban Cigars Pronunciation Guide

At Simply Cigars we want to help educate our readers so we have developed created the Cuban Cigars Pronunciation Guide. When new cigars arrive are you to embarrassed to order them because you aren’t sure how to pronounce the names? Do cigar store staff look at you vacantly as you desperately try to pronounce Por Larrañaga…

Cohiba Cigars 50th Anniversary

The exact origins of the Cohiba are somewhat obscured by a half century or so of cigar smoke, but this year has been chosen as its 50th anniversary. However, my great discovery (or, rather, rediscovery) has been San Cristóbal, a much less widely known marque – a state of affairs I hope will remain that…

Hoyo de Monterrey Añejado Cuban Havana Cigar Now Available

The new Hoyo de Monterrey Hermosos No.4 Añejado havana cigar have been released by Habanos S.A and is now available in Havana Cigar Specialists and selected catering outlets across the UK. Following on from last year’s successful introduction of the Añejado concept (with the Romeo y Julieta Pirámides and Montecristo Churchill), the Hoyo de Monterrey will…

United States Trade Embargo and Cuban Cigar Sales

On 7 February 1962, United States President John F. Kennedy imposed a trade embargo on Cuba to sanction Fidel Castro’s communist government. According to Pierre Salinger, then Kennedy’s press secretary, the president ordered him on the evening of 6 February to obtain 1,200 H. Upmann brand petit corona Cuban cigars; upon Salinger’s arrival with the…