A must-watch cigar movie

I recently had the opportunity to watch James Suckling’s “Cigars: The Heart and Soul of Cuba,” a new documentary about the cigar industry in Cuba.  The film starts in Havana, with Suckling enjoying a cigar on a patio overlooking the city, contemplating the value of Cuban cigars.  From there, Suckling travels throughout Cuba, visiting farms in the famous Pinar del Rio province of Cuba and making a special stop at the Robaina farm.  Throughout, he covers not only the Cuban lifestyle, but also the detailed process in which cigars are …

Aberlour A’bunadh

“I don’t drink much whisky, but when I do, I drink A’bunadh.” Sure, this is a bad paraphrase of an Aberlour review read in the spirits section of the local book store. But Jonathan Goldsmith riding a bull in Spain is exactly the sort of passionate image evoked by a dram of this marvelous spirit. Or maybe a better connection can be made to Dmitri Karamazov. There really is nothing else quite like it in the world of scotch whisky; nothing that combines the sensual, exotic deluge of sherry on the senses …

A Little Online Tie Shopping with Mitchell Roberts

Have you ever walked out of your favourite clothing store, disappointed about the current selection of patterns and fabrics,wondering where you will find that perfect tie you’re looking for? Maybe the thought of ploughing through the salesmen and mediocre selection of several other stores looms heavily in front of you. Going back to an old standby in the closet may start to seem like a more valuable way to spend your afternoon. There is another option at home though. You can browse the immense selection of ties online from a reputable vendor.
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The Gentleman’s Cellar: Summer Whites that Last

Red Wine is handy. You put it in your cellar and more than likely it will drink well over at least a few years, if not much longer. It may lose its fruit but will probably develop some appealing secondary flavours which offset the loss. Whites are a bit more delicate proposition. If the wine is a fresh, aromatic white there is risk that a lot of the zesty character that makes it delicious on the patio will fade after a year or two. These wines have often ended up in …

H. Upmann Sun Grown Magnum

Cigar makers have such interesting histories.  It seems that many started their foray in the tobacco industry without any idea that they would become famous for their cigars.  Herman Upmann is one of those who entered into the world of cigars from an industry completely unrelated to tobacco of any kind and become hugely successful.  He began as a German banker who created a line of cigars to promote his banking firm.  Now his legacy lives in H. Upmann cigars, made both in Cuba and South America.  Today we’ll take …

Villiger 1888

This is the third installment of reviews on Villiger cigars from Villiger Stokkebye International.  VSI was founded by the two families, Villiger and Stokkebye, in 1888 and 1882 respectively.  The two would come together to become well known in the European tobacco market for a range of products from machine made cigars to pipes and pipe tobacco.  Recently, in the past 30 years, their products have become available in the US, and have become known for their quality and craftsmanship.  Around that time, Villiger entered the handmade cigar market with …