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  • English Market Selection Cigars (EMS): Are They Really All That They're Cracked up to Be?

    English market selection (EMS) cigars have gained quite the reputation. There's this idea that they are superior to all other Cuban cigars. Essentially, the rumors are that Hunters & Frankau have special access to cigars produced in Cuba; therefore the UK gains the best of the batch. The question is, how much of this rumor is actually true?

  • Cuban Cigars Versus New World Cigars: Which Ones Are the Best?

    It seems to be the age old battle, Cuban cigars versus new world cigars, which of the two are actually better? Many cigar smokers will only smoke specific kinds of cigars and tend to stray away from experimenting. A large number of Cuban cigar smokers won't even consider trying anything from outside of the country.

  • Cigar Aficionado Has Halved the Number of Cuban Cigars in Its Top 25 List

    Cigar Aficionado has been producing it's top 25 list of best cigars every year since at least 2004. As a publication, it has built a great reputation within the industry and this is why its best cigars lists have so much weight.

    Cuban cigars remain one of the most popular types of cigars currently on the market. However, over the last decade Cigar Aficionado has been reducing the number of Cuban cigars that appear in its top 25 list of best cigars.

  • New Sanctions on Cuba: No More Cuban Cigars to the US

    The relationship between Cuba and the US has been temperamental for quite some time now. Product produced by the Cuban government are essentially banned in the US. Barrak Obama did make a few changes during his term to open up relations, however Donald Trump has now made the stance clear with his latest decision. 
  • Why Are Cuban Cigars So Expensive?

    When you consider the cost of general tobacco products like cigarettes and pipe tobacco, one could be excused in thinking that Cuban cigars are too expensive. In the UK you can purchase 25g of pipe tobacco for less than £10. For that price, you couldn't even buy a Petit Corona. So why are Cuban cigars so expensive?

  • Montecristo Supremos LE 2019 Cigar Review: A Must Have for Collectors

    Over the last few years, I've tried to smoke as many limited edition cigars as my bank balance could allow. Most of these were Cuban cigars from well known brands like Cohiba, Montecristo and Romeo y Julieta. Unfortunately, every single limited edition cigar I have smoked in the last few years has been a complete disappointment; until now. 
  • These Are The Best Value Cuban Cigars You Can Buy

    Budget cigars generally come with compromises. Most budget cigars are produced with lesser quality tobacco. The fillers in these cigars tend to be short filler or sometimes mixed filler. These are ok, but obviously won't offer the same quality as a premium, long filler cigar. What if, there was a budget Cuban cigar brand, that produced long filler cigars.
  • Cohiba Siglo VI vs Cohiba Piramides Extra - Which Should You Buy?

    Cohiab is the flagship Cuba cigar brand and due to this they are almost always more expensive than their equivalents from other Habanos brands. I wanted to compare two relatively premium Cohiba cigars, the Siglo VI and the Piramides extra to see which one is the better choice. 
  • Here's What Happened When I Smoked a Fake Cuban Cigar

    In my latest video, I decided to do something that was clearly ill advised. As the title  suggests, I smoked a fake Cuban cigar in order to review and see what it was all about. One of the claims that some people make, is that they're still Cuban cigars because they were made in Cuba; This is complete and is utter nonsense. 
  • Unboxing the Beautiful but Pricey H. Upmann Sir Winston Gran Reserva Cosecha 2011 Cigars

    The H. Upmann Sir Winston cigars are in my view, some of the best Churchill sized cigars currently on the market. Obviously, these cigars are named after Prime Minister Winston Churchill, which gives it more of a special place in British society. In my latest video I take a look at a box of these special cigars. 
  • This Is the Best Monthly Cigar Subscription You Can Buy

    Over the last few years we've seen a number of companies offering monthly cigar subscriptions. I've personally thought about signing up to one of these too, unfortunately, the cigars you receive in general just don't appeal to me. More recently, CGars Ltd started their very first completely Cuban cigar subscription and I couldn't be happier. 
  • Three Reasons Why Cuban Cigars Are In-Fact The Best

    Ever since I started smoking cigars, one of the most common things I have heard is about how Cuban cigars are overrated. Personally, I think that's complete nonsense especially considering the fact they continue to outsell the competition in most markets where they're available.