Christmas Cigars

The Rake’s Editor Tom Chamberlin picks out a consummate selection of newly available cigars that the good folk at Hunters & Frankau, Britain’s Cuban cigar importers, assure him are in good stock and available for Yuletide smokes that are equally excellent Christmas gifts as they’re for one’s own consumption.

For many, the build-up to Christmas is a reminder of that feeling we had when school was nearing an end and there was a wind down of pressure to allow for a period of calm and serenity. In those periods of contemplation and reflection, it is only fitting that your humidor is filled with all manner of cigars that when set alight will bring much needed catharsis. Here is a list of cigars which are newly available to the market that you should consider…

Linea Retro: Cuba has gone packaging crazy recently, as you will have seen from the lime-green boxes of the recently-released Ramon Allones Limited Edition. Here we have the Linea Retro, a selection of four types of Mareva-sized (5 1/8” x 42) cigars which come in rather stylish metal tins of five cigars which were inspired by the much sought after pocket cases that were popular in the 70s.

The full Linea Retro collection is:

Upmann Regalias (light to medium)

Romeo y Julieta Club Kings (medium)

Partagás Capitols (full)

A Hoyo de Monterrey Souvenir de Luxe will also be released soon but that may have to wait till 2021.

Pairing: To be drunk with hot chocolate


    December 2020


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