Craft February 2023
The Rake's Takes: Christian Develter
Viewing a work of art should take its time. Christian Develter’s portraits are composed in such a way that, the more of our time and attention we give them, the more contemplative and alive his subjects become.
Pleasure June 2022
7 Minute Read Founder of the eponymous London cigar store on Mount Street, the late Desmond Sautter was also a pioneer of cigar storage. It is only fitting that current owner, Lawrence Davis has collected a delectable range of ‘Humitrunks’; one-off vintage trunks, which have been converted into the ultimate humidors.
Pleasure June 2022
A romantic trunk exploration: Louis Vuitton
7 Minute Read For long-haul escapism, Louis Vuitton trunks have provided the ultimate glamour when it comes to storage.
Style February 2022
SETTING THE WORLD ALIGHT
As the head of Hunters & Frankau, the exclusive U.K. distributor of Cuban cigars, Jemma Freeman occupies a rarefied position. She talks to The Rake about her influences and what she’s learned.
Style December 2021
Cigars: Cut out for Christmas
The Rake’s Editor-in-Chief Tom Chamberlin picks out a consummate selection of cigars for the festive break.
Style February 2021
Smoke Screen: Tom Chamberlin Talks Cigars
The Rake’s Editor Tom Chamberlin provides proper cigar cutting and lighting etiquette for your viewing (and smoking) pleasure.
News February 2020
The History of Cohiba
To celebrate this week’s Habanos Cigar Festival we’ve dug into the archives to celebrate the Cuban cigar world’s flagship marque. The Cohiba has become synonymous with the tiny island nation as well as the Commandante’s revolution. The brand has a legendary history, but most importantly, writes Nick Foulkes, originally as a feature in Issue 46 of The Rake, the experience of smoking a Cohiba remains one of life’s indelible pleasures.
Pleasure February 2020
Cigar of The Week: Media Luna
The Rake’s editor Tom Chamberlin offers his expert take on the Media Luna, an elegant new cigar named after a small Cuban town of the same name.
Pleasure January 2019
Holy Smokes: How To Light Your Cigar
The Rake’s cigar expert, Mike Choi, dispenses some words of wisdom in how to light your cigar and most importantly how not to, in other words, with a £50 note.
Pleasure October 2018
Holy Smokes: How To Cut Your Cigar
The cut of a cigar can make or break a smoke. Next up in our Holy Smokes series, Mike Choi explains how to execute a proper cut, so there’s no room for disappointment.
Code May 2017
What To Buy This Week: St Mark’s Square Essentials
St Mark’s Square, Venice, is one of the finest urban oases there is, so allow us to suggest some items to aid your escapism — with an obligatory negroni, of course.
Pleasure July 2016
Holy Smokes: Marrying Cigars and Champagne
Mike Choi’s experience in cigar pairings is second to none, so with The Rake’s online theme as Love & Marriage, we turned to the expert to recommend a match made…