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…
Pleasure June 2016
Holy Smokes: Cigars to Take on Your Travels
Accessories and accoutrements to allow you to smoke in style wherever you are in the world.
Pleasure June 2016
Holy Smokes: Cigars From The Exotics
Cigar sommelier Mike Choi dips his toes in the New World of exotic smokes from the Dominican Republic.
Pleasure May 2016
Holy Smokes | Ramon Allones Phoenicia 30th Anniversary
“Aficionado my ass….I just love to smoke cigars”. James Woods could not have summed up cigar smoking better. Sometimes we get bogged down in all the showmanship, titles and the…
Craft May 2016
Make Room For A Bad Muthafuka
When it comes to cigars, size matters. So why doesn’t the same apply to cigar cases? Fortunately, the French trunk makers Goyard know how to keep everything in proportion.
Pleasure September 2015
Fire Starters: The Sampling Room at the Bulgari Hotel
The Cigar Shop and Sampling Room in the Bulgari Hotel Knightsbridge is a space for all smoking connoisseurs, amateur and veteran alike.