Style January 2021
LIKE FATHER, LIKE DAUGHTER
Originally published in Issue 45 of The Rake, Jemma Freeman, the Managing Director of Hunters & Frankau, tells our Editor Tom Chamberlin what she learned about the cigar business from her father, why it took her time to adapt to it, and how important it is to smoke in an elegant manner.
Pleasure December 2020
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.
Pleasure September 2020
ROLLING BACK THE YEARS
Edward Sahakian emigrated from Iran in 1979 with a dinner jacket and a few kilos of caviar in his luggage. A year later he established a cigar shop in Mayfair — Davidoff of London — and a legend was born. To help Davidoff celebrate their 40th birthday, THE RAKE gathered a few close friends to create a fitting memento…
Pleasure May 2020
Kraft At Home: Episode Five
Alexander Kraft’s new collection which is exclusive to TheRake.com was so highly sought after that we’re pleased to reveal that new stock has been added and we’re also delighted to present the fifth video of a weekly series focusing on Mr Kraft’s choice of drinks and cigars.
Pleasure December 2019
Cigars for keeps at Mark's Club
With the recent installation of the Birley Cigar Keeps, Mark’s Club in Mayfair has become London’s pre-eminent destination to enjoy a Habano.
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.
Pleasure September 2018
Oscar Wilde and the Joys of Smoking
In his account of the life and times of Oscar Wilde – which is witty and intelligent enough to match the man himself – Matthew Sturgis takes a look at the smoking habits of the 19th century’s most renowned dandy.
Pleasure August 2018
How To Select Your First Cigar
Relighting our Holy Smokes series, Mike Choi breaks down the elementary bits of information that a new cigar smoker should know, beginning with step one – selecting your first cigar.
Pleasure December 2017
Christmas Gift Guide: The Smoker
Cigar paraphernalia makes a smoking experience indefinitely more pleasurable, and a wonderful gift for the tobacco aficionado.
Pleasure December 2017
London's Top 5 Smoking Spots
Our Editor lists his best spots to enjoy a cigar in the big smoke, nominated for comfort, cigar selection and space.
News November 2017
Hunters & Frankau Launch the Cohiba Talismán
Hunters & Frankau invited The Rake to celebrate an exciting moment in cigar history, the first Cohiba world launch in the UK since 1993.
Craft August 2017
How Fallon Cigar Cases Protect Against the Elements
Travelling with cigars is a tricky business. Thankfully, Fallon has come up with an airtight and waterproof solution that ranks as highly in performance as it does on looks.