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.
Icons March 2017
Havana Man of the Year: Edward Sahakian
Edward Sahakian of Davidoff London is surely one of the finest cigar shops in the world. It is at long last that the eponymous founder’s tireless work has been recognised.
Pleasure March 2017
Holy Smokes: How To Enjoy Your First Cigar
“The cigar is something that commands respect. It is made for all the senses and all the pleasures; for the nose, the palate, the fingers, the eyes. A good cigar contains the promise of a totally pleasurable experience.” – Zino Davidoff.
Pleasure January 2017
Holy Smokes: The Top Nine Cigars of 2016
I cannot believe 2016 passed so quickly. Has 2016 been a good year for cigars? For me personally, I think so. Not only have I smoked a shed load of…
Pleasure October 2016
Holy Smokes: The Top Ten New World Cigars
The Rake’s resident cigar aficionado sets his mind to the finest cigars of the New World, and confirms that they’re not all full of hot air…