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.
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 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…
Pleasure September 2016
Holy Smokes: Aging Room Solera Fantastico
In a bid to prove that the tobacco blending scene is not all about Cuba, The Rake’s smoking specialist indulges in a superior cigar from the New World.
Pleasure August 2016
Holy Smokes: The Art of Ageing Cigars
Ageing cigars requires patience and precision. The Rake’s resident habano sommelier provides the best way to experience a vintage cigar.
Pleasure August 2016
Holy Smokes: The Cigar Bucket List
Our resident cigar expert and aficionado counts down his five most sought-after smokes and considers how cigars just keep getting better with age.
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…