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 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 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.
Style January 2018
5 Alternative Ways to Wear Black Tie
Whether you’re a rakish rule-breaker or a smouldering sybarite, here’s our guide to making black tie your own.
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.
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.
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.