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October 2007

Halloween Party Cigars

By Richard and Rick on October, 25th 2007 - 12:43 pm

'Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.'

A Shakespearean mouthful that evokes all the terrifying excitement of the All Hallows Eve. Here at, we organize an annual Halloween fancy dress party (an excellent excuse for a food, drink and smoke orgy, our own little end of harvest celebration), which allows us to share some of our favorite Cuban cigars with friends in a very relaxed atmosphere. Share with us what you are doing and smoking for this Halloween eve...

Halloween Tombola - In order to make your 'Halloween' even more scary, we are offering a series of gifts. Look in your your cigar boxes ordered between 24th-31st Oct, to find tokens that will allow you to win free cigars. If you find the following -

Orange Pumpkin - Green Ghost

Simply write the token you found in the comment box on your next order (example "Green Ghost" if you found an Green ghost) and I will send your gift with your package. Terrifying, isn't it!

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All things Halloween

Robusto, the Modern smoke

By Richard on October, 16th 2007 - 4:39 pm

Short, direct and to the point, the Robusto is the ideal modern cigar. 30-40 mins of intense pleasure, perfect for after dinner or at an aperitif, these cigars come in a full range of power and aromas depending on the family you choose. Big ring gauge means you have a complex smoke in a smaller cigar and the shorter length allows you to dive directly into a second phase type of smoke. Looks for full body-ness in Partagas, Bolivar and Cohiba, spice and edginess in the Ramon and Vegas and more subtle sweet aromas in Hoyo and El Rey del Mundo's. Tell us what you think...

You can see:
Robustos Reviews -
Rating Cuban Robustos - Humatic Journal

// david // October, 18th 2007 // 7:32 pm

Just a quick question about the humatic Journal reviews. They repeatedly refer to flavor and effect. What do they mean by effect? Are they referring to a nicotine effect?
Thank you

// Rich // October, 18th 2007 // 12:52 am

Rubusto's? They're all I buy. They have enough thickness and length to deliver changes throughout the smoke and still finish in 45 minutes or less, which is all the time I really want to devote to a cigar on a consistent basis. I occasionally enjoy a pyramid(HU or Monte #2s) but generally that's as long as I can handle, even though I smoke cigars daily. Cohiba Sig 6s are awesome but I simply cannot afford them, as well as the rubustos. Nic cigars are good but the top quality cigars have escalated to the same price as Cubans so there isn't much incentive to buy them, Cubans are just smoother and easier on the palate. In short what I'm trying to say is the best bang for the buck are Cuban rubustos.

The king starts with the Bolivar RC, a compact strong smoke that will do well with aging, but I believe to be the best cigar coming out of Cuba right now. I found the El Rey Del Mundos underrated and the Partagas overated, the RJ short churchill is pretty decent too. I also had good experiences with Vegas and Ramone Allones, but keep in mind that Cigars like wine change from year to year, therefore I am always on the lookout for that next elusive smoke and will change brands at a moments notice if I feel there is something better out there. I tend to not stay with one brand.

Right now I believe Montecristo has captured the market for short Rubustos with it's Petite Edmundo, this is an absolutely fabulous cigar and better than it's larger counterpart, even better than the #2. You could say the same about the Hoyo petite rubustos, although 4 inches is a bit short for me others may find it ideal, it is a fabulous smoke. So if the trend is short smokes that deliver better character for the most part than larger cigars I'm all for it. It sure looks like a trend that will develop more and continue forward for years to come.

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cutting your cigars

By Richard on October, 08th 2007 - 9:58 am

A good cut is key to a good smoke. Like so many aspects of smoking Cuban cigars, the type of cut you choose has to suit your smoke. The choice of a punch trigger, guillotine or v-cut, will depend on the cigars you are smoking and the type of draw you prefer. My recommendation is always use a guillotine (or double) for Figurado cigars. This gives for an undisturbed smoke and will amplify the conic concentration of the pointed cigars. I prefer a punch cut to a v-cut for my non-pointed cigars, but this is a personal choice. Either way, remember to cut just above the cap or your cigar will unwrap and enough or your cigar will have a tight draw. Enjoy your smoke.

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Cutting a cigar -

// misba // January, 10th 2009 // 5:16 am

Nice blog! very interesting and informative! would like to know more about this topic!


cheese and smoke

By TopCubans Staff on October, 01st 2007 - 10:43 am

The cheese season is upon us in Switzerland, with a plethora of recipes to choose from. House favorites include the infamous Fondue and the very communal Raclette. Both dishes were created as a means of using up the old bits of cheese left lying around in the larder. Try a light, citrusy cigar, like a Vegueros, for a post Cheese dinner smoke. Very interesting and helps with the digestion.

You can see:
History of Fondue

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