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May 2015

Ideal Time of Year to be Smoking a Good Stogie!

By David on May, 29th 2015 - 2:55 am

Ideal places to smoke your cigar - it is like when people ask me what is your favourite cigar? An impossible question to answer but it does create that fun debate much like who is the best footballer in the world?

Smoking a Cuban cigar ideally is when someone has a little bit of time to sit back and enjoy the experience whether a big heavy Bolivar or a lighter more subtle Quai d'Orsay. The wonderful difference between smoking cigarettes and smoking cigars is the slower pace of smoking a cigar. There is no fix that needs to be hit in 5 minutes, it is a gradual journey over 30 minutes or several hours depending on the size and your natural pace and one gets more reward as you smoke down the cigar, with different flavours and strengths as it burns down.

I think everyone's favourite time to smoke their best cigars is out in the open, fishing or playing golf or just at home on the porch, with a decent glass of something in 1 hand and a Monte 2 stogie in the other and just shooting the breeze with close family and friends. This is the best time of year to be smoking cigars, outdoor pursuits and hopefully with a little more time off from work I hope you all find a few moments to sit back and truly enjoy your cigars this Summer!

Long Weekend in Switzerland

By David on May, 22nd 2015 - 12:28 pm

Hi folks,

Well it's one of those long holiday weekends in Switzerland this weekend. The sun should be present and I have only one aim; to get the BBQ sparked up, a large slab of red meat, a chilled bottle of local Chasselas white wine (the white wine produced in the Vaud region) and most importantly a tasty, mild cigar. Richard is down for the weekend, so I will have to provide him with the usual Hoyo Double Corona, whilst I may dabble into a RyJ Wide Churchill. Flavour and girth. What more can a woman ask for!

Enjoy your weekend,

How will the next few years pan out in Cuba?

By David on May, 19th 2015 - 5:07 am

An interesting debate to have over a few crisp glasses of Speyside scotch and a nice Romeo y Julieta Churchill sitting outside on the porch is how will Cuba turn out if and when this embargo comes down with the United States?

Obviously they do not want to go back to the 1950s where American cronyism and big business left a somewhat bitter taste with the Cuban people and brought upon the revolution. There appears no particular appetite by the Cuban government to reduce their power over enterprise, though there have been some notable exceptions. There has been a huge increase in the number of rooms available to cope with the influx of tourists in recent months, many from private homeowners opening up their homes. This has always been a part of life in Cuba, but previously tourists may have felt hesitant to go for this and there were not hugely obvious options other than the grand hotels.

If you choose to go for the option in staying with a local family in their home, you will really get a unique experience, a warm and genuine welcome and also helping to contribute to the beginnings of private enterprise in Cuba which as we all know will be critical in the next 20 years for Cuba to move into the modern world and flourish like we know they can.

They maintain the best cigars in the world by a way in our view and we cannot wait for Americans to be able legally to get their hands on them whenever that comes about in 6 months or 5 years, but we are getting close one feels...

Happy smoking everyone


New Services from the US to Cuba

By David on May, 06th 2015 - 4:16 pm

Many people have been asking Richard and I what all the news in the past few months means for ordinary Americans who want to travel to Cuba or buy Cuban products. Even with the recent developments very little has changed for the regular person on the street.

Recent announcements of ferry links between Florida and Cuba and a few more chartered flights (Jetblue from JFK as well as several from Florida already) are welcome, but only Americans who have all the required documents can take advantage of these services - there are 12 different categories you need to jump through with the various government agencies.

These announcements are of course a welcome step in the right direction, but the trade embargo still stands, and that will need an Act of Congress to truly open up Cuba for Americans. It is coming but we are still a way off yet. Of course all our non American friends you have no issue going there, just don't try connecting through the US!

Happy travels

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