I LOVE travel, but boy; it’s good to be home. I’m back at Hammond Towers after a whistlestop tour, taking in five countries in 10 days, albeit most of them only stopovers on the way to somewhere else.
ANOTHER of the great gifts that cigars give us is the possibility of combining our passion with a spot of travel. Many of you who regularly read this column live overseas, so allow us a moment to explain to you what an English winter looks like.
AH, the RASS – spoken of reverentially and still one of the great ballads of the Cuban cigar songbook. For the uninitiated, a RASS means nothing at all, but spend more than a few cursory moments observing the cigar scene and you will hear this simple, yet superb cigar mentioned with a wistful sigh by cigar fans with taste the world over.
IT’S easy to forget when you’ve been a cigar fan for a long time, that not everyone may be quite as assured as you in a cigar shop or lounge – or necessarily know what you’re on about when you begin to wax lyrical.
THE world cigar market continues to fascinate; now moving and changing as fast as it has done in generations. The great tectonic plates of Cuban cigar making and those from the rest of the major cigarmaking nations are shifting – and we can see new landmasses being formed right in front of our very eyes.
IT’S easy to think that all is doom and gloom in the cigar world – and beyond, for that matter – but here at Sautter we think it’s of vital importance to view your glass as half-full as often as possible.
FOR someone who has been intimately involved in London’s cigar scene for decades, Magali de la Cruz still shows a remarkable level of enthusiasm for the humble hand-rolled cigar. If you’ve ever been to Sautter of Mount Street, the chances are that you will have met, or at least seen – and more than likely, heard Mags.
ONE doesn’t like to mention the fact too early, but it’s nearly that time again. Whatever your religious persuasion, there’s a good chance that you may take advantage of the majority of people gleefully whacking the Out of Office button and take some well-earned time off yourself at the end of the year.