2018 Festival Del Habano – Gala Dinner Auction Humidors

10 Apr

To end my reports from this year’s February trip to Havana, here is a pictorial review of the Humidors and corresponding cigars that were auctioned during the Gala Dinner of the Festival del Habano. As I left Havana that day and do not attend official events anymore,  I thank Kai Ahrens for sending me this Read more…

Havana In Winter – Part Three – Cigars, Hector And The Vatican

21 Dec

Christian had left without being able to visit the Vatican as, due to some dumbass posting stupid comments on Facebook regarding the Talismanes release in London a week earlier, all visits there were cancelled and the saints had to pay for the sinners …. I never cease to be amazed by the stupidity of some Read more…

Back To Portmann Cigars In The Vintage VW Bus

8 Oct

It was the annual VW Bus ride ( with a large flowerpot as an ashtray ) with Frank and Jos down to Switzerland and Portmann cigars. A few boxes had to be picked up and, honestly, we missed the friendship, hospitality and love that the whole Portmann family extends to all their customers and friends. Read more…

Christian’s Great Weekend

4 Oct

It was the end of the Hermantour, the year long celebration of Christian’s 50th birthday and he had invited the same large group of friends to have a fantastic weekend full of friendship, excellent food and good spirit. I left on Friday morning, smooth driving all the way into the Netherlands for a few cigars Read more…

Cigares Avec Mon Frere Simon

11 Sep

It was a day just like the days Simon and I had in Havana together. Smoking, drinking, eating, exploring and having good conversations … Smoke we did – six cigars each, and talk we did too, a lot and into the night. Mon frere Simon and his lovely Eve from Montreal are on a European Read more…

The Big ANS Summer Meeting – By John Bongo

16 Aug

Being from Scotland, where you’re not allowed to smoke inside, the lack of decent facilities where you can smoke a cigar in relative comfort and warmth outside makes enjoying a cigar an almost impossible task. So, imagine the surprise and disbelief on my friends faces when I told them I was going to a cigar Read more…

Not A Good Idea – Havana In Summer

8 Aug

Having been in Havana last May when temperatures were already in the low to mid 30’s C and humidity was high I thought taking a short trip in late July/ early August would not be any different weatherwise. I was wrong. It was almost unbearable hot and sauna-humid … Fortunately the first Casa I stayed Read more…