James J Fox Blog

  1. La Gloria Cubana Britanicas Extra (RE 2017) Cigar Review

    La Gloria Cubana Britanicas Extra (RE 2017) Cigar Review
      After years of anticipation the La Gloria Cubana Britanicas Extra United Kingdom Regional Edition 2017 arrived June 2020. When the 2018 UK Regional Edition, El Rey Del Mundo La Reina, reached the shelves before the 2017 UK Regional cigar lovers were left a bit mystified and wondered whether the Britanicas Extra would make it to anyone’s humidor. Well Hunters...
  2. How to Store Cigars Without a Humidor

    How to Store Cigars Without a Humidor
    Any cigar connoisseur will, of course, own a humidor (or two or three). However, there are times when you may be caught without a humidor, or perhaps you’re not a regular cigar smoker, but you’ve been gifted a cigar, at a wedding say, and you don’t want to smoke it right then, but you know you will someday. The problem...
  3. A Guide to Cigar Strength

    A Guide to Cigar Strength
    Cigars vary widely in terms of strength. Some people prefer the full-bodied, strong taste of a cigar, whereas others may gravitate more towards a mild, yet satisfying smoke. We all have our preferences, and sometimes the occasion, time of day or accompanying drink may dictate the strength of the cigar we choose to light up. If you’re new to the...
  4. Cigar and Cuban Cocktail Pairings

    Cigar and Cuban Cocktail Pairings
    Cuba might be renowned for its exquisite cigars, but something else this island nation is famous for is its range of delectable cocktails. Whether you’re visiting this unspoilt land or just relaxing at home, a Cuban cocktail is the perfect way to indulge in an alcoholic beverage. They make great drinks for dinner parties and special events, and they’re not...
  5. How to Travel with Cigars

    How to Travel with Cigars
    Travelling, whether for business or leisure, can always be an adventure. Whether you’re jetting off on a sunny getaway, or taking a city break to get some much-needed culture, you don’t want to forgo life’s pleasures whilst travelling. Just like you might travel with your favourite brand of teabags or aftershave, one should not be without their favourite smoke whilst...
  6. Will Climate Change Affect Cuban Cigars?

    Will Climate Change Affect Cuban Cigars?
    Climate change is rapidly becoming one of the fastest-growing, global issues facing the planet today. Experts are all in agreement that much is needed to be done to stop the climate crisis from taking us down an irreversible path. Talk of species extinction, flooding and extreme weather conditions dominate these climate discussions. But something that perhaps people may not have...
  7. Perfect Cigars for Beginners

    Perfect Cigars for Beginners
    Joining the luxurious world of cigar smoking might seem intimidating to a complete newbie. Perhaps you’ve been fascinated by relatives and friends smoking cigars and you want to give them a go yourself, or maybe you’re a cigarette smoker looking for a better way to get your tobacco fix. Cigars may seem complicated with so many brands and varieties to...
  8. Smoke Your Way Around the Globe

    Smoke Your Way Around the Globe
    When it comes to cigars, you no doubt have your personal favourites. Whether it’s the reliable Montecristo No.4 or the exquisite Cohiba Esplendidos, everyone has their own tastes and preferences when it comes to the cigar. However, that doesn’t mean you should be closed off to trying new things, especially when it comes to cigars. To enter the realm of...
  9. Famous Cigar Smokers: Fidel Castro

    Famous Cigar Smokers: Fidel Castro
    Fidel Castro (1926 – 2016) was a Cuban communist revolutionary who governed as Prime Minister of Cuba and then as President of the Council of State. He remained Cuba’s political leader for nearly five decades from 1959 until 2008, turning Cuba into a one-party communist state, the first communist state in the Western Hemisphere. His life was fraught with international...
  10. 1935: The Year of Montecristo

    1935: The Year of Montecristo
    Montecristo is one of the most recognisable cigar brands in the world and consists of two brands, one produced in Cuba for Habanos SA and the other in the Dominican Republic for Imperial Tobacco, giving the option of both a Cuban Montecristo and a non-Cuban Montecristo. Unlike other brands, Montecristo is not especially old, first being rolled in just 1935...

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