The 3 Brasseurs Tour

Les 3 Brasseurs is a France-based microbrewery which expanded first to Quebec Canada, then Ontario, and now has a location in Brazil as well.  Each location brews their beers on-site, including a “Neighbourhood Beer” which is unique to that location.  After a few visits we decided we need to have …

Recharging Boveda Humidification Packs

Boveda makes some incredible little humidification packets.  They release at a very precise humidity level that’s labelled on the package, and you can select them based on your preference.  They’re great for travel humidors, shipping products, or calibrating hygrometers.  Because they’re a 2-way humidity control, there’s no such thing as …

Deciphering Cigar Tasting Notes: The Science Behind It

“I taste leather”, “I taste espresso”, or “it tastes floral to me.” Explaining Cigar Tasting Notes with Science Recently I came across a fascinating article by Franca Comparetto of cigarsense.com (which by the way is a brilliant site.)  She explains what she learned in an interesting study entitled “Di Cosa Sa un Sigaro?” They go …

Straight Edge vs Slant Bar Razors

So you want to know the difference between a slant edged, straight edged, and open comb razor?  Look no further!  The answer is in fact fairly straight-forward: The Straight Edged Razor The double edged (or DE) safety razor has been around in one form or another since the late 1800s. …

About Eric Whitfield: The Cigartist

In our search for some awesome cigar paintings, we discovered Eric Whitfield: A man who has quickly become our favourite cigar artist, and self-named “cigartist.” Here’s an excerpt from his bio on site cigartist.com “I’m a cigar lover. I’m an artist. I am…the CIGARtist. I have been creating art as far …

Swisher to buy Drew Estate

Today Swisher International announced a plan to acquire Drew Estate.  Swisher, the company who laid off 250 employees in Florida last year, is moving in on the “real” cigar industry.  I can just picture the line up now: Swisher Sweets, Pom-Poms, and Liga Privada No. 9, all available at your gas stations …

Get Rid of Cigar Smell From Your House

In Canada it gets cold in winter. Very cold. Some days get as low as -35 degrees Celsius even in Toronto, which is at the southernmost end of the country, while it can be even colder in our other major cities. With a little bit of wind this means frostbite …

Guide: Whisky 101

What makes Scotch, Scotch?  And bourbon, bourbon?  Why is Canadian Whisky called rye?  Japanese Whisky?  Who else makes whisky?  And how do I pair cigars and whisky? There’s a lot of questions that surround this drink and knowing the answers will help you come up with the right version of whisky …