5 days till Christmas…Must have accessories for the Cigar Connoisseur

5 days till Christmas…Must have accessories for the Cigar Connoisseur

Posted by on Dec 20, 2014 in Lifestyle | 0 comments

If you read my blog post two days ago you have an understanding of the hard work and great length of time it takes to harvest the tobacco leaves that make up your fine cigars. The growth cycle alone takes 9 months! As a general rule anything that requires that much effort to make requires an equal amount of effort to maintain. Today I’m going to go over the essential tools you need to help you on your journey of becoming a cigar connoisseur. Firstly, you will definitely need a cutter! Whether it’s a V-cut, punch cut or guillotine cut; if you want to smoke that cigar you’ll have to cut it. Cutters can range in price from $5 to hundreds of dollars. I would say that a reasonable price for a cutter, that will be durable and of good quality, should range between $40 and $90. With that being said there is nothing wrong with an inexpensive cutter however, they will need to be replaced more often as the blades, especially for guillotine cutters, will start to dull. A great brand for cutters is Colibri. Not only do these cutters have a great warranty but also, these cutters are a great investment if you’re looking for quality and durability. Now that you’ve got that cigar cut you’ve got to light it! Cedar matches work well to light up the cigars but on a windy day can be a pain. A wind-resistant torch lighter is the way to go.  I find that torch lighters also work better when you are “toasting” the bottom end of the cigar, before simultaneously puffing and lighting it. Lighters can be such a personal choice. Plus there are many different styles, colors, features, size and weights to choose from. As with the cutters, lighters do range in price with some of the most expensive lighters on the market, designed by Dunhill and DuPont. Again for a mid-range lighter I would go for either the Colibri or for something more traditional yet stylish, I would definitely choose Cryril Brizard. So you’ve cut and lit your cigar and are puffing away, enjoying all the aromas and flavours of that fine cigar, but where are you going to ash it? As you know cigars aren’t smoked like cigarettes. For most we take a few puffs and place our cigar down to rest in between. A cigar ashtray is designed with deep grooves, which allow this. Plus you can’t just place your fine cigar in any old ashtray. The grooves or stands on an ashtray are specially designed to have a sturdy hold on your cigars plus the grooves are made large enough to embrace any ring gauge. At some social cigar settings, most often, the cigar ashtray is the hot topic of the evening, especially if it bears the brand of your favourite cigar! Now unless you’ve seriously...

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6 days till Christmas…Don’t forget to stock the bar!

6 days till Christmas…Don’t forget to stock the bar!

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Lifestyle | 0 comments

On a cold winter’s night, sometimes there is nothing more satisfying to spark the warmth from within than the smooth taste of a well-aged 12 Year of your favourite Single Malt. Or perhaps a blended rye is your faithful companion—always there to mark the celebration or to draw a festive feast to a close. Whatever your drink of choice, Revolucion has just the accessory to compliment the occasion! Here are our top picks this Christmas season for the man with unmatched taste: 1. THE ORIGINAL WHISKEY BALL The size and shape of the ice you use play a key role in how drinks taste. Small ice cubes tend to melt faster than larger cubes and will therefore more quickly dilute mixed drinks. A drink made with small cubes will taste best when it’s first served, but becomes watery and less flavourful in short order. Larger ice balls melt slower and release less water into a drink. That means the first sip will taste as good as the last. Invented by avid scotch-whiskey drinkers, The Original Whiskey Ball was the first spherical ice mold to hit the market in 2009. It has more volume and less surface area than a traditional ice cube—so it melts slower. It features an elastic silicone rubber design, a smaller water inlet and unique seal to ensure that your ice ball is formed perfectly round; free of bumps and jagged edges. The thick durable food-grade silicone will not break like plastic trays. Safer than plastic, The Whiskey Ball is FDA approved and certified BPA-free to ensure toxins are not transferred into the ice. Now, you can bring the artesian science of slow-melting ice spheres to your home without any complicated or expensive machinery. Incredibly easy to use, just add water, and freeze to add sophistication to any drink. *We are now carrying the Limited Edition Ball Quarter Set, perfect for this gift giving season. It includes 2 premium rock glasses and 4 jumbo ice molds, all tucked into a beautiful box ready for wrapping! 2. Brilliant’s ROX & ROLL GLASS SET This unique design features a concaved centre which rises up into the rocks glass. Partnered with a stainless steel ball (which you chill in the freezer for 2hrs) in place of an ice cube, you can swirl your drink playfully without ever melting it down or ruining that 18yr you just hastily unwrapped! Complete with a canvas pouch and tongs, this set makes a fantastic and fun addition to any Revolucion man’s home bar. You’ll never have to worry about over-diluting your favourite scotch or cocktail again!   3. THE GLENCAIRN GLASS In the long and illustrious history of whiskey, there has never been a single definitive glass that the whiskey world could call its own. Until, that is, Scottish innovation brought us The Glencairn Glass. Combining the knowledge and expertise of some of the whiskey world’s leading...

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7 days till Christmas…and all I want this Christmas is a fine Cuban Cigar!

7 days till Christmas…and all I want this Christmas is a fine Cuban Cigar!

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Lifestyle | 0 comments

When I think of Cuba I think of the country`s famous president Fidel Castro, the patriarch of the Cuban revolution Che Guevara, the much talked about US-Cuban relationship; I think of a culture that is rich, a beautiful island in the Caribbean that is a top destination for travellers around the globe and a country that has lands filled with sugar canes, great rum and famous tobacco plantations that produce world-class Cuban cigars. Cigar production started in Cuba around mid-18th century and has continued on to this day. Cigars have become the country`s number one export, surpassing the former number one export of sugar. With all this being said, surprisingly, the country known for its rich soil and perfect climate for harvesting tobacco leaves was not where these famous cigars, that are known worldwide, originated from. Dating back to the 10th century a ceramic pot was discovered in Guatemala that portrayed a Mayan smoking a bunch of tobacco leaves that were bound together with string. The Mayans used the term “sikar” when referencing smoking. This can very easily be interpreted as how the term Cigar came into use today based off the Spanish term “cigarro”. In 1492, when Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas, he witnessed the land’s Cuban Natives smoke cylindrical bundles of tobacco leaves, wrapped in dried palm or plantain. Columbus took the liberty of making a claim on the island on behalf of Spain.  Soon ships would frequent the island regularly and  would partake in the distribution of  this fine tobacco from Europe all the way to Asia.  In the 17th century all Cuban cigars had to be registered in the Spanish city of Seville. Further after, a monopoly formed which did not allow the Cuban farmers to sell any tobacco to any other country besides Spain. The monopoly was enforced until 1817. By Mid-19th century, cigars became so popular and were highly consumed in the US that Cuban cigar makers started to migrate to Tampa, Florida. They worked in “cigar city” well until the 20th century. These days you can go anywhere in the world and you will find Smoke Shops boasting their grand collections of the finest Cuban cigars. The best cigars in Cuba come from the Pinar del Rio province. This province is made up of the regions, Vuelta Abajao, Vuelta Arriba, Semi Vuelta and Partido. These areas within Pinar del Rio produce the best tobacco. In 1907, a seed that was created, by Cuban botanists, called habanensis was used because of its disease-resistant qualities. In 1940, the much-improved criollo seed was created, followed by the creation of the Habanos 2000 in the year of 1992 and criollo 98, in 1998. The latter two are used for most cigars today. The harvesting of the tobacco leaves can be quite a lengthy process with the leaves of the wrapper being the most expensive to produce. It will take 9 months to complete the...

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8 days till Christmas…Keeping it pure with Lampe Berger

8 days till Christmas…Keeping it pure with Lampe Berger

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Lifestyle | 0 comments

Did you know that Lampe Berger was invented in 1898? During a time where many hospital patients were suffering from sepsis, Dr. Maurice Berger, a pharmaceutical dispenser, invented a system of diffusion by catalyst. This technology was created to purify the air in enclosed rooms. Sepsis is a serious life-threatening infection that produces inflammation inside the body causing major damage to all internal organs, which would result in organ failure. Many patients, infected with sepsis, had difficulty breathing so you can see why purifying the air could ease their comfort. Dr. Berger patented this revolutionary invention and gave birth to the Lampe Berger Company. In the 1930’s Lampe Berger became quite a collectors item, especially since the fragrances created a certain degree of pleasure. There were various designers and manufacturers being used to create these beautiful lamps but it wasn’t until the 1950’s that the lamps were being crafted, by top porcelain producers. It’s been over a century since Lampe Berger was introduced into the world. Through time, technology and change Lampe Berger has reinvented itself to suit our 21st century style. Lampe Berger sells over 5 million liters of fragrances and over 800,000 lamps each year and although, this is a Paris based company, Lampe Berger can be found anywhere in the world. There are over a hundred different models of lamps with various designs. The teams at Lampe Berger collaborate with designers on a daily basis so they can continue to expand and renew their collections. They create approximately 15 new models yearly however; one lamp will take 18 months of work to complete! The meticulous care and outstanding effort Lampe Berger makes to consistently impress its customers and the dedication behind their innovative product is impeccable. Their varieties of fragrances range from warm, floral, fresh, exotic, enlivening, sublime and amber. As a rule, Lampe Berger makes a promise to diffuse into the air only substances that are perfectly mastered and controlled. Tests are carried out continuously to ensure the absence of fumes, benzene, styrene, naphthalene, formaldehyde and acetaldehyde. Lampe Berger’s Home Fragrances are subject to specific internal standards that are regulated by the European and American Pharmacopeia and the IFRA (International Fragrance Association). If this much attention is given to the esthetics of the lamp and the testing of the home fragrances imagine how much attention is given to the actual diffusion system. Lampe Berger’s unique burner is unlike any other. The burner’s design has been perfected due to ongoing research and holds 6 international patents. This unique technology cleanses the air and truly eliminates odors while simultaneously diffusing decadent indoor fragrances into the air. Below are simple instructions on how to use this this amazing lamp. Steps: 1. First fill your lamp with your favourite home fragrance about 2/3 full 2. If this is the first time you’re using this today wait for 20 minutes before...

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9 days till Christmas…Look to the past, to help SHAVE the future!

9 days till Christmas…Look to the past, to help SHAVE the future!

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Lifestyle | 0 comments

What does it mean to be a Revolucionary? To be a Man of Action, a Warrior of Truth, a Pioneer, a Trailblazer? With a fast-paced world around us that is constantly changing and charging forwards into the future, it can sometimes be easy to forget to honour the past, which has been as integral to our continued evolution as is dreaming of what is to come. At Revolucion Fine Gifts & Cigars, we like to practice a complete and wholesome appreciation of both the old and the new, the young and the wise! With that in mind, today’s blog series dissects the process of shaving with a traditional double-edged safety razor, which remains to this day a timelessly classic instrument in every man’s luxury shaving tool belt. We hope this will help all of you develop a more comprehensive understanding of the benefits of traditional shaving techniques and accompanying accessories. SELECTING YOUR RAZOR Selecting the right razor for your first shaving setup is yet another daunting task that one must tackle. Just like brushes, there are many options. If you look closely, you will see the variation among many of these razors is very small and often only cosmetic—for example, the Edwin Jagger RE89 series razor is now offered in several different handle finishes featuring the same cutting head with the same overall physical dimensions. Generally speaking, a beginner will be best served by learning on a fixed-head, regular-guard double-edge safety razor.  Adjustable razors have their merits and many men enjoy using them; however, if you have something adjustable, curiosity may get the best of you and you will tinker with its settings looking for better results.  By going with a fixed-position blade, you are forcing yourself to master the grip, pressure, and angle familiarity required to be more successful in your results. Selecting the right blade for your razor is also a task. Ten years ago there were only a handful of widely available blades, such as Merkur, Derby, and Feather. Today, however, there are exponentially more; Revolucion Fine Gifts & Cigars carries blades for every budget, including Derby, Astra, Shark, Crystal and Wilkinson’s, just to name a few! The unfortunate part of finding the right blade is that it is likely going to take you a little trial and error. Every man’s face and hair density is different, and what works well for some will obviously not for others. In general, most men do well with platinum-coated blades since they provide a sharp and durable edge for shaving. The best option is to consider a sampler of various blades—ask your friendly sales associate at Revolucion to recommend a variation of blade brands, so that you may sample a few until you find the blade that feels best suited to you. AND WHAT ABOUT STRAIGHT RAZORS?   There is a shared sentiment that considers the use of straight razors as the ultimate traditional shaving experience. However,...

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