Monthly Archives: March 2011

Savinelli Autographed for Me

Also bought this Savinelli Autograph in London – one side is smooth, the other sandblasted:

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Dunhill Ruby Barked at Me

Went crazy in London – bought these two Dunhill Ruby Bark pipes (Group 5)  when I was there earlier this month. The one at the bottom is commonly referred to as a “quaint” shape. All Ruby Barks come with a handsome … Continue reading

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A Coil of Rope?

What do you think this is? I thought it was a coil of rope. It’s actually chewing tobacco, made by Samuel Gawith. Apparently a lot of it is sold to miners. And the machines used to make them – again … Continue reading

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Making Snuff at Samuel Gawith

Samuel Gawith’s “pedigree” is that of a snuff manufacturer. Today the company continues to make this historical tobacco product – which is basically tobacco ground to a very fine powder and “appreciated” using one’s nose. The company has five base snuff … Continue reading

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Samuel Gawith Factory Visit

A couple of hours by train from London took Prof Pathma and me to the Samuel Gawith factory in Kendal, in the South Lakeland area of the North West of England on March 5. We were transported into another world … Continue reading

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The Diademas

When in Cuba I bought a whole bunch of Behikes, Sancho Panza Belicosos, Romeo y Julieta wide Churchills, Montecristo As, Sancho Panza Sanchos (Gran Coronas), etc – they are still cheap, even after paying tax in Singapore (I paid S$1085.47 in … Continue reading

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Canchánchara

I discovered another famous Cuban drink in Trinidad – the Canchánchara. The Canchánchara joins the Daiquiri, the Mojito and the Cuba Libre as famous drinks or cocktails of Cuba. The Canchánchara originated from this bar (above) in Trinidad. It is concocted of rum, … Continue reading

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Trinidad

Four hours drive from Havana is Trinidad, a town in the province of Sancti Spíritus, central Cuba. It is one of the best preserved cities in the Caribbean from the time when the sugar trade was the main industry in … Continue reading

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Catacombs in Havana

Hotel Nacional de Cuba was built in 1930 and is still highly regarded today although its rooms smell and its toilets don’t necessarily work. What is amazing is that underneath the hotel are catacombs built during the Bay of Pigs … Continue reading

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Tropicana

Tropicana is a world known cabaret and club in Havana, Cuba. It was launched in 1939 at Villa Mina, a six-acre suburban estate with lush tropical gardens in Havana’s Marianao neighborhood. The spectacular show that became The Tropicana evolved out … Continue reading

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