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Cigar Reviews, Tasting Cigars, Cuban cigars.I am Victoria Radugina, a writer, a cigar publicist and promoter, taster, critic of cigars, gastronomy and culinary. My site is aimed to the international public so it’s mainly in English which is an easy language for international communication. However, because my mother tongue is Russian, and I do love to write and love good language, many of my tastings will be in Russian, and surely my stories and essays are in Russian also.

I am glad to meet in my site both beginners and seasoned lovers of cigar smoke, good food and wonderful products of La Buena Vida – for both mind and senses.

My learning of cigars has been going on for about thirteen years now, during which I have met (and learned from) the most knowledgeable masters and distinguished connoisseurs all over the world. In parallel I have been writing, probably my most favorite genre is essay and short story, although I write articles as well, on the themes of cigars, gastronomy, travel, culturology. Since years I have been developing my knowledge of gastronomy and cooking, as well as my tasting abilities. I am a connoisseur who took taken part in various tastings. Dictionaries explain: “connoisseur is a person competent to pass critical judgement in an art or matter of taste, a discerning judge of the best”. I don’t feel myself like a judge of the things which I love by my heart and taste receptors, and the people who’s creating abilities and labour made those products outstanding, but I will definitely share my knowledge and appreciation. My naturally subtle perception of taste and smell enables me to derive wonderful emotions from the great things of quality, never taking them for granted.

Taste is my icon. The taste of a fine cigar, a sophisticated Haute cuisine dish, or a rustic hearty dinner in an Italian village. The taste of a journey, the aromas of woodlands, Mediterranean landscapes, tropics and seas. The aftertastes and warm memories of meetings with special people. Journeys to various places, where I have not been before, or have been, and they became the gems in my collection of great emotions. I try to live what I love and appreciate possibilities to savor the special things. Having under my belt a base of cultural academic education and experience in artistic occupations such as music, visual arts and literature, I often combine and compare the pleasure products in my mind, while tasting, with art, music, history, culture, and other things that make a human’s life so much more exciting and substantial than just consuming. Every product, even the finest by itself, reveals its pith better and has a deeper effect on you when you can see a bit more to it than just an expensive and stunningly packed treat. It shares its soul with you and gives you the warmth of the hands of the people who grew and cultivated it, and you give it back your love and appreciation. Join me in this precious exchange! I write in-depth cigar reviews and gastronomy notes in English and Russian, and share experiences of products and places, hints on cooking, savouring, combining tastes. I write mostly about those cigars which I choose to be worthy of appreciation, analyzing, memorizing, and enjoying again! So, this website is not planned to be a catalogue, and not a list of new releases, but a guide for a Gourmet. 

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КРИТМУМ. Теплый салат. Warm salad with Samphire.

Этот прекрасный, легкий и полезный продукт в России практически неизвестен, я его встречала только пару раз за много лет, и было это в очень хороших, пятизвездных ресторанах, в скромном даже для гарнира количестве. Похоже, что [...]

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Ачма / Achma – Georgian and Abkhazian treat

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Partagás “Añejados” Coronas Gordas (in Russian)

Partagás Añejados Coronas Gordas Приветствуем очередной выход новой витолы в серии Añejados. Мне особенно интересно попробовать эту кубинскую новинку, потому что в списке глобальных брэндов Habanos Partagás - один из моих самых любимых. Что же [...]

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LA GLORIA CUBANA La Casa de Habano 25th Aniversario (in Russian)

LA GLORIA CUBANA La Casa de Habano 25th Aniversario Pirámides La Gloria Cubana La Casa de Habano 25th Aniversario В 2015 году в Гаване были выпущены 2 особые сигары, посвященные 25-летию сети La Casa [...]


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