I am Victoria Radugina . I am a writer, also a cigar publicist and promoter, a taster/adviser of cigars, culinary and gastronomy. I am glad to meet in my site all lovers of cigar smoke, great food, and wonderful products of La Buena Vida, for both mind and senses.
My learning of cigars has been going on for about 13 years, 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 have also written reports and informative articles. At the same time I have been developing my knowledge of gastronomy and cooking, as well as tasting abilities. I can say I am a seasoned connoisseur, having 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 those 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, the taste of 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 life’s great emotions. I try to live what I love and appreciate every possibility to savor the special things. I have a pretty good base of cultural academic education, that’s why, when it comes to the area of pleasure products, I often combine and compare them in my mind, while tasting, with art, music, history, culture, literature, and other things that make a human’s life so much more exciting, interesting 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, share experiences of amazing products and places, and my knowledge and 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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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 [...]
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 [...]
Montecristo Churchill Añejados Announced last year, and presented at the Habanos Festival XVII, Añejados add the cigar list of most demanding, refined smokers. These cigars have been aged in their box for 5 to [...]
Romeo y Julieta Piramides Añejados I have in front of me one of the two vitolas of the line Añejados (which means aged) - smooth, slighty oily, attractive piramide named "Romeo y Julieta Piramides [...]
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