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I am Victoria Radugina, a cigar publicist, a taster and critic of cigars and gastronomy, a culinary writer and reviewer. Also I write literature essays, stories and articles. My site is aimed to the international public so it’s mainly in English which is the 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 are published in Russian, and surely my literature essays and stories are in Russian.

I am glad to meet in my site both beginners and seasoned lovers of cigar smoke, good food, the wonderful products of La Buena Vida – for both mind and senses. My learning of cigars has been going on for more than fifteen years, during those 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 literature genres are essay and short story. I also write articles as well. The circle of the themes for the articles are not limited with only gastronomy and cigars. They can be of all sorts, from sociology to gastronomy, from art and culture to cigars, culturology, travel… Really anything that happens around a human being and within human soul.

Cigar Reviews, Tasting Cigars, Cuban cigars.I keep developing my knowledge of gastronomy and cooking, as well as tasting abilities, taking 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 that I love with all my heart and taste receptors, 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, a rustic hearty dinner in an Italian village. The taste of journey, the aromas of woodlands, landscapes and seas. The aftertastes and warm memories of meetings with special people. Journeys to various places which became the gems in my collection of great emotions. I try to live what I love, and appreciate possibilities to savor 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 quality products in my mind, while tasting, with art, music, history, culture, the 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 stunningly packed treat. It shares its soul with you and gives you the warmth of the hands of those people who grew and cultivated it. And you give 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, savoring, tastes. I write mostly about those cigars which I choose to be worthy of appreciation, memorizing, and enjoying again! So, this website is not planned to be a catalogue or a list of new releases, but a guide for a Gourmet.

Меня зовут Виктория Радугина. Я – дегустатор и критик сигар премиум-класса и гастрономии, а так же я пишу литературные эссе, рассказы и статьи. Мои любимые темы – это сигары, гастрономия, стиль жизни, культура и культурология, общество, искусство, человек, – все, что происходит вокруг него и в его душе. Наиболее близки мне небольшие формы – литературное эссе и рассказ. Я люблю литературу и художественное слово, и поэтому даже мои технологичные сигарные дегустации и фактологические репортажи написаны в относительно-художественном стиле.

Я посвятила более пятнадцати лет подробному и широкому изучению сигар, их производства, культуры сигарокурения. Вообще, из пяти человеческих чувств самые мои “любимые” – это обоняние и вкус. Хотя, и в осязании хорошей сигары, с качественным покровным листом, тоже есть неповторимое удовольствие. Мои дегустации, записи и статьи – это, прежде всего, дань уважения, восхищения теми продуктами, что своим высоким качеством воспроизведения вызывают желание любоваться, наслаждаться, и в который раз испытывать удовольствие. Это о потрясающих человека со вкусом продуктах, сделанных вручную, индивидуально и с любовью. А в целом – это нота благодарности жизни за возможность чувствовать, вкушать, ощущать ароматы, радоваться явлениям и природным дарам.

На моем сайте вы найдете сигарные дегустации, репортажи об интересных релизах и событиях в сигарном мире, статьи о правильном курении сигар, о вкусовых сочетаниях и создании “пар” сигар с напитками. В разделе Gastronomy можно найти гастрономические ревью, советы по гастрономии и вкусовым сочетаниям, обзоры интересных продуктов, способов приготовления, репортажи о ресторанах и кафе, достойных посещения, а так же некоторые из моих собственных рецептов. А на страничке Sense of Language вы найдете “пищу” и для ума – там я публикую свои литературные эссе и рассказы.

Я пишу о тех сигарах, в основном, которые не прошли незамеченными, показались интересными, к каким-то из них хотелось бы вернуться, а какие-то – регулярная составляющая моего хьюмидора. Мой сайт – это не список новых релизов, а путеводитель для Гурмэ.


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Villiger Culebras (in Russian)

Приятные, аккуратно, вручную перекрученные сигарки выполненные из пяти видов табаков, с маленькими, уже вставленными мундштучками.

ГРИБЫ ЕРЕНГИ

Обыкновенные культивированные грибы вешенки, что в изобилии лежат в московских продуктовых магазинах, я не особо жалую, на мой взгляд, они имеют какой-то неприятный запах.

КАЗИНО, 1991

С раннего вечера, усевшись на пока пустующий высокий вертящийся стул охранника, он наблюдал через тонированное стекло входа в казино, как к дверям подходят и подъезжают люди, а точнее, девушки.

Quai d’ORSAY Coronas Claro

One of my favorites. This cigar starts immediately, there are no half-pronounced “waking up” notes here. The flavours are straight and ripe, the smoke is wonderfully warm and moderately spicy, immediately.

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For the sake of truth

Victoria Radugina © Виктория Радугина ©

My site is not a political site and was not meant to talk about politics, but in these unfair times when: civil people, including children, die daily in Donbass & Lugansk republics (S-E Ukraine) under Kiev’s shellings.

The Kiev Junta came to power after the overthrowing of the legitimate president. The ground for that was prepared by long-term interfering from USA which financed filling the school programs with doctrine of hate towards Russia, financed the old long-existing small circles of Hitler supporters in West Ukraine (those who were hanging their own citizens in the II WW times), and did other things in order to create the phantom new “history” and turn Ukraine against Russia, where the roots of Ukraine are. The Junta is mainly made of nazi fascists and criminal oligarchs, and also has behind it USA military and Government representatives. You will never find in West mass-media and google the truth about Ukraine, its ancient history as Russia. You won’t also find its true history being a part of the country USSR, which created the new republic Ukraine, legalised and supported its “language” which is in reality just a dialect of Russian. You won’t find much about the genocide towards its majority – Russian-speaking and Russian-thinking population – internationalists, hard-working honest people who respect their real history, appreciate the cultural and international heritage of the country they used to live in, who keep respect for brothers irrelevantly from their nationality*.

*In USSR the word “nationality” was not a synonym to the word “citizenship” as it is in the West countries. The nationality meant your ethnic roots, your special belonging to one of the large or small ethnic groups which made the huge and multinational country Soviet Union. One had the right to choose whether he wanted to keep it proudly in his passport, or not, and just put “Russian” as the “nationality”.

You wont find much about the intimidation and killings of journalists in Ukraine that speak against the fascistic oаfiсial line. Google has changed the history for its masters in Washington, London and EU vassal-governments.

Crimean people made their choice to reunite with Russia and break ties with the modern nazi-orientated Ukraine

Russia is being unfairly sanctioned and threatened, getting surrounded by NATO

Syrians had to leave their homes, and their country beautiful in past is turn into ruins by the hands of the West proxi terrorists.

Libya is barbarously destroyed. The Libyan president was brutally killed.

Julian Assange is in prison for the truth about warmongering politicians of the USA and UK

USA military complex keeps opening its bases all over the world

I can’t be quiet, like many other honest people all over the world. Please don’t be zombified by West mass media and speak the truth everywhere you can.

The Open Letter of the former Lieutenant Colonel of the NATO Air Force, Jochen Scholz, to President Putin (translate in google if you can’t read German).

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Film of Mark Bartalmai about genocide in Ukraine
committed by Kiev with support of Washington,
London and some EU governments.

Help-Donbass

* I DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN ANY EVENTS OR PROJECTS THAT PROPAGANDIZE OR PROMOTE LGBT (= HOMOFASCISM) AND DEGRADE BASIC MORAL VALUES OF FAMILY AND CHILDHOOD.