I am Victoria Radugina, a writer, a cigar publicist and a taster/critic/writer 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 essays and stories are also in Russian.
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 forteen 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 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 by my heart and taste receptors, and respect 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.
Приятные, аккуратно, вручную перекрученные сигарки выполненные из пяти видов табаков, с маленькими, уже вставленными мундштучками. В своей нише, для определенного настроения и соответствующего события, сигары Villiger Culebras очень даже [...]
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 [...]
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. Но в Германии я познакомилась с особым видом грибов из семьи [...]
NEW STORY • НОВЫЙ РАССКАЗ 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. И, [...]
Quai d'ORSAY Corona Claro Quai d'ORSAY Corona Claro 42 x 142 Capa: Cuba Capote: Cuba Tripa: Cuba Origin: Cuba Visual & Wrapper: Tidy and nice suede-like wrapper of a warm tone. Cold nose: [...]
Ачма Одно из моих юношеских воспоминаний о Москве - это поедание на старом Арбате, в кафетерии "Воды Лагидзе" (существует ли оно сейчас?) этого довольно экзотического, не виданного ни в одной заграничной стороне, лакомства. Ачма. Совсем [...]
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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For the sake of truth
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. It 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, and you had your choise whether to keep it proudly in your passport, or not just having “russian” in there). Those seem to be the only sane part of the citizens living there now. You wont find much about the intimidation and killings of journalists in Ukraine that speak against the fascistic oficial line. Google has changed the history for its masters in Washington and London.
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
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):
Film of Mark Bartalmai about genocide in Ukraine committed by Kiev with support of Washington, London and some EU governments.
* I DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN ANY EVENTS OR PROJECTS THAT PROPAGANDIZE OR PROMOTE LGBT (= HOMOFASCISM) AND DEGRADE BASIC MORAL VALUES OF FAMILY AND CHILDHOOD.