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James Fox 135th Anniversary Humidor

It was winter of 1881 when James J. Fox first opened the doors of his new store on 119 Grafton Street, selling fine cigars, pipes, tobacco and snuff. 135 years and 5 generations later, and James Fox is still Dublin’s most famous cigar shop and one of the few remaining indigenous businesses in Ireland.

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Pipe & Whiskey appreciation evening in House, Dublin

After the success of our cigar and whiskey event many of our friends asked us to host an event to cater for pipe smokers. With the kind support from Peterson of Dublin and Irish Distillers, we hosted our first pipe and whiskey appreciation evening on Wednesday June 17th 2015 in House Bar.

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Cigar & Teeling Whiskey Event in the Irish Whiskey Museum

Since the Irish Whiskey Museum opening a few months ago, and the idea of a cigar & whiskey evening lingered in our heads since, until, on April 9th it came to life. The newly opened Museum opened its doors to us for a private fun filled event, in collaboration with Teeling Whiskey Company.

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Marabana Havana Marathon 2014: A different tour of Havana

It’s 6:55am and we are all lined up in front of the Capitolio, temperature at 25C and humidity hitting 80%. I look at Amir and Tim all hyped up and I try to pretend I am not nervous… How am I gonna get through 42km in this heat and humidity? How did I get myself into this?

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A trio of new Irish Whiskeys

October was a very busy month for distilleries around Ireland, as it marked the arrival of three brand new whiskeys, all of which are now available. The Teeling Single Malt, the Glendalough 13 Year Old single malt and the Jameson Caskmates.

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Hoyo de Monterrey Dublin Horse Show (1955)

Long long ago, before the Cuban revolution, long before limited editions, regional editions and special releases, Freddie Fox came up with the idea of a cigar to mark a special event.

Every year in Dublin, the Royal Dublin Society holds its main event in August, the Dublin Horse Show, where riders from around the world compete for the coveted Nations Cup. As Freddie was an avid fan of show jumping and as many of our customers at the time where from the equestrian fraternity, he decided in the early 50’s to introduce a cigar to mark the event.

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2015 Habanos New Releases

We may be still in the middle of 2014, with this years releases nowhere in sight yet, but the first preliminary list of releases for 2015 has surfaced. Some of these cigars are expected to be released on the 17th Habanos Festival in Havana between February 23rd and 27th.

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The Evolution of The Bankers

The Bankers is one of our most popular traditional style blends that was created in the middle of the 20th century to satisfy the taste of the many banker in Grafton Street area, hence the depiction of the historic forecourt of Bank Of Ireland on the older tins.

The blend was crafted as an English style mixture, a blend of two Latakia leaves (leaf and beaded), Havana, Turkish and Perique, finished off with three types of Virginia (bright, coarse bright and honeydew). Continue reading

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VIII AmiCigar Weekend, Dublin June 8th 2014, Day 3

After a great day on Saturday, Sunday was more of a chill-out day, with a lot of our friends heading back on early morning flights. We met up with those still in Dublin for a “survivors brunch” in Searsons Bar on Baggot Street, for a traditional Irish breakfast, the “hair of the dog” and our first cigar of the day, followed by the second!

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VIII AmiCigar Weekend, Dublin June 7th 2014, Day 2

Saturday was the day with the most events of the whole weekend. After a great opening evening in Chez Max, most of the AmiCigar group started their day with a trip to the home of Guinness, the famous St James’s Gate Brewery that concludes with a great pint of the black stuff in the Skybar overlooking the fair city.

Following the Guinness Storehouse visit, all amicis started making their way to Alfie Byrne’s in the Conrad Hotel. In the comfortable terrace of Alfie Byrne’s we all had the chance to try some of Galway Bay Brewery’s craft beers as well as a great buffet lunch and also to take our first glimpse of the Irish sun that followed us for the whole day!

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