About the author

Richard Carleton Hacker

Contributing Wine, Spirits, and Cigars Editor

Richard Carleton Hacker is an international writer and photographer specializing in spirits, wines, cigars, and related luxury lifestyles. In addition to having authored 11 books published in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, and Russia, he is a long-time contributing editor for numerous national magazines, including Robb Report, for which he has written since 1995. He is also a popular keynote speaker on whiskies and cigars for corporations such as Ritz-Carlton, Alfred Dunhill, and Blancpain, and is a judge for the prestigious annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

A lifetime member of the Scotch whisky industry’s exclusive Keeper of the Quaich honorary society (he is one of fewer than 200 people worldwide to hold the coveted title of Master of the Quaich), he has also been inducted into the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne, and was knighted in Germany. More of his writings and adventures can be found at www.richardcarletonhacker.com.

<<Back to Subtle Smoke
More Stories From Richard Carleton Hacker
Because it is not aged entirely in new American oak barrels, the whiskey is not technically bourbon.
Suntory whiskey distillery described what would become the first release from Angel’s Envy.
A limited-edition release from Legacy Brands that gets its name from the Spanish word for “turtle.”
Mortlach single malt has been called the Beast of Dufftown.
A new boutique hotel was built on the original site of the Hyde Park Corner tube station.
If all things were equal, there would only be one size of cigar. But that’s not the way it works...
Port may well be one of the most celebrated after-dinner drinks, especially when accompanied by a...
If you’ve made a resolution to smoke better cigars this year—and you should—you’ll be excited to...
New Year’s resolutions may come and go—gyms will be overly crowed on January 2 and empty by March 1...
As prices for rare Cubans rise, it is getting harder to put a match to the most collectible cigars.