Long-time no blog due to crazy hectic schedule but whilst puffing on a Hoyo San Juan on a lovely sunny day I’ll catch you up with the latest news in no order of importance.
Great to read Nick Foulkes article in the Financial Times How To Spend It magazine, shame the FT got the size of the fabulous Punch Serie D’Oro No. 1 wrong despite checking it with me but c’est la vie. Nick is one of my favourite journalists/writers. Cigars, cars, watches – every article quite brilliant. I remember reading his book ‘ The Bentley Era’ back in the days when I drove around in my gentlemen’s club on wheels and it still remains one of my favourite books. Nick has such a great writing style and I can almost hear him reading it when I’m reading it if you know what I mean.
The new Hoyo San Juan has proved to be exceptionally popular and we’re expecting the Partagas and Bolivar 2014 limited editions to be released late this coming week so that’s all rather exciting. Even more exciting is the early November expected release of the UK regional editions Por Larranaga Sobrasaliente which I expect may be the most popular selling UK regional yet.
My big Five Ohhhhh birthday came and went with a delightful surprise party at Villa Bianca restaurant in Hampstead complete with birthday cake with a box of Inka Secret Blend on top! Followed by a herf on the deck at home which went on till wonderfully late. My business partner Ron Morrision had special bottles of finest Robert Graham Treasurer single malt whisky personalized for me and the home humidor was well and truly raided with a good variety of 1980’s Davidoff and Dunhill Havanas enjoyed by all. My father dug out a box of 1960’s T B Carlin Abajo K’s which were incredible smokes. Thanks to friends and family for the huge amount of greetings, cards and gifts and thanks to Karyn for the surprise (and it was a huge one!) party. Hope we can all do it again on my 60th!
I enjoyed a wonderful tasting evening at the Robert Graham Cambridge cigar store last week with George Sosa from Alec Bradley as guest of honour. We enjoyed Prensado and Mundial (made with no less than 10 tobacco leaves!) paired up with 3 Robert Graham exclusive whiskies a great evening was had by all. My thanks to Cailin and his team at Cambridge as well as Tor Imports and Alec Bradley for their support with the tasting.
I zoomed over to Tel Aviv for a few days for New Year and enjoyed herfing with my Dad at the David Intercontinental where they have the ‘Inca ‘ cigar lounge and La Casa del Habano. I’m not sure how this is an LCDH as I could not see a walk in humidor but nevertheless the service was delightful and this is an awesome place to herf.
Our Winter auction catalogue is now full and closed and going to print. I was pleasantly surprised at how fast the entries came in for this sale and the quality and range of pre embargo cabinets, Davidoff and Dunhill cigars in this sale is in fact the best I can ever remember since launching our auctions back in 2009.
We will be offering breath-taking boxes and cabinets of 25, 50, 100 and 125 pre embargo cigars from some of the best collections in the world. Details of the auction are below.
C.Gars Vintage Cigar Auction and Dinner
Monday 1st December – Boisdale Belgravia
We are delighted to be returning to Boisdale of Belgravia where our cigar auctions started in 2009. A change of format for this year with pre auction and post auction cigars on the terrace and a splendid dinner following the auction.
Resident auctioneer Jonathan Humbert expects to be offering and knocking down 300 Lots of Aged, Rare, Vintage, Limited Edition, Davidoff, Dunhill and Pre Embargo Cigars.
Viewings by appointment at our London office Monday – Friday 10 am – 4.30 pm and final viewings Sunday 30th November 12pm – 4.30pm. Email us at email@example.com
4:00pm: Cigars and pre auction drinks on the Cigar Terrace.
5:00pm: Auction in the restaurant.
7:15pm: Cigar Terrace for cigar and cocktails.
7:45pm: Sit down for sumptuous three course dinner with excellent wines.
9:45pm: Retire to Cigar Terrace for cigars and Whisky/Cognac.
Ticket price £149 to include auction catalogue. Book early as this event will sell out very fast.
Auction Catalogue will be online and in print from the 1st November.
However another diary date is The Spectator Cigar Awards which will be help on the 15th November at Boisdale Canary Wharf and we are delighted to participate in this start studded event:
The Spectator Cigar Awards evening is a star studded evening brought to you by Boisdale and C.Gars.
If you came to last year’s incredible event you won’t want to miss this decadent evening devoted to the finest premium handmade cigars and the ladies and gentlemen that enjoy them.
7.00pm: Rothschild Champagne & canapé reception on the Cigar Terrace
On arrival five hand rolled cigars presented in “neck” bag.
7.45pm: Sumptuous three course dinner with a selection of stunning wines from Rothschild Bordeaux Estates.
9.15pm: Awards ceremony
- The Spectator Cigar Writer of the Year
- The Spectator Cigar Terrace of the Year
- The Spectator Cigar Retailer of the Year
- The Spectator Cigar Producer of the Year
- The Spectator Cigar of the Year
- The Spectator Cigar Man of the Year
Miguel Angel Jimenez
9.35pm: Charity auction 1-3 lots
9.45pm: Cigar of the Year to be smoked on the Cigar Terrace with Hennessey XO and Balvenie 15 year Old Malt Whisky.
Wonderful “Goody bags” on departure
Aberdeen Asset Management
Normal price of this event is £250 But C.Gars clients special price is just £199!
We expect our new Chester shop and cigar sampling lounge to open in around 2 weeks’ time and we will be doing a lunch party in the middle of November. Our Norfolk cigar shop and cigar sampling lounge will be opening in November as well. Phewww…just in time for Christmas
So that’s the news, lots of new cigars, cigar parties and new shops… never a dull moment !
Have a smokey week