Happy anniversary to us… 26 years and 206 years!

Greetings from rainy London where we just passed another milestone with the 26th anniversary of C.Gars Ltd (est. 1997) and the 206th anniversary of Turmeaus Tobacconist (est. 1817).

Quite a feat to have not only survived but also thrived in the cigar trade for so long! I believe that only our friends at J. J. Fox have been around longer.

I vividly remember the early days of C.Gars when Laura and I started the business online selling Havanas only and technology was a lot more primitive than it is now! We couldn’t even put photos on our website as the connections were so slow!

We have come a long way and the website is now crammed full of content, photos and over 10,000 products. Literally a hypermarket of tobacco, accessories and premium spirits.

This year has been a busy one in terms of expansion starting with the complete refurbishment of our boutique cigar friendly hotel. The Mash Tun in Aberlour in beautiful Speyside… the perfect spot for the cigar smoker and whisky lover with luxurious guest bedrooms, a 4 bedroom lodge, bar, restaurant, terraces, cigar bothy and sauna overlooking the River Spey. Check out the new website here www.mashtun-aberlour.com.

C.Gars St James’s went through some upgrades with a better smoke extraction system, new furniture and a new bar arriving this week. This has to be the busiest cigar shop and sampling lounge in the UK . Crammed full of the finest premium spirits, premium cigars as well as aged and rare Havana cigars.

We opened our 3rd London shop in the City back in May to the delight of our clients in the Square Mile. This beautiful shop and sampling lounge firmly plants the C.Gars flag in the City.

Finally, we recently opened La Casa del Habano – Edinburgh and Puffin Rooms in Lister Square in the centre of Edinburgh. It’s good to be back in Scotland with the best cigar terrace in the country.

We have a magnificent walk in humidor, crammed with La Casa del Habanos specialties, a premium range of accessories and premium spirits. Client lockers are of course available.

Puffin Rooms Edinburgh follows the success of Puffin Rooms Liverpool and features live music, super comfortable seating and a splendid bar and dining options.

I hosted a packed opening event recently featuring 2 excellent Havana cigars, canapes from our talented chefs, live music and Sean Croley from Hunters & Frankau as our special guest.

Our Leeds C.Gars shop, opened last year, celebrated its 100th tasting event with a splendid evening featuring the rather enormous Davidoff Aniversario No.1 Limited Edition no.1 measuring in at 8 2/3″ long and 48 ring gauge. Bursting with flavour, this medium strength cigar was a real treat for attendees, paired up with Stalla Dhu single cask whisky and Dominique London Privee Liberation Cigar Cognac.

We have sampling events throughout the year at all of our locations. The perfect

opportunity to experience new cigars paired with premium spirits as well as meet the brand ambassadors. Truly social evenings with like minded aficionados.

On the 4th December I’m hosting our largest table ever (over 30 guests!) for the Cigar Smoker of the year event at Boisdale Canary Wharf. This sold out event is the biggest and best on the annual UK cigar calendar with great entertainment, food, drinks and smokes and the best of company. We will put up an article with the award winners later this week.

It is great to hear from so many of our UK clients visiting our overseas locations, La Casa del Habano – Tenerife seems to be a firm favourite! If you are visiting, shoot me an email so I can VIP you. Click here for the full listing of all of our locations in 4 countries.

My auction department is enjoying a record year and we are finishing this year with a grand auction featuring over 600 lots of aged, rare, mature ore embargo, Davidoff and Dunhill cigars on the 19th December. Lots will be online and bidding will open on the 19th December.

Havana cigar shortages continue to be troublesome but we continue to release our reserve of stocks to ensure a comprehensive range. Your favourite cigar may be out of stock but we will always have a noble alternative. Now is a good time to order because there is a fairly imminent price increase following the Chancellor’s Autumn statement last week once again bashing the cigar smoker sadly.

There is a very good new website for bang up to date industry news, content and reviews well worth checking out Cigar Inspector.

I have added a few additional lines to some of our exclusive brands over the last few months. Check them out on these links:


Inka – Secret Blend


Regius Orchant Seleccion

Regius Serie Limitada

We also continue to recommend the incredible Arrturo Fuente range of cigars but we don’t have sufficient supply to sell online and they are only available in our cigar stores (and other fine cigar specialist stores).

Our best selling ranges continue to be my Orchant Seleccion cigars I am planning on adding a very exciting new range early next year.

Wishing all clients and friends of C.Gars a very happy and smokey December and hope to see you soon at one of our events.

Peaceful puffing


C.Gars – The City is open… Where next?!

I’m happy to report that C.Gars – The City opened last month and we have received a very warm welcome from old and new clients in The City.

The premises on very busy Lime Street has a delightful charm about it and a relaxed ambience. There is a comfortable sampling lounge where we serve a delicious espresso to accompany your cigar.

The walk-in humidor features a comprehensive range of premium Cuban and New World cigars, singles, small packs, boxes, gift packs and cabinets. We have the perfect cigar for everyone! The range of whisky and premium spirits as well as pipe tobacco and cigars accessories is quite excellent.

Regular C.Gars clients will recognise Dante, my assistant manager from my St James’s Street store as he is now in The City most of the week setting the highest standards of customer service.

I spent a few days at Mash Tun recently – our whisky bar/restaurant and hotel venue in Aberlour.

The builders are on the last phase now which includes the cigar pavilion, the Lodge and the sauna.

The hotel rooms and ensuites are all refurbished to exceptional standards. The terrace is complete and the cigar and whisky shop is also open! I will update the website with new photos later this month if all goes to plan. It really is the most idyllic location right on The Whisky Trail and located on the River Spey. The restaurant is delightful and the whisky bar has an exceptional range of rare single malt whisky including of course our own multi award winning range of Stalla Dhu. We also feature the Glenfarclas Family cask vertical.

Next stop I am happy to confirm will be Edinburgh where we expect to open our latest flagship location in the next month. I love Edinburgh, it’s such a beautiful City, incredible architecture, so much history, friendly folks and loads of great places to eat and drink. We felt that Edinburgh needed one of our finest premises and offerings and we are very excited for this planned expansion. I have always had a huge database of clients in Scotland from the earliest days of C.Gars back in the 1990’s so I’m very happy to be giving them a place to relax and herf 🙂

Karyn and I had a super time in Dublin last week as guests of our friends at The Decent Cigar Emporium. The tasting event was held at the Dylan Hotel and featured Oliva Orchant Seleccion and Inca Secret Blend as well as Regius Serie Limitada. Despite the weather being lousy all day, at least we were well sheltered on the terrace and enjoyed great food, drinks, cigars and company. Thanks to Gary and Barry from CDE for a super event.

My C.Gars – St James’s flagship store has been closed for refurb over the last 4 weeks and is finally due to open today. The premises have taken quite a hammering over the last couple of years since we opened and the smoke extraction system was never designed for the premises to be so busy! So… it’s all upgraded and redecorated and looking rather lovely again and we look forward to welcoming everyone back!

The Summer cigar auction was yet another resounding success with some 600 Lots being knocked down and a lot of very happy bidders and sellers. Our next auction is planned for late September. We are now considering eligible consignments, and expect to be offering a good catalogue of vintage, aged and rare Havanas in September.

Cuban cigar supply is slowly improving though there are still many lines that are

unavailable. We are hopeful that as the year goes on things will get better. It was great to finally see the release of the Montecristo Wide Edmundo this week but they sold out within an hour!

Mitchellero from Nicaragua and Peru are the success story of the year and we literally can’t keep them on the shelves as they sell so fast. We hope to have another delivery very soon so the whole range will be available again.

The other madly popular range of 2023 is Regius Serie Limitada. A smooth and sweet blended premium cigar that are 100% handmade and long filler, which I highly recommended.

We enjoyed a splendid event at the Peruvian Ambassadors home in London a couple of weeks ago showcasing some of our finest Peruvian cigars including Inka- Secret Blend, Regius Serie Limitada and Mitchellero Peru paired up with Pisco cocktails and canapes. Thanks to Ricardo from the embassy as well as the Ambassador and his wife for kindly opening their doors and hosting the event for us.

This year’s Regius Orchant Seleccion 2023 will be released in the next few weeks if all goes to plan. Just 400 boxes of 10 cigars of each size and an extra premium blend using the incredible Pelo d’Oro leaf that gives an extra sweet zing to the palate.

Here’s hoping for some Summer sunshine in August after the July washout so we can enjoy our cigars outside!

Peaceful puffing…


Summer smoking… C.Gars new locations…

The Mash Tun - Aberlour

The Mash Tun – Aberlour

Greetings from my sunny garden herfing deck where I’m enjoying the new UK launched Aladino Elegantes with a wee dram of Orchant Selection cigar malt whisky.  It feels like Summer is finally here and I’m looking forward to a lot of garden smokes over the next few months 🙂

Lanceros were out of fashion for a long time but they seem to have become super popular again. I love this size, most elegant for a gentleman and Aladino have completely nailed the blends on their fabulous Elegante range.  Measuring in at 7″ length and 38 ring gauge and available in Cameroon, Corojo or Vintage, truly first rate smokes.  Available at my cigar stores and all good cigar specialists.

Our Summer auction catalogue is almost full and will have over 300 Lots of aged, rare and unusual Havana cigars . The auction ends on the 29th June and Lots will be online on the 22nd of June.

We have been very busy with our expansion plans this year and have now reopened the bar, restaurant and hotel rooms at the iconic Mash Tun in Aberlour. In the heart of Speyside (in fact it is literally right next to the River Spey)  The cigar and whisky shop is due to open in the next few days and the luxurious ‘lodge’ will be completed and available for bookings in July.  Mid June the cigar pavilion will be complete and the new outside terrace overlooking the Spey is open. The perfect location to eat, drink, stay over and of course enjoy the best cigars and whisky in beautiful Scotland.

If all goes to plan we will open our London – City location on the 13th of June. Located on Lime street, next to Leadenhall Market, this latest C.Gars shop will feature a fully ranged walk-in humidor (Cuban and New World), customer lockers, comfortable sampling lounge, full range of whisky and premium spirits, pipe tobacco and cigar accessories. I am very excited to bring C.Gars – The City to our clients as the City has not had a cigar specialist shop for many years.

Our next expansion will be a Puffin Rooms and specialist cigar shop in the heart of Edinburgh. Our building contractors are already on the job ! and we expect to open in July. I’m looking forward to being back in Edinburgh.

Following the runaway success of Mitchellero – Nicaragua  I have now launched Mitchellero-Peru Different blend to the Nicaraguan version and fast becoming a firm favorite with 1000’s of my clients. It took me the best part of a year to perfect the blend and if I do say so myself they really are quite excellent smokes as well as unbeatable value for money.

As the Peruvian sweet tobacco flavour profile becomes more and more popular all the time I blended a new range of Regius Peru, The Serie Limitada is truly a premium cigar at an incredible value for money price. Give them a try, you wont be disapointed.

As the years have gone by my exclusive blends and brands have become our best selling lines. Hopefully I have created the correct blends for our customers at the correct value for money prices. The ranges include :

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I had a great evening at Boisdale Canary Wharf launching the new Rocky Patel DBS cigar. Rocky came over to introduce his new cigar to a crowd of 50 smokers and it was very well received together with the delicious ‘Rocky Patel Sixty. We love Rocky Patel cigars and carry the full range online and a comprehensive range in store. Read more about this splendid brand on our website.

We seem to be running more cigar events than ever all around the country ! I go to as many as I can as I love the pairing experience of a premium spirit and a premium cigar as well as the brand ambassadors and cigar aficionados . Truly educational and interesting evenings. We had a delightful sampling of the UK regional edition La Flor de Cano Gran Cano 2013 at C.Gars St James’s with Sean Croley of Hunters & Frankau as our guest of honour. The cigar was paired up with delicious cocktails prepared by my colleague Sam . See more about the event here. For more details check out our events calendar.

I’m looking forward to visiting Puffin Rooms for some supper and jazz and a sapling event at Late Hour Turmeaus in Liverpool on the 13th June l Hope to see old and new friends for a memorable evening.

Checkout this YouTube channel Cigars Inspector which has some really good videos and C.Gars Youtube does as well

It’s car show season and I seem to be at a car show somewhere around the country almost every weekend. Easy to spot me with the C7GAR number plate and really nice to meet so many petrol heads who are also cigar smokers! If you’re going to Brands Hatch for the Brands Britannia on Sunday 4th June, come and say hello and have a smoke with me 🙂

Peaceful Puffing


Ho Ho Ho!

Good grief, what a fast and fabulous year it has been. I can hardly believe the holidays are almost upon us!

It has been a crazy busy time with the recent and much awaited launch of the splendid Ramon Allones Private Stock 230 UK regional edition 2020 cigar. The ‘ 230’ commemorates the anniversary of our esteemed UK importer Hunters & Frankau.

Possibly one of my top 5 cigars of all time. The blend in this cigar is incredibly complex and sophisticated. Very full on flavour, sweet, creamy and smooth.  Measuring 6 ¾” length and 50 ring gauge, the cigar specialist trade first sampled these cigars earlier in the year at the AITS trade show. If we were impressed with it then, it has now matured further into a very special smoking experience indeed.

Only 3600 boxes of 25 cigars made and very small initial allocations though we are hopeful more will come through in the new year.

Cohiba cigars have been selling at an unprecedented rate despite the huge price hike in Summer and rumour has it that there will be little to no production next year due to lack of wrapper leaf. Another price hike is also due early next year.

Supply of all Havana brands is still problematical and not expected to improve any time soon I’m sorry to report. Stash while you can as the range available seems to be getting smaller by the week.

Last week we enjoyed the annual Boisdale Cigars Awards event. Ten years since Ranald and I dreamed up this event and once again guests were not disappointed as we enjoyed a splendid meal, wines, cognac. Elvis Presley entertaining, loads of cigars and even more awards than ever!

Aladino cigars (available at all good cigar specialists)  won the cigar of the year and Vivi Eiroa proudly collected her award from Tom Parker Bowles who hosted the event as usual.

The C.Gars table was larger than ever with 24 invited guests  many of whom joined me for cigars and drinks after dinner in the lovely Cigar Library .

Our final vintage cigar auction of the year will conclude this Thursday. Well over 500 Lots of aged, rare, mature, limited edition and other Havana cigars are being offered and will be sold. No doubt some bargains to be had by some lucky bidders.


Highlights include :

Cohiba Esplendidos from 1997 signed by Fidel Castro

Cohiba Siglo VI Gran Reserva

Davidoff 5000 from the 1980’s

Davidoff 4000 from the 1980’s

Davidoff Chateau Haut Brion from the 1970’s

Dunhill Varadero from the 1970’s 

Dunhill Cabinetta from 1987 

Ramon Allones 225th anniversary humidor

It’s easy to get in on the action by registering as a bidder on this link.

We have just launched a new premium range of Regius – Peru cigars. Made 100% from Peruvian tobacco at our factory in Tarapoto Peru. These delicious cigars are incredible value for a premium cigar. This is a limited edition with just one small production run with the finest quality leaf every year.

Royal Mail strikes at any time of the year are horrendous for a mail order business but even worse in December when our daily order are double normal. We have switched to various other couriers to ensure on time delivery but early ordering is advised for the holidays.

Our retail shops are crammed full of your favourite cigars, whisky and accessories with perfect Christmas gifts for all. Come and visit us and of course sampling is welcome and encouraged in our comfortable sampling rooms at all locations. You may well bump into me at C.Gars St James’s during the week as that’s my regular spot though its so busy sometimes I can’t even get a seat !

It’s been a mega year for sampling events with some amazing brand ambassadors and splendid cigars/rum/whisky. Last few events for this year on this link.

My thanks to my amazing warehouse, retail and management teams at C.Gars and Turmeaus for once again breaking all records this year and the biggest thanks of all to our wonderful customers.

Smokey wishes for a merry Christmas and very happy new year



Auction prices up again…

Our last vintage auction of the year was a resounding success for both sellers and bidders. In fact, it was the largest cigar auction ever held with over £1,000,000 worth of Lots sold.

The recent weakness in Sterling no doubt made estimates even more attractive for international bidders and record prices were achieved. Highlights included:

Cohiba 1966 box of 10 £4,400

Cohiba Siglo VI Gran Reserva cabinet of 15 £15,100

H Upmann Magnum Especial book of 20 £9,000

Davidoff Chateau Margaux cabinet of 25 £10,100

Dunhill Estupendos box of 10 £14,100

Partagas Serie C No.1 book of 20 £12,000

Cohiba Double Coronas box of 25 £8,600

Our next auction is planned for late January 2023 but we do buy and sell vintage Havanas throughout the year and are always happy to offer a free valuation service. Drop me a line at [email protected].

We have been the exclusive importer and distributor for Arturo Fuente cigars for many years.

This incredible and premium cigar range really is ‘as good as it gets’. The demand for this fine cigar range outstrips the supply many times over and we have decided to no longer sell them online as we simply can no longer cope with the demand. Regrettably, they will not be available for online purchases by the end of this week.

The range will still be available and have greater representation at C.Gars and Turmeaus cigar stores as well as other fine cigar specialist across the UK including our friends at Davidoff in St James’s and J.J. Fox to name a few.

If you haven’t experienced these splendidly crafted and blended cigars, please visit one of our shops and enjoy the experience in our sampling lounges where we assure you a warm welcome.

Summer may be over but we still have many events to go this year. Enjoy our whisky and cigar sampling events across the country in our comfortable sampling lounges. Hope to see you at some of them.

I was very kindly invited to a super event in Warrington last week. The cigar terrace at San Lorenzo is absolutely beautiful, the service first class and the food quite delicious. Our friend Nick Nicita organised this sold out event that featured Aladino and Mitchellero cigars.

I was terribly sad to see the damage that hurricane Ian had caused to Cuba, more bad news for the cigar industry I’m afraid. We have suffered supply shortages for the last 2 years and it doesn’t look like the situation will improve any time soon. We do however continue to release Havana cigars from our reserves to keep a comprehensive range available as best we are able to.

We have released another single malt whisky cask from our award winning Stalla Dhu range. The 13 year old Linkwood is a delightful dram and pairs very well with a good cigar.

Our new world cigar of the month is the Regius Orchant Seleccion Hermoso. This boutique range of cigars from Nicaragua offers superb value, excellent blends and very well constructed cigars. Highly recommended.

I’ve been having fun doing some filming with our resident photographer/videographer Usman Dawood and you can see some of the clips on YouTube. Next week we’ll be having a chat with Scott Vines from Tor imports which will be interesting as Tor are the leading new World cigar importer in the UK.

Have a smoky week

Peaceful puffing