Party Time!

It’s definitely party season in the cigar trade! Kicking off with the outrageous ‘Spectator Cigar Awards’ event at Boisdale Canary Wharf on Sunday evening. For the full story and photos see here.

I had the privilege of handing out the Cigar Maker of the Year Award to Oliva Cigars and didn’t they deserve it! They make wonderful cigars and the popularity of this brands seems to be increasing month on month. First rate blending and quality at an affordable price. Who could ask for more?

Michelle and I hosted a fabulous table of friends and clients for this star studded black tie event. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kelsey Grammer were amongst the A list celebs in attendance to name a few. A decadent evening of splendid food and libations and magnificent cigars that went on till around 1 a.m.

mitchell and michelle sampling latest UK Regional Edition

Last night Michelle and I went to the UK regional edition Por Larranaga Sobresalientes launch party together with Steve Johnstone from Robert Graham Ltd. The event was held at the Churchill cigar terrace on Portman square. Canapés, champagne and mojitos and H. Upmann Half Coronas (smoking very well indeed) followed by a speech by Jemma Freeman who announced the winner of the Silver Chaveta Award for this year was The Vintage House (congrats!)

The latest regional edition did not disappoint. Distinct Por Larranaga flavours and a delicious smooth balance of flavour and light to medium strength. The cigars we sampled had flawless constructions and vein free wrappers. The cigars have the same beautiful gold band as the now iconic Por Larranaga Magnificos UK regional edition.

Packaged in boxes of 10 and limited to 5000 numbered boxes, these cigars are available from today at our La Casa del Habano – Chester and will be available at Turmeaus cigar shops and online from this Friday. As ever I guarantee the best prices in the UK :)

After the launch party we chilled out at the fabulous Sahakian Cigar Lounge at the Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge and enjoyed BHK54’s paired up with Mortlach.

Tomorrow I’m off to Havana for the Partagas Festival. Now this should be a very happy occasion as I love getting together with aficionados who celebrate the brand of Partagas from all over the world but sadly one of the regular ‘ faces’ on the scene passed away way too young having been unwell for the last year or so. Massimo Di Giovanni was one of the nicest chaps I have met since I have been involved with Havana cigars and was also very heavily involved in the organizing of the Partagas Festival every year. His inimitable style as auctioneer for the charity auction always ensured that the maximum amount of money was raised. I will miss him dearly. (article continues below)

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Not long to go before the Vintage Cigar Auction on the 1st December which will be held at Boisdale Belgravia. Plenty of action expected and no doubt some lucky bidders will bag a bargain or two.

If you haven’t booked already there are still a few places available for the dinner event and we are also hosting pre auction hospitality at the Bulgari Cigar lounge on the 30th November from 6pm. Shoot me an email if you would like to be added to the guest list

Next blog report when I’m back from Havana,

Peaceful puffing,

Mitchell

Vintage Cigar Auction and Cigar dinner event 1st December – Boisdale Belgravia

Our Cigar Auction Dinner event will be held at the fabulous Boisdale in Belgravia on the 1st December. The event is almost sold out so book early to avoid disappointment.

The action starts at 4 pm. with the finest Havana cigars and drinks on the cigar terrace and the auction will commence at 5 pm.

After the auction we will be enjoying the latest UK regional edition Por Larranaga Sobresalientes with drinks on the cigar terrace before we sit down to a sumptuous 3 course dinner with superb wines to accompany.

After dinner we shall retire to the terrace for whisky, cognac and cigars.

For a superb cigar evening and an exciting auction event this is the one you won’t want to miss.

Tickets can be booked online here

Whether you are looking for a box of very special vintage cigars such as Pre Embargo and Cuban Davidoff  (44 Lots of Cuba Davidoff!) to top or your collection or just a special box of mature or limited edition cigars to enjoy over Christmas we have plenty to consider with almost 350 Lots being auctioned by well-known auctioneer Jonathan Humbert.

Visit the Auction website here

Download a PDF Catalogue here

View the FAQ’s here

Highlights of this sale include:

Cubatabaco 1492 humidor of 50 cigars
Low end estimate £24,000

Davidoff Chateau Yquem cabinet of 50 cigars
Low end estimate £6000

Romeo y Julieta Coronations del Luxe cabinet of 125 pre embargo cigars
Low end estimate £12,000

Partagas Selection A cabinet of 25 cigars from the 1960′s
Low end estimate £10,000

Santa Cubana Magnificos cabinet of 100 pre embargo cigars
Low end estimate : £15,000

All Lots are now available for viewing by appointment at our London offices. Simply drop us an email at sales@cgarsltd.co.uk

If you are unable to attend the auction we are always happy to provide condition and provenance reports by email. Simply email quoting Lot numbers. auctions@cgarsltd.co.uk

In other news…

Chester Cigar ShopWe finally (a month late) completed and opened the doors on our fabulous La Casa del Habano – Chester. Situated next door to our Turmeaus Tobacconist shop our La Casa can best be described as heaven for the Havana cigar aficionado and connoisseur. We have just about every Havana cigar available in the UK in every type of presentation. A mouth-watering selection of singles, 3 packs, 5 packs, boxes of 10, boxes of 25 and cabinets of 50.

We also offer exclusive LCDH Havana cigars and if you have a search through the huge walk in humidor you will find some very well matured cigars.

Our VIP area features whisky sampling room and a delightful range of single malt whisky and Cuban rum as well as client lockers of course.

Chester Cigar Shop Smoking LoungeI created a cigar sampling lounge that has super comfortable leather sofas and armchairs with newspapers delivered daily, Bloomberg TV, complimentary espresso and soft drinks. Our humidor manager Calum is one of the few cigar specialist trained to ‘Master of Cigars’ level and is always delighted to advise as well as be your cigar sommelier.

Meanwhile we are close to completing Turmeaus Tobacconist – Norfolk ( also a month late!) and hope to be open in the next few weeks with an unrivalled range of both Havana and New World cigars and the largest selection of Pipe tobacco in the UK at the best possible prices.

The builders are also crashing away at Turmeaus Liverpool. One shop will be exclusively offering premium cigars and select range of single malt whisky whilst the other shop will offer a superb range of pipe tobaccos and continental cigars. Should all be up and running by the end of next week.

… and we are already planning our next Turmeaus Tobacconist shop acquisition!

This Sunday is the Spectator Cigars Awards event at the magnificent Boisdale, Canary Wharf. Our first awards event was last year and if that was anything to go by this will be an evening to remember. I can’t wait!

Next week I’m off to Havana for the annual Partagas Festival. My favourite trip of my travelling year as I meet up with fellow cigar aficionados from all over the globe… And I get a little sunshine too :)

Have a smokey week

Peaceful puffing

Mitchell

C.Gars Chester LCDH cartoon

50 Again!

50th birthday herf in NYCHaving enjoyed my surprise 50th birthday party in London in September, I have just come back from sunny New York where Karyn and I (we have the same birthday!) enjoyed our long planned birthday party at the fabulous Liberty Warehouse which overlooks the Statue of Liberty and has breath-taking views of the Big Apple. If it’s good enough for Jay- Z then it’s good enough for me lol.

Celebrating with almost 80 friends and family from the UK, US and Canada was the best birthday herf I could have planned. Catering was beyond first rate, entertainment was provided by the Stan Rubin’s 13 piece orchestra with Steven Maglio crooning Frank Sinatra songs all evening.

Pre party Oliva Serie V and nerve soothing Cardhu 12We herfed some fabulous Inca Secret Blend cigars as well as Oliva cigars accompanied by Dancing Stag single malt whisky shipped over specially for the occasion.

Special thanks to Brian Shapiro of Oliva cigars for all his support and Michael Nouri for flying over from California to join us for the party. Thanks to Virgin for the Champagne on the flight (nice surprise!) not sure how to top that party but will think of something for my surprise 60th!

50th Birthday HerfingWhilst in NYC I enjoyed herfing at Grand Havana Room and Club Macanudo, Carnegie Club as well as Cigar Inn. I also herfed at the fabulous Nat Sherman and can’t wait to introduce a great range of their cigars exclusively to the UK in the next few days. Super friendly service at all of these locations and great bunch of Guys to herf with wherever we went.

The weather was unbelievable considering it was the end of October and I still reckon that NYC must be one of the most cigar friendly cities in the world. Can’t wait for my next trip.

Over the last few weeks the Partagas Seleccion Privada LE 2014 was released in the UK complete with the wrong bands (not sure why but this happened with UK market Partagas SD3’s years ago as well!) and are flying off the shelves faster than we can get them in from Hunters and Frankau.

The Bolivar Super Corona LE 2014 has proven equally as popular and I can’t wait for the new Cohiba limited edition to come out which I hope will be next month.

Por Larranaga Sobresalientes Cigar (UK Regional Edition - 2014) - Box of 10The one we are really excited about is the new UK Regional Edition Por Larranaga Sobrasalientes expected to be released and prices to be confirmed in two weeks’ time. Measuring in at 6” length and 53 ring gauge this is sure to be a very successful and fast selling addition to the fabulous range of UK regional edition cigars..

The Spectator Cigar Awards event on the 16th November at Boisdale Canary Wharf is already utterly sold out and should be a memorable evening if its half as good as last year’s incredible event.

There are still a few tickets available for the 1st December Vintage Cigar Auction dinner event at Boisdale Belgravia and I expect the catalogue to be online in the next 24 hours on the auction website http://www.cigarauctions.co.uk/index.php

This is a magnificent catalogue and some of the most rare cigars we have ever had the privilege of handling on behalf of clients including:

Lot 317 - Cubatabaco 1492 Humidor Humidor of 50 cigars 5 5/8″ 46 1992
Lot 341 - Santa Cubana Magnificos Cabinet of 100 cigars 6 5/8″ 44 Circa 1940′s
Lot 339 - Romeo y Julieta Coronations de Luxe Cabinet of 125 cigars 5 1/2″ 44 Pre Embargo
Lot 65 - Partagas Fox Humidor Selection A Cabinet of 50 cigars 7 1/4″ 52 Circa mid 1960′s
Lot 280 - Davidoff Chateau Yquem Cabinet of 50 cigars 6″ 42 Early 1980′s
Lot 316 - Cuaba Salamones II Humidor Humidor of 45 cigars 6 7/8″ 57 1999
Lot 324 - H. Upmann Amatistas Cabinet of 50 cigars 5 3/8″ 40 Pre Embargo
Lot 282 - Davidoff Dom Perignon Box of 25 cigars 7″ 47 JM NIUC 1987
Lot 283 - Davidoff Dom Perignon Box of 25 cigars 7″ 47 1980′s~
Lot 337 - Ramon Allones Club Coronas cabinet of 50 cigars 5 1/2″ 44 Pre Embargo
Lot 346 - Partagas Serie D No.4 Cabinet of 50 cigars 4 7/8″ 50 1970′s

You can bid online or email or you can come to the auction to bid on this catalogue of 350 aged, rare and vintage Havana cigars. Condition reports with pleasure and viewing at our London office Monday to Friday by arrangement sales@cgarsltd.co.uk

This Tuesday we will finally open the doors on our La Casa del Habano at 32 Watergate Street, Chester. Next door to Turmeaus Tobacconist at 34 Watergate street Chester. We have a huge walk in humidor with all your favourite Havana cigars as well as LCDH specialities. (more pictures below)

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The shop features a wonderful range of Dunhill humidors and accessories as well as Elie Bleu humidors and other premium accessories

This location also features an exceptionally comfortable cigar sampling lounge and VIP client locker room. As ever I have filled the premises with wonderful antiques and Cuban photographs to give it a unique ambience. We’re planning an opening party early next year.

Our two Liverpool Turmeaus shops are being retrofitted in the next week to expand ranges of premium cigars, pipe tobacco and single malt whisky and our Norfolk Turmeaus premises is nearing completion and we hope to start merchandising a huge range of pipe tobacco and cigars for our clients in Norfolk in the next few weeks. This location will also feature a cigar sampling lounge.

If you’re in Town you can also visit Turmeaus – Mayfair for a comprehensive range of our products and a comfortable indoor sampling area.

Already planning our next Turmeaus shop acquisition which will come as a pleasant surprise to many of our C.Gars clients… More details soon.

Our website has been updated with loads of Christmas gift ideas and as ever we guarantee the best prices in the UK and the fastest service possible

Have a smokey week,

Peaceful puffing,

Mitchell

Vintage Havanas – New Limited Editions – UK Regional Edition

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.

50th Birthday CakeMy 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.
Robert Graham Cambridge - Tasting Event

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

packed auction roomWe 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 sales@cgarsltd.co.uk

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

Confirmed nominees:
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Boris Becker
Boris Johnson
David Dimbleby
Ian Botham
Jeremy Irons
Laurence Fishbourne
Michael Caine
Miguel Angel Jimenez
Ricky Gervaise
Darren Clarke

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

Sponsors:
C.Gars Ltd
Mouton Rothschild
Bentley
Aberdeen Asset Management
Balvenie Whisky
Hennessey XO

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

Peaceful puffing

C.Gars Funny Cartoon Gone Herfing Fishing

Mitchell

New Havanas… At last!!!

Yes its true! Shock – horror… And delight at the first new release of 2014 ☺ a new addition to the Hoyo de Monterrey range:

‘Le Hoyo’ series from Hoyo de Monterrey – Le Hoyo de San Juan.

San Juan y Martinez is a small town in Vuelta Abajo (the main source of tobacco for Habanos) which gives it name to the district that is protected as a Denomination of Origin (DOP). The new heavy ring gauge cigars joining the Le Hoyo range not only take its name from this district but also only use Seco and Ligero leaves in the blend that are grown there which gives the cigars a rich finish whilst maintaining a refined light aroma that is a character of the Hoyo de Monterrey brand. The famous Hoyo de Monterrey plantation is also located here which grows some of the finest leaves for other prestigious Habanos brands.

The cigars are presented in SLB 25s and are dressed with a totally new style of band.

Measuring in at 5 7/8” length and 54 ring gauge and available in singles and cabinets of 25

Cabinet of 25 available here.

Singles available here.

Cigar Auction season is fast approaching and we have a change to the usual routine for the Winter sale.

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 12 pm – 4.30 pm. Email us at sales@cgarsltd.co.uk

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.

Auction Catalogue will be online and in print from the 1st November.

In other news this week…

Mitchell with friends at Chris's weddingCongratulations to my smoking chum Chris (affectionately known as Chris da Grik) on his marriage last weekend. A thoroughly delightful affair and great to catch up with some of my old herfing chums (Gordon, Zaffie and Tillman)

Herfing at the officeOffice herf this week well attended by Zaff, Tillman, Mike and Nick – lot of fun testing out the new Hoyo which was generally liked by all (it must have been ‘cos everyone wanted a second one to check for ‘consistency’ lol) herf was continued till late at the lovely Bulgari Hotel (Sahakian Cigar Lounge) where we enjoyed Ramon Petit Belicosos followed by Cohiba Behike 56’s paired up with Old herfing_at_the_bulgariFashioned cocktails. My thanks to Mike and his staff at the Bulgari for the usual warm welcome.

Next week I’m off to the InterTabak trade show in Dortmund to source even more great products for my clients at the best prices in the UK (like everything we sell – lowest prices always guaranteed!)

This weekend I’m kicking back with C.Gars Co-Director (also my wife!) Karyn to celebrate her birthday… and mine (yup we have the same birthday!) I have some Dunhill Don Candido 500 set aside for thorough enjoyment which should mark the occasion perfectly with a bottle or two of Bilecart Salmon 1989 :)

Have a smokey weekend,

Peaceful puffing,

Mitchell