Gran Reserva – Oh yes!

Oh my goodness, this could be the best cigars I have enjoyed this year! Partagas Gran Reserva arrived in our humidors this week and are flying out of the humidor.

The cigar not only tastes incredible but has the most enticing oily colorado maduro wrappers I have ever seen, far better than the Montecristo or Cohiba previous Gran Reserva. We sold out in around 2 nano seconds but 

Turmeaus Book Style Cabinet

expect some more availability very soon so keep those orders rolling in :)

Here are few of the Turmeaus special editions…Still plenty of time to order Christmas prezzies and we keep adding new sexeeee products daily!

Book style cigar cabinet made specially for Turmeaus in Cuba and containing 16 beautiful robustos rolled by Arlety at our London offices in October.

 

Regius Culebras - Turmeaus Edition 2013 Cigar

Regius Culebras – Turmeaus Limited Edition – crazy low price!

Length: 5 3/4″
Ring Gauge: 39
Flavour: Medium to full
Packaging: Box of 9 cigars (3 x 3 cigars twisted together)

Rich and earthy cigars with a background of spice.


Only 400 boxes made, 200 for the USA and 200 for the UK

These cigars have been created for Alfie Turmeaus Tobacconist est. 1817 and exclusively selected by Havana Cigars Specialist Mitchell Orchant. (That’s me/the blogger!)

Handmade and long filler premium cigars.

The Culebra is a collection of 3 cigars, twisted by the Torcedors (rollers) made for factory rollers to smoke in order to distinguish them from the straight cigars intended for export.

The cigars are made with a Nicaraguan binder and filler and 3 different wrappers:

1 – Cuban seed Oscuro wrapper from Jalapa Nicaragua
2 – Cuban seed Rosado wrapper from Jalapa Nicaragua
3 – Connectict seed from Talanga Honduras

Regius Robustos – Turmeaus Limited Edition – crazy low price!

Length: 4 3/4″
Ring Gauge: 52
Flavour: Medium to full
Packaging: Box of 10 cigars

Rich and earthy cigars with a background of spice.

Only 400 boxes made, 200 for the USA and 200 for the UK.

This limited edition has been created for Alfie Turmeaus Tobacconist est. 1817 and exclusively selected by Havana Cigars Specialist Mitchell Orchant. (That’s me/the blogger!)

…and take a look at these new lines:

New range of ‘My Father’ cigars on this link yes I know, rather odd name! But regardless, they are pretty good smokes!

Alec Bradley 2012 Fine & Rare - Limited Edition Torpedo Cigar - Box of 10Alec Bradley Fine and Rare cigars… Some of the best New World smokes out there superb presentation as well as great value.

Need a stocking filler? Cigar review notepad may do the trick.

And if you need special dram for the holidays check out 30 year old Jura :)

Our offices are operating 24/7 to get your orders out on time and so far so good :) Well done London and Norfolk C.Gars Team.

Whilst hard at work I have been ‘sampling’ my way through the 2007 UK regional edition Por Larranaga Magnificos the maturing process this cigar has gone through is incredible. Its soft and refined, sweet and balanced. Quite possibly one of the best cigars ever to come out of Havana.

On the late shift I need more of a pep you up smoke and I’ve opted for the Davidoff Nicaraguan Toro… BOOM! This is one full bodied puppy!!! Try them… They are incredible.

Our shops across the UK stock comprehensive ranges of cigars and whisky and we look forward to welcoming you. Wherever you are and whatever you need… We have you covered. Largest range in the UK. Best prices in the UK and  best service in the UK. If we ever fall short the buck stops here and I’m always available to personally help my clients sales@cgarsltd.co.uk

Next week I’m off to Scotland and look forward to welcoming clients to our wonderful Robert Graham shops in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Have a smokey weekend

Peaceful puffing

Mitchell

C.Gars Christmas Cigar Cartoon

More New Cigars!

After the crazy travels of the last few weeks, it’s been a pleasure to be back in the London office this week which can best be described as an absolute hive of Christmas order activity! I love the Christmas season as the buzz is amazing with three times the normal volume of orders.

We work to full shipping capacity normally so the increased volume is quite a challenge to manage! Our team work is legendary and all orders are being fulfilled fully and rapidly so I reckon Santa Claus will be making on time deliveries :)

But how do we do it? Well, we are the only cigar specialist in the world that I know of that works 24/7 – every day of the year, so when you place your order… Its picked and packed and ready for shipping within an average of 6 minutes! Our London and Norfolk warehouses are crammed with stock , everything you see on our websites is actually available and I dare say we must have the largest range and stocks in the UK… As well as more retail cigar shops than anyone in the UK.

Herfing at Ten Manchester StreetManaged to take a break and herf at Ten Manchester Street with cigar smoking chums Dov, Joe and Tim on Tuesday evening. Starting off on the splendid heated terrace and then moving into the sampling room for what ended up to be a very late night herf.

Service as good as ever (TY Paula and Maurizio) perfectly mixed old fashioned cocktails (I lost count they were so good!) and copious amounts of La Flor de Cano Gran Cano cigars were enjoyed immensely.

Ten Manch as we like to call it has become a firm herfing favourite location with a good crowd of regulars as well as hotel cigar smoking guests and of course everyone gets chatting over a good cigar or two.

Herfing at Ten Manchester StreetWe expect the long overdue releases of the Partagas Gran Reserva any day now. I tried this cigar back in March at the Habanos festival and it was sublime. I can’t wait to revisit it. Tasting notes from the two cigars I smoked at the Festival: Full and true Partagas flavour/blend. Refined and smooth medium strength with an incredibly good draw for a double corona.

We also have new stocks of the fabulous UK regional edition La Flor de Cano Gran Cano – in store and online. Buy them while you can as they are flying off the shelves.

I love UK regional editions, they are such awesome smokes. Checkout the range since the beginning of the regionals program here. We still have availability of most of the cigars as we hold back such huge stocks and release them in small quantity year by year. My favourites include the Por Larranaga Magnificos and Punch Serie D’Oro no.1 as well as the incredible Ramon Allones Belicosos which started the whole regional edition cigar program.

Next week we will be releasing  two cigars specially made for Turmeaus tobacconist. Regius – Culebras and Regius robustos. I did the blending of the cigars and think they will be very popular indeed. Just a couple of hundred boxes of each made and available next week in all of our stores as well as online.

If you are following the success of the Inka – Secret Blend cigar range that I created you’ll be happy to see the newly launched Cristales sweet as sugar blend, handmade and long filer 100% Peruvian. Measuring in at 6” length and 41 ring gauge, unbeatable value, superb smoke or a great gift.

We’re still struggling with the huge volume sales for the Inka –Secret Blend brand of cigars which has fast become our bestselling range of non-Cubans. They can’t be beaten for value and are great quality. The Minis are the only handmade mini on the market that I know of and are a great little whiff when you’re short of time and the Bombaso is big enough even for a big mouth like me :) (60 ring gauge!)

We’re introducing a big new range of Dalmore single malts in store and online in the next few days including the delicious ‘Cigar Malt’ which works very well with a cigar obviously :)

OK so I’m kicking back for a few hours tomorrow and have my humipouch crammed with some BBF’s, PSD4’s, LFDC Gran Cano as well as some Punch Serie D’Oro no.1. I’m  pairing them up with a bottle of Robert Graham Christmas Malt to get me in the spirit so to speak :)

Have a smokey weekend

Peaceful puffing

Mitchell

Merry Xmas Cigar Cartoon

London Auction – Havana Festival!

Our Winter Auction was held on the 19th November at Boisdale Canary Wharf and was as expected a resounding success. Bidders joined us from all over the world to enjoy the pre-auction herfing as well as the evenings event. The auction was held in the main dining room and literally packed with bidders.

Our consultant auctioneer Jonathan Humbert did an exceptional job of knocking down almost 350 Lots in just under 2 ½ hours which was quite a task! Well done Jonathan – great to have you on the Team!

The auction had a 96% sales rate which is pretty high by any auctioneers standards and record prices were achieved for rare Davidoff and Dunhill Havana cigar Lots. Plenty of interest in Pre embargo cigars, Cohiba and Limited edition humidors generally continuing the trend that we have seen over the last few years.

We keep all sold prices on our auction website search facility as a useful resource for both sellers and bidders, aficionados and connoisseurs and it’s interesting to see how values have increased on so many cigars whilst a few have stayed static.

I think bidders are clear that they demand good quality stocks, clean boxes and good provenance in which case they will pay the market price or perhaps above market price for certain items.

The event was followed by the Spectator Cigar Smoker of the Year Awards dinner – more details here and here

The food and wine were superb as were the Fuente and Alec Bradley cigars we enjoyed over the course of the evening.

Big congrats to all the Award winners :)

Thanks to the C.Gars Auction Team including Jonathan, Michelle, Eliska as well as my wife Karyn and daughter Tasha for all their help before during and after the Auction.

My thanks to Ranald, Susanna, Nathan and Valeri and all the Boisdale Team for such a splendid event.

So the update for successful bidders is if you haven’t collected but have requested shipping… The Lots are now on the way to you. For Sellers – Sellers reports should be in your inbox in the next 24 hours.

No doubt the attendees enjoyed the evening as much as I did… And we look forward to doing it all over again next year :) we start accepting auction Lots for our Summer auction at the beginning of February.

As if the Auction wasn’t enough action for me in a week, I zoomed off to Havana for the annual Partagas Festival! Relaxing with a pre-flight massage in the Virgin lounge and then meeting up with the boys from The Wellesley in Upper Class, the only thing that was missing was cigar smoking!

Smoked a Partagas Short at Jose Marti airport whilst waiting for the suitcases to come though (there is a smoking ban but no one seemed bothered) and my regular driver had a bottle of rum ready in the car which was perfect with a Partagas P2 as we headed off on our usual run around of Havana. 

First stop was the Melia Habana (Robaina shop) one of my favourites as they take great and very professional care of my cigars. I grabbed a rum from the bar and took a look in my locker to decide what to smoke. Settled on a box of 2001 Partagas Presidentes. first cigar was too perfect for words, the cigars were covered in plume, the draw was excellent and the flavour was old style full flavour, earthy and spicy Partagas.

Sadly the good experience ended with that first cigar as the rest of the box was terribly disappointing in terms of construction and draw. Joys of the 2001 lack of quality control I guess. Hey ho… Consoled myself smoking Cohiba Behike 54 and 56 as well as Cuban regional edition El Rey del Mundo Infantes over the next few days. All of which had excellent construction thankfully.

Visited the Partagas shop (factory closed down but shop is open), always good to see Hamlet the roller (he rolled for us in London a couple of years ago) who is managing the shop now together with the lovely and attentive Grecia.

Full range and stocks of cigars at Partagas. Melia Habana, Palacio, Melia Cohiba, Nacional in fact everywhere I visited and the El Laguito factory looks like it’s at very full production with large and beautiful tobacco leaf. So no signs of any shortages although a few vitolas of this and that in the UK seem to be coming and going… and coming back again.

The gala dinner was held at the Tropicana and as usual was a superb evening. I had a great table of friends including Amir Saarony who wrote the incredible book on Partagas. The auction which raises money for the Cuban National Health service appeared to be very successful and I was happy to help it along with a few bids for able auctioneer Massimo di Giovanni. The Tropicana show followed the auction and was awesome… As ever.

Herfed over the next couple of days at
La Fontana (superb food and service to match)
Sloppy Joe’s
La Dominica (odd name for an Italian restaurant!)
La Ferminia (Cigar Club bash)
Espacios (very cool place)
and Melen Bar (great place)

I’ve actually lost count of how many times I have been to Cuba! Probably around 70 times over the years but I never tire of my trips. Great cigars, rum, music, weather and very friendly people… Who could ask for more.

Finally back in C.Gars London office for a week or two before I head round all the Turmeaus and Robert Graham cigar and whisky shops around the country can’t believe Christmas is only a few weeks away! Our shops are crammed full of cigars and spirits, gifts and accessories and of course we guarantee the best service and value in the UK… After all, we are the largest cigar specialist in the UK :)

Have a smokey weekend

Peaceful puffing

Mitchell

Auction results live!

Reporting to you live from Boisdale Canary Wharf with results of the auction as it happens.

Subject only to final confirmation when we are back in our offices tomorrow at which time confirmed sold prices will be updated on our main auction website http://www.cigarauctions.co.uk

Best of luck to all of our sellers and bidders,

Mitchell, Laura, Michelle, James and Eliska
C.Gars Ltd – Auction Team

 

Lot 1 – £900 Lot 2- £3200 Lot 3 – £1250
Lot 4 – £1250 Lot 5 – £1700 Lot 6 – £2000
Lot 7 – £1300 Lot 8 – £620 Lot 9 – £200
Lot 10 – £250 Lot 11 – £1700 Lot 12 – £ 1100
Lot 13 – £1500 Lot 14 – £1400 Lot 15 – £400
Lot 16 – £1050 Lot 17 – £220 Lot 18 – £1000
Lot 19 – £1500 Lot 20 – Pass Lot 21 – £1300
Lot 22 – £950 Lot 23 – £500 Lot 24 – £500
Lot 25 – £700 Lot 26 – £700 Lot 27 – £130
Lot 28 – £120 Lot 29- £ 250 Lot 30 – £220
Lot 31 - Lot 32 – Withdrawn Lot 33 – £250
Lot 34 – £150 Lot 35 – £400 Lot 36 – £750
Lot 37 – £290 Lot 38 – £1580 Lot 39 – £550
Lot 40 – £900 Lot 41 – Withdrawn Lot 42 – £100
Lot 43 – £180 Lot 44 – £180 Lot 45 – £520
Lot 46 – £520 Lot 47 – £600 Lot 48 – £400
Lot 49 – £280 Lot 50 – £150 Lot 51 -
Lot 52 – £400 Lot 53 – £300 Lot 54 – £300
Lot 55 – £300 Lot 56 – £200 Lot 57 – £350
Lot 58 – £2600 Lot 59 – £350 Lot 60 – £240
Lot 61 – £250 Lot 62 – £500 Lot 63 – £600
Lot 64 – £900 Lot 65 – £220 Lot 66 – £220
Lot 67 – £260 Lot 68 – £200 Lot 69 – £300
Lot 70 – £500 Lot 71 – £2000 Lot 72 – £500
Lot 73 – £230 Lot 74 – £1000 Lot 75 – Pass
Lot 76 – £350 Lot 77 – £220 Lot 78 – £380
Lot 79 – £700 Lot 80 – £350 Lot 81 – £650
Lot 82 – £250 Lot 83 – £250 Lot 84 – £350
Lot 85 – £200 Lot 86 – £300 Lot 87 – £100
Lot 88 – Pass Lot 89 – £350 Lot 90 – £280
Lot 91 – £280 Lot 92 – Pass Lot 93 – £600
Lot 94 – £550 Lot 95 – £550 Lot 96 – £300
Lot 97 – £180 Lot 98 – Pass Lot 99 – Pass
Lot 100 – £240 Lot 101 – £200 Lot 102 – £350
Lot 103 – £420 Lot 104 – Pass Lot 105 – £220
Lot 106 – £220 Lot 107 – £330 Lot 108 – £450
Lot 109 – £280 Lot 110 – Pass Lot 111 – £330
Lot 112 – £220 Lot 113 – £200 Lot 114 – £300
Lot 115 – £600 Lot 116 – £700 Lot 117 – £550
Lot 118 – £150 Lot 119 – £200 Lot 120 – £400
Lot 121 – £580 Lot 122 – £300 Lot 123 – Pass
Lot 124 – Pass Lot 125 – £320 Lot 126 – £150
Lot 127 – £500 Lot 128 – £100 Lot 129 – £80
Lot 130 – £190 Lot 131 – £350 Lot 132 – £100
Lot 133 – £250 Lot 134 – £300 Lot 135 – £520
Lot 136 – £750 Lot 137 – £680 Lot 138 – £400
Lot 139 – £500 Lot 140 – £600 Lot 141 – £250
Lot 142 – £280 Lot 143 – £800 Lot 144 – Pass
Lot 145 – £350 Lot 146 – £80 Lot 147 – £380
Lot 148 – £300 Lot 149 – £200 Lot 150 – £200
Lot 151 – £280 Lot 152 – £400 Lot 153 – £420
Lot 154 – £600 Lot 155 – £700 Lot 156 – £400
Lot 157 – £310 Lot 158 – £550 Lot 159 – £200
Lot 160 – £180 Lot 161 – £180 Lot 162 – £160
Lot 163 – £100 Lot 164 – £180 Lot 165 – £350
Lot 166 – £500 Lot 167 – £500 Lot 168 – £380
Lot 169 – £400 Lot 170 – £400 Lot 171 – £2000
Lot 172 – £580 Lot 173 – £550 Lot 174 – £80
Lot 175 – £1800 Lot 176 – £450 Lot 177 – £450
Lot 178 – £900 Lot 179 – £1300 Lot 180 – £750
Lot 181 – £650 Lot 182 – £2200 Lot 183 – £ 1900
Lot 184 – £ 1900 Lot 185 – Pass Lot 186 – £950
Lot 187 – Pass Lot 188 – £700 Lot 189 – £550
Lot 190 – Pass Lot 191 – £750 Lot 192 – £1000
Lot 193 – £1000 Lot 194 – £650 Lot 195 – £720
Lot 196 – £720 Lot 197 – £720 Lot 198 – £750
Lot 199 – £850 Lot 200 – £800 Lot 201 – £750
Lot 202 – £800 Lot 203 – £250 Lot 204 – £520
Lot 205 – £750 Lot 206 – £320 Lot 207 – £1000
Lot 208 – £500 Lot 209 – £600 Lot 210 – £700
Lot 211 – £300 Lot 212 – £520 Lot 213 – £320
Lot 214 – £1850 Lot 215 – £320 Lot 216 – £320
Lot 217 – £380 Lot 218 – £520 Lot 219 – £880
Lot 220 – £1000 Lot 221 – £650 Lot 222 – £2200
Lot 223 – £950 Lot 224 – £450 Lot 225 – £2000
Lot 226 – £180 Lot 227 – £2600 Lot 228 – £800
Lot 229 – £3200 Lot 230 -1500 Lot 231 – £3200
Lot 232 – £6800 Lot 233 – £3500 Lot 234 – £850
Lot 235 – £4100 Lot 236 – £2400 Lot 237 – £1500
Lot 238 – £800 Lot 239 – £2150 Lot 240 – £450
Lot 241 – £1200 Lot 242 – £1750 Lot 243 – £1450
Lot 244 – £1200 Lot 245 – £1000 Lot 246 – £450
Lot 247 – £495 Lot 248 – £900 Lot 249 – £585
Lot 250 – £800 Lot 251 – £900 Lot 252 – £600
Lot 253 – £4200 Lot 254 – £2100 Lot 255 – £850
Lot 256 – £8000 Lot 257 – £7500 Lot 258 – £6500
Lot 259 – £5100 Lot 260 – £3800 Lot 261 – £3200
Lot 262 – Pass Lot 263 – £2800 Lot 264 – £7000
Lot 265 – £4500 Lot 266 – £4500 Lot 267 – £13,000
Lot 268 – £3200 Lot 269 – £8000 Lot 270 – £6000
Lot 271 – £5500 Lot 272 – £2500 Lot 273 – £1800
Lot 274 – £5200 Lot 275 – £5000 Lot 276 – Withdrawn
Lot 277 – £3250 Lot 278 – £3000 Lot 279 – £700
Lot 280 – £1900 Lot 281 – £3600 Lot 282 – £750
Lot 283 – Pass Lot 284 – Pass Lot 285 – £280
Lot 286 – Pass Lot 287 – £300 Lot 288 – Pass
Lot 289 – Pass Lot 290 – £80 Lot 291 – £50
Lot 292 – Pass Lot 293 – Pass Lot 294 – Pass
Lot 295 – £350 Lot 296 – £350 Lot 297 – £580
Lot 298 – £480 Lot 299 – £85 Lot 300 – £60
Lot 301- £220 Lot 302 – £620 Lot 303 – £850
Lot 304 – £2100 Lot 305 – £700 Lot 306 – £880
Lot 307 – £850 Lot 308 – £2100 Lot 309 – £900
Lot 310 – £1050 Lot 311 – £800 Lot 312 – £620
Lot 313 – £750 Lot 314 – Pass Lot 315 – £700
Lot 316 – £800 Lot 317 – £720 Lot 318 – £500
Lot 319 – £880 Lot 320 – £1150 Lot 321 – £1600
Lot 322 – £1600 Lot 323 – £1500 Lot 324 – £3000
Lot 325 – £6000 Lot 326 – £3600 Lot 327 – £3100
Lot 328 – £4200 Lot 329 – £9500 Lot 330 – £3600
Lot 331 – £200 Lot 332 – £3500 Lot 333 – £220
Lot 334 – £980 Lot 335 – £350 Lot 336 – £340
Lot 337 – £600 Lot 338 – £780 Lot 339 – £420

 

Going… Going…

auction catalogueWell, you guessed from the subject line its Auction time again! Next Tuesday the 19th  we will be holding our Winter Cigar Auction at the fabulous Boisdale Canary Wharf at 5 pm.

Not long to get your bids in (unless you are bidding at the auction of course) as online bidding closes at 5pm on the 18th November.

Open day this Sunday at our London offices from 12pm – 5 pm but please email to confirm that you wish to view, sales@cgarsltd.co.uk. Boisdale has very kindly sent us a few cases of their delicious Champagne for clients to enjoy whilst they are viewing Lots :)

Viewing is always advised and for absentee bidders we are always happy to provide condition reports over email.

Ranald and I have planned an outrageous evening for The 

Spectator Cigar Smoker of the Year Awards which follow on from the auction. Full details here but this 

event is absolutely completely and utterly sold out now :)

We’ll be smoking some of the best Fuente cigars accompanied but some incredible libations whilst we bid on some great Lots at the Silent Auction over dinner!

I’m looking forward to welcoming friends and clients from all over the world over the next few days for some great smokes and super herfing! Pre herf will be at the lovely Bulgari Hotel – drop me an email if you would like to join us for a smoke/drink.

… also in the news this week:

Delighted to report that a new Turmeaus cigar shop is now in the planning and will open in Norfolk at the end of February 2014. We have always had offices in Norfolk but now have so many clients in this beautiful county that we thought it’s about time we opened a specialist store with walk in humidor and sampling lounge. Our new Norfolk premises will also have the largest pipe tobacco range in the UK and a huge range of humidors and all other cigar related accessories.

My Co-Director, Laura is overseeing this expansion which is very exciting for our Norfolk C.Gars Team.

It was a week of travelling for me (no change there then!) as I visited our Norfolk offices on Monday and had an exciting presentation on our new C.Gars website due to launch in the next few week . It’s a massive improvement on current version and I think our clients will love it. We’re working on lots of cool interactive features for 2014 to make each visit a fabulous customer friendly experience.

On Tuesday I headed up to Turmeaus Liverpool and Turmeaus Chester to see how our shops are ready for the Christmas season… And well yes, they are very ready! Huge ranges of cigars, pipes, lighters and accessories – everything for the smoker as well as traditional warm and friendly, helpful service.

Liverpool and Chester also sell Cuban rum and superb single malt whisky with the range being increased substantially over the next week or so. You won’t find these single malts in the supermarkets, they have been selected for quality and value by our head buyer, Linda from Robert Graham Ltd.

Chester is now open late night Thursdays till 8 pm and I understand that Liverpool will have a new Hilton Hotel opening next year, complete with a cigar terrace! Great news, as its just round the corner from our Fenwick street location :)

I was particularly impressed with the range in the Chester walk in humidor but then I should be as our assistant Manager, Calum is a ‘Master of Cigars’ and very knowledgeable indeed as well as lovingly caring for the condition and appearance of the premium cigars at Chester. We welcome cigar sampling at both Liverpool and Chester Turmeaus.

Managed to sneak in a herfette with Roy – my cigar smoking chum from Chester. Roy enjoyed an Upmann Robusto Limited edition whilst I herfed one of the new Romeo de Luxe Limited editions just released.

We also have the new Montecristo Petit no. 2 in stock now and rolling out to all of our shops, singles and boxes and I reckon they will prove to be very popular indeed.

Oodles of new products arriving and being added to our humongous range daily – easy to check out the latest products on this link.

Okay, so my next blog will have auction (preliminary subject to confirmation) results on it as usual as well as a few pics and then after the auction… I’m off again! this time to the Partagas Festival in Havana :)

Have a smokey weekend and best of luck to all of our auction bidders and sellers

Peaceful puffing

Mitchell

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