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Vintage Cigar Auction
October 2015
Aged, rare and vintage havana cigar auction
Aged, Rare & Vintage Cigar Auction
Tickets Now Available!

This will be the largest vintage cigar auction we have every held, if not the largest cigar auction in history. Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert will be offering almost 400 Lots of aged and rare Havana cigars including the rarest and largest catalogue of Pre Embargo cigars ever seen.

Click HERE for Info & Tickets!
Drew Estate Cigars Now Available!
October 2015
Due to popular demand we have introduced Drew Estate cigars. Check them out on this link, this range is very popular in the USA and it will be interesting to see how UK smokers take to it. The packaging is cool, the names are hilarious!

Drew Estate My Uzi Ways a Ton
My New Smoking Shop!
September 2015
new cigar and whisky shop in Chester
I am pleased to report that building starts next week on our third shop in Chester! All three of our shops intercommunicate so the original shop specializes in New World cigars and pipe tobacco and has a pipe sampling area at the front of the shop, the middle shop is the beautiful La Casa del Habano with our superb Havana cigar sampling lounge and whisky sampling bar at the back of the premises. The new shop will dramatically increase our range and offerings of single malt whisky, rum and other spirits and will also feature premium New World cigars that can of course be sampled on the new premises.

Stay tuned for more information!

Find your nearest shop here.
New Smokes...
August 2015
Our La Casa del Habano in Chester has already received the new Partagas Maduro No. 1 and has already… Sold out. More on the way thankfully as this is another winner I’m pleased to report. Measuring in at 5 1/8” length and 52 ring gauge this dark and oily beast is the bomb! Its best suited to the experienced Havana cigar smoker. Full and very sweet flavour throughout, great construction, beautiful aroma and a very serious and complex blend.

Our Winter auction catalogue is almost full which is probably a record as there are still over 3 months before the sale on the 30th November. We expect to be offering over 300 Lots and this sale will feature the largest Pre Embargo section I have ever seen. Some of these cigars are so rare, even I have never seen them before. I find Pre Embargo Havanas breath taking to look at and sublime to smoke. When stored correctly, they are incredible. Delicate flavours, great construction and a cigar experience never to forget.

I commissioned some amazing cigar ashtrays to be made for C.Gars. Check them out on this link. Each one is individual and hand made in Hungary. Very cool. If you are a client of Turmeaus Mayfair you may be interested to know that my assistant Daniel’s Mother makes these ashtrays. She is quite an artisan.

Hoyo San Juan are back in stock as are Por Larranaga Sobresalientes (in small quantity) I love the San Juan, it’s a monster smoke at 5 7/8” length and 54 ring gauge and gives huge volumes of smoke with the perfect balance of strength and flavour.

We’re adding to our whisky range all the time (good excuse to sample the stock!) and of course Turmeaus Mayfair, Liverpool and Chester are all licensed. See the range on this link. I planning to add a Turmeaus whisky shop to our retail group in a few weeks’ time due to overwhelming demand and our need for additional retail space. More details to follow.

ou can even buy whisky and rum by the dram in the bar at Turmeaus Chester, we have quite a range. I’ll be back in Chester for the whisky and cigar tasting on the 10th September. Book up soon as the event is almost sold out already!
Back to the UK...
August 2015
Finally at the office again but only for a few days this week as I plan on heading up North next week to meet builders at yet another new shop which we plan to open in September, all very exciting.

To read about Mitchell's visit to the USA, find out more on Mitchell's Blog.
California Dreamin’
August 2015
Inca – Secret Blend Inca – Secret Blend
The Los Angeles office has been very busy over the last week with a series of Inca – Secret Blend cigar tasting sessions. The overwhelming verdict is that this is the perfect any time smoke.It doesn’t knock you out with strength but has volumes of sweet flavours from the first to the last puff. The brand was introduced in the US a few weeks ago and I understand the first production batch is already sold out.

Inca – Secret Blend will be available in select cigar specialists in California in the next few weeks.My thanks to all the Secret Blend retailers who are working with us to make my little boutique brand successful.

Meanwhilst the Inka – Secret Blend range in the UK goes from strength to strength and continues to be our most popular New World brand of cigars. Being the maker of the brand has given me a great advantage as there is no middleman so I can pass the savings on to our clients.I keep the packaging for the UK brand simple and the cost to a bare minimum as this is all about premium tobacco at an affordable price.

Regius Cigars
H. Upmann Magnum 56 Talking about affordable prices you really should check out our current pricing on Regius cigars as there is no way we can hold such low pricing for much longer. Premium cigars at budget prices. Quality Nicaraguan tobacco, great wrapper and all the popular sizes. No idea why we seem to be the only cigar specialist selling these great smokes in the UK but they are storming out of our shops with non stop repeat orders.

H. Upmann Magnum 56 Limited Edition
I hear that the Upmann Magnum 56 Limited Edition came out in the UK a few days ago. From the feedback I am seeing on our Facebook account it looks like a bit of a winner. I cant wait to try one when I get back to London. I’m not sure why so many of these huge format cigars are made. I love a big cigar but reckon most people these days are in a hurry and want short and fat cigars, generally Robustos and Petit Robustos seem to be ideal for the UK.

First 2015 Limited Edition Cigar
July 2015
H. Upmann Magnum 56 Limited Edition Cuban Cigar 2015The first of the 2015 Limited Edition Cuban cigars has now arrived in the UK!

The H. Upmann Magnum 56 LE 2015

Boasting an impressive 56 ring gauge, it is the second largest girth used on a Limited Edition cigar since the concept was introduced in the year 2000. The 2014 Cohiba Robusto Supremos leads the way with a 58 gauge.

More information to come!
New Orleans!
July 2015
We’re excited about the possibility of introducing La Palina cigars to the UK market and we plan to add to our existing Nat Sherman range, as I found a cracker of a smoke that I will be importing to the UK very soon. I love Nat Sherman and it’s my favourite shop to visit when I’m in NYC.

Turmeaus shops and customers will be very happy to hear I bought zillions of new pipes that can’t normally be found in the UK so their ranges are about to have some delightful quality and value additions. Our pipe tobacco business has been going ballistic over the last two years. Best value in the UK guaranteed - if I’m wrong I will gladly price match.

 Inca Secret Blend - Robusto As most of C.Gars blog readers know, I love Alec Bradley Cigars! We have started a project to have a special release for the UK market only which is very cool and will be very exclusive to two or three cigar specialist only.

I probably don’t need to bang on about the success of the Inka – Secret Blend cigars I created for the UK market but I can now confirm that our Inca- Secret Blend created for the US and International market seem to be selling out faster than we could ever have dreamed. I’m now finalizing the blend on my Inca Robusto, which will roll out in a few months’ time. We are adding retailers daily and some are listed on our Inca website.
Last Chance for Whisky!
July 2015
London Cigar Auction
June 2015
Our Aged, Rare & Vintage Cigar Auction was held at the Bulgari Hotel in London on Monday the 15th of June.

Watch the Lot 294, the Ramon Coronas de Lujo - Pre Embargo cigars, go under the hammer and be sold for a staggering amount!

Bargain New-World Cigars
June 2015
We built a mountain of Regius Cigars at our Turmeaus cigar shop in Norfolk but it’s already getting smaller! We have HUGE stocks of this premium Nicaraguan cigar range at incredibly low prices… whilst stocks last.

See the full range of Regius Cigars here.

Vintage Cigar Auction
May 2015
Aged, rare and vintage cuban cigar auction in London
C.Gars Auctions will be offering 300 Lots of Vintage, Mature, Pre Embargo, Limited Edition, Davidoff & Dunhill cigars at our Summer Auction.

Jonathan Humbert will be conducting the auction at The Bulgari Hotel

June 15th 2015 - 2pm

Bulgari Hotel
Cinema Room
171 Knightsbridge,
London SW7 1DW

No admission without pre booking. Limited space availability.

Lot viewings by appointment at our London offices Monday - Friday. Our auction team headed by Laura Graham and Michelle Adler will be delighted to assist.

Condition reports also available by email: auctions@cgarsltd.co.uk

Admission and catalogue £12

Clients that are unable to come to bid at the auction are able to commission bids online or by auctions@cgarsltd.co.uk

Auction Lots will be listed on our website 2 weeks before the Auction.
Hunters & Frankau Aniversario 225 Humidor
May 2015
Ramon Allones Hunters and Frankau Aniversario 225 Cigar and Commemorative Humidor
How does a Cuban cigar importer celebrate their 225th anniversary? By creating a new cigar and commissioning a Cuban rum to pair them with, this then of course is presented in a handmade Limited Edition humidor. The result of this is the long awaited Ramon Allones Hunters & Frankau Aniversario 225 Cigar & Commemorative Humidor, and I must say, it looks beautiful!

Just 50,000 of the cigars have been produced in numbered SLB boxes of 25. Both the cigars and the humidor have been created to reflect Hunters & Frankau’s company’s long history in the Havana cigar trade.

To find out all the information on the cigars, rum and humidor, click here.
Whisky by the dram!
April 2015
We are now delighted to be able to offer our customers whisky by the dram at Turmeaus Chester. Pop in and sample a cigar or pop in and sample some splendid single malt whisky or Cuban rum.

Whisky available by the dram!

Whisky & Rum Menu

Turmeaus Living cask £7.50


Glenrothes 1999 £7.50
Strathisla £7.50
Linkwood 25 year old £9.50


Featured single malt whisky : Dalmore Cigar malt £7.50 *********** Buy a bottle and we will refund the dram price!

Alien Mor £7.50
Dalmore 18 year old £9.50
Macallan 18 year old £14.50


Hoebeg £7.50
Ardbeg Uigeadail £8.50
Caol Ila 18 year old £9.50


Jura 16 £7.50
Glenkinchie £7.50
Tailsker 57 degree north £8.50
Arran 17 year old £8.50


Spring bank 15 year old £7.50
Glen Scotia 21 year old £9.50

Cuban Rum

Featured Cuban Rum Ron Mulata 15 year old £7.50 *********** Buy a bottle and we will refund the dram price!

Ron cubay reserva £7.50

All measures 35ml

Find details of where to find our cigar and whisky shop in Chester here.
Ramon Allones 225th Anniversario
April 2015
We're getting more and more excited for the launch of the long awaited Ramon Allones 225 which is due to be released on the 19th of June at the Hunters & Frankau summer party! This cigar was first sampled in Havana at the annual Festival in February and is the perfect expression of an old style Ramon blend.
Ramon Allones 225 Anniversario cigar - Hunters and Frankau Anniversary

Measuring in at 5 1/2” x 50 ring gauge this is a well matured cigar, they were rolled some years ago and perfectly crafted for a perfect draw. The wrapper is a super smooth colorado maduro wrapper and comes brandishing a double band which reads ‘Hunters & Frankau – Aniversario 225 – 2015′

Made to celebrate the 225th anniversary with a limited edition of 225 numbered humidors.

Prices will not be known until the cigars are released. No doubt whatever the price, these are sure to become a collector’s item.

C.Gars will be offering the cigars in singles, cabinets of 25 and humidors of 100 cigars including a specially made bottle of 25 year old Havana Club Cuban rum.

Click here to find out more.
Cigars for the Grand National
April 2015
The Grand National at Aintree is this weekend, the worlds most watched horse race! 

You may already know who the bookies favourite to win the race is but which cigar is the spectators favourite?!

Here's what we recommend for this year:

Cuban Cigars:
Montecristo Churchill Anejados

Aged 5+ years, a more mellow and refined cigar from the world famous brand of Montecristo.

Romeo y Julieta Piramide Anejados

Aged 5+ years, a real favourite from last year, slightly fuller in flavour than the Montecristo.

Trinidad Vigia

The experts choice, the latest in the Trinidad range brings it's classic rich, complex flavours but with an impressive 54 ring gauge.

New-World Cigars:
Cain Serie F Perfecto

Deliciously rich Nicaraguan cigar with a slight hint of spice. An absolute bargain of a perfecto. Exclusive to Oliva lounges, available online from us.
Alec Bradley Filthy Hooligan

Irish horse, Irish cigar, Irish luck! A beautifully sweet and mellow cigar from a top class brand.

Davidoff - Nicaraguan Experience - Robusto

Only expect perfection from Davidoff, this one wins the new world race for us!


The Winners Favourite:

Cohiba Robusto Supremos Cigar (Limited Edition 2014)

Start your day as you mean to go on, winning.
This cigar is the real deal.

Huge volumes of sweet flavour from an unbelievable draw. One of the best, if not the all-time best cigar, if you haven't tried one, now is the time to!

Limited Edition released at the end of 2014, they won't hang about for too much longer.

Get one here whilst you still can.
Turmeaus Tobacconist Norfolk – Open!
April 2015
Well overdue! But I can confirm that we finally opened the doors to Turmeaus Norfolk with a delightful opening event on Tuesday evening.

Our guest of honour was Brian Shapiro from Oliva Cigars who very kindly provided some delicious Orchant Seleccion Oliva and Serie V cigars for sampling purposes.

Radio Norfolk and the two local newspapers interviewed me about the new shop and it was great to hear almost immediately after the radio interview from new potential customers in Norfolk who seemed very pleased that there is now a specialist tobacconist in the county. (listen to the interview here)

The walk in humidor is now crammed with premium New-World and Havana cigars and Laura, James and their Norfolk team look forward to welcoming both old and new clients. It was a pleasure to welcome a representative of the Norfolk Pipe Club who seemed very impressed with our range of pipes and tobaccos :)

Click here to read more about the Norfolk Opening Event!

Don’t forget to come visit the new Turmeaus Norfolk Cigar and Pipe Shop in Rollesby!

Whisky and Cigars – Party on Dude!
April 2015
After a few months of ‘running in’ our new La Casa del Habano in Chester and having a lot of fun with tasting evenings we finally held our official launch party last Tuesday evening. We had a fabulous evening and crammed almost 70 customer in over various time slots over the course of the evening which was pretty impressive for our little premises!

Sean Croley (sales and Marketing Director) from Hunters & Frankau cut the ribbon on the humidor and provided us with some delicious Por Larranaga Sobresalientes to sample and enjoy which we matched up with The Dalmore Cigar Malt… Whatta combo :)

The local newspaper very kindly covered the event but seemed to get their investigative journalism wrong by reporting that La Casa del Habanos had replaced Turmeaus Tobacconist in Chester which of course it has not as we are still very merrily trading in the shop next door as Turmeaus with a massive selection of every type of tobacco you could dream of and a huge selection of New World cigars including Padron, Alec Bradley, Fuente, Inka – Secret Blend and of course Oliva to name a few in the walk in humidor.
Strike a pose like Churchill at Norfolk’s new cigar ‘destination
March 2015
With its sampling lounge and temperature-controlled “humidor” the traditional Alfie Turmeaus shop is rolling outs hundreds of cigars and pipe-tobaccos in a myriad of tastes, flavours and bouquets.

Here the selected leaves are treated like fine wines with those who enter the store keen to assess the brand, taste and strength before parting with their money.

And with prices ranging from £2.99 to £100 for a single cigar a period of intense deliberation is something the management actively caters for, allowing customers to puff with impunity amid leather arm chairs and framed prints of Cuban street scenes.

Unaffected by the smoking ban and legislation about packaging the cigar market is booming and reaching out to ever younger enthusiasts, according to managing director Mitchell Orchant.

Read the full article on the Great Yarmouth Mercury website here.

Find out more about the NEW Alfie Turmeaus Cigar and Pipe Shop - Norfolk here.
Turmeaus Comes to Norfolk
March 2015
Listen to Mitchell's interview on BBC Radio Norfolk for the opening of our new shop in Rollesby, Norfolk.

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