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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.

Beat the Budget!
March 2015
The Budget is fast approaching on the 18th March and there is little doubt that whilst it should be a pre-election giveaway Budget, smokers will get bashed with yet another hefty increase. Importers, manufacturers and distributors also use this opportunity to do annual price reviews and increases so it could be quite a price hike overall.

Fortunately we hold substantial stocks and we also guarantee best prices in the UK but it would be advisable to lock in to current low prices whilst stocks are available.

So stock up your humidors at pre-budget prices here.
Chester Grand Opening - 17/03/2015
March 2015
Please join me and the Chester Team for our official opening event. Our guest of honour is Sean Croley‎, Sales Director of UK Havana importers Hunters and Frankau who will be cutting the ribbon!

For tickets and information, click here.
UK's first vintage cigar auction for 2015 now accepting bids!
January 2015
Some of the world's wealthiest cigar aficionados are now bidding for C.Gars Ltd's online vintage cigar auction which ends on 1 February. Lots can be viewed and bid on this link

It includes 270 Lots of vintage, mature and limited edition Cuban cigars and is expected to fetch over £300,000.

'In 2014, 1,000 boxes of vintage cigars were auctioned by us, online, achieving a 99.5% auction sales rate that is almost as rare as some of the cigars that were sold,' said Mitchell Orchant, managing director, C.Gars Ltd, in London.

'Our current auction, the UK's first for 2015, includes some of the rarest and most magnificent pre-Embargo Havanas we have ever had the privilege of offering. There is particular interest in the cabinet of 100 pre-Embargo Romeo y Julieta Coronations Deluxe, and the box of 100 pre-Embargo Punch Double Coronas.'
Exclusive Oliva Cigars - Orchant Seleccion
January 2015
We are proud to introduce you to the Orchant Seleccion Oliva Cigars that has been launched exclusively to C.Gars Ltd, Turmeaus Tobacconist and Robert Graham stores across the UK.
Oliva Orchant Seleccion Cigars

This cigar is the result of collaboration between Mitchell Orchant, Tor Imports and Oliva to produce a uniquely blended Oliva cigar tailored to meet Mitchell's high standards and the UK cigar smokers palate; all at affordable prices!

Find out the more here.
Latest Cigars from Havana!
December 2014

We are please to announce that the the third and final Limited Edition for 2014 has arrived. The much anticipated Cohiba Robustos Supremos is here, boasting an impressive 58 ring gauge! No cigar in either the current Habanos standard portfolio or long list of recent Specialities can claim such a girth and it is sure to quickly become an iconic and much sought after cigar.

Also new to these shores is the Por Larrañaga Picadores.Thisis an exclusive line for La Casa del Habano and Havana Cigar Specialists. Measuring 5” (127mm) x 48 ring gauge (Hermosos No.4), the cigars are presented in dressed boxes of 25 and joins the Petit Corona.
Open tasting evenings at La Casa del Habano Chester!
December 2014
La Casa del Hanano cigar shop sampling lounge in Chester
16th, 17th and 18th December

6 p.m. – 10 p.m. our doors are open for Single Malt Whisky and Cuban Rum tastings.

Join me for sampling drams of Single Malt Whisky or Cuban rum and a Havana cigar.

If you enjoy the samples - you can buy the bottles and the boxes!

Tickets Priced £10
(Includes 3 sample drams and a Havana cigar.)
Available online here.

Arrive any time between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. for a half an hour tasting session.

Looking forward to welcoming you to our beautiful LCDH

Mitchell Orchant
Auction Results
December 2014
The results (subject to final checking) of the December 2014 Aged, Rare & Vintage Cigar Auction are available on the Cigar Blog.

C.Gars Ltd Cigar Blog - Auction Results Live

Thank you to everyone who attended and congratulations to everyone who managed to win the delicious cigars they were bidding on.

Auction Time
December 2014
Tonight (01/12/2014) is the Aged, Rare and Vintage cigar auction.

Watch the video from Bloomberg TV with Mitchell discussing a few of the lots.

Black Friday!
December 2014
28th November - 1st December

Black Friday was first thought up in America and falls on the day after Thanksgiving. The idea was that for the busiest shopping day of the year everyone would have the chance to grab some amazing savings. The following Monday has now been dubbed "Cyber Monday" as this has quickly become the busiest online shopping day of the year.

As our friends over the pond get to take advantage of this wonderful day, we thought we'd bring it to you too!

Check out our Black Friday offers below available until midnight on Monday the 1st of December 2014.

Be quick, offers only available while stocks last!

The Spectator Cigar Awards Dinner 2014
November 2014

16th November 2014

Arnold Schwarzenegger accepting his award for Celebrity Cigar Smoker of the Year 2014
This evening Boisdale of Canary Wharf saw cigar aficionados and celebrity cigar smokers from around the world gather for The Spectator Cigar Awards Dinner 2014, sponsored by Mehmet Kurt of Kingwood Stud, founded by Boisdale.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was crowned The Spectator Cigar Smoker of the Year 2014. Governor Schwarzenegger was awarded a beautiful JEANRICHARD 1681 18 carat pin pink gold wristwatch, a bottle of Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1999 and a Frederic Saint Romain designed limited edition ST Dupont lighter (retail value £5,500). Govenor Schwarzenegger tugged at Kelsey Grammer’s beard upon meeting and both enjoyed the charming company of Baroness Trumpington.

Governor Schwarzenegger said of his win, “I never dreamed in the 1970s when I was crowned Mr Universe, that I’d be receiving The Spectator Cigar Smoker of the Year Award. I remember when I became Governor of the great state of California and they said now you have to stop smoking cigars. The laws stated that you could not smoke within twenty feet of the capital building; I built a smoking tent in the atrium just over twenty feet away and I kept smoking cigars. This place was where we did most of our work - it brought together the Democrats and Republicans and Liberals, we all had something in common… our shared passion for the great cigar.”

CLICK HERE to read more and see the full Gallery.
Latest Cigars from Havana!
November 2014
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.

The 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.

Partagas Seleccion Privada Cigar (Limited Edition 2014)

Length: 6 1/4"
Ring Gauge: 50
Flavour: Full

Bolivar Super Coronas Cigar (Limited Edition 2014)

Length: 5 1/2"
Ring Gauge: 49
Flavour: Full

Por Larranaga Sobresalientes Cigar (UK Regional Edition - 2014)

Flavour: Light to Medium
Length: 6" (153mm)
Ring Gauge: 53
Winter Cigar Auction
October 2014
aged rare and vintage cigar auction in london
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 here.
Cigars for Regular Joes
September 2014
My Top 5 Great Value Cigars
By Calum @ Turmeaus Chester

There has always been an association between cigars and wealth, with many people believing that cigar smoking is a hobby exclusive to the rich and famous. This image is often reinforced in the media, with "I smoke cigars" being used as short hand for "I'm filthy rich!" Granted, this can be true with some brands; very few of us are lucky enough to have the cigar budget to smoke Behike 56s every day, after all! Thankfully, there are plenty of options for the rest of us and these options don't always mean we have to compromise on quality. If you know what to look out for it soon becomes clear that great cigars aren't just reserved for celebrities and witty Prime Ministers: they are there to be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of their income or lifestyle.

With that in mind, click here to read the rest of the article and find out our top 5 cigars for when you are on a budget.
New Havana Cigars Have Arrived!
September 2014
Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo de San Juan
Exciting news as we have, fresh from the 16th Habanos Festival, the latest cigar to the Hoyo de Monterrey 'Le Hoyo' series, the Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo de San Juan.

Interestingly, unlike the rest of the Le Hoyo series, this cigar has a wide ring gauge, the largest in Hoyo's current production.

The cigar only uses Seco and Ligero leaves from Vuelta Abajo in the blend which gives it a rich finish whilst maintaining a refined light aroma that is a character of the Hoyo de Monterrey brand.

These beautiful cigars are presented in SLB 25s and are dressed with a totally new style of band.
Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo de San Juan Cigar - 1 single
Length: 5 7/8"
Ring Gauge: 54
Flavour: Light

Try a single here.
Treat yourself to a box here.
Important Auction Event Update!
September 2014
There has been a change to this winters Aged, Rare & Vintage Cigar Auction at Boisdale (tickets available here) in London.

This year the auction will be run separately to the Spectator Cigar Awards Dinner (tickets available here) which is different to how we previously thought it was going to be. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused to anyone.

The C.Gars Aged & Rare Cigar Auction and Dinner will be held on the 1st of December and is set to be a luxurious evening.

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

Ticket price £149 to include auction catalogue.

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

More details here.

The Spectator Cigar Awards Dinner 2014 will be held on the 16th of November and is set to be 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.

Normal price of this event is £250 But CGars clients special price is just £199!

Tickets and details here.
New Smoking Shops Coming Soon!
August 2014
My smoking shop empire is always increasing in size as we strive to bring you the best experience on and offline.

My smoking shop in chester - Turmeaus tobacconist

We have builders in at our Chester cigar shop and now also at the Norfolk office. In 6 to 8 weeks time we hope to have both locations ready to welcome cigar and pipe smokers. As we expand we are providing you with huge indoor sampling lounges and massive walk in humidors crammed full of the finest Cuban and new-world cigars, it's what you asked for so we are bringing it to you. As well as this you will be able to use our client lockers, complimentary bar/snacks/papers/TV... What more could you ask for? Our Norfolk branch will also have the largest range of pipe and rolling tobacco in the country! It's all pretty exciting.

Stay tuned for more information on opening times and tasting events.
Davidoff Nicaraguan Experience
July 2014
Davidoff Nicaraguan Experience range of cigarsWe were spoilt this week as we've had our friends from Davidoff come see us in Chester and Cambridge.

We were treated to a tasting of the latest exceptional line, the Nicaraguan Experience. Using 100% Nicaraguan tobacco the filler and binder leaves have been aged at least 5 years, this cigar takes you on a journey to the volcanic island of Ometepe. You start your adventure on warm peppery flavours that develop into a creamy sweetness with flavours of roasted coffee beans and dark, bitter chocolate all wrapped in a 10 years aged beautiful, silky leaf.

"Davidoff cigars" is synonymous with "Exceptional Quality" therefore this line did not disappoint.

Davidoff Nicaragua touches all of your senses of taste! A perfect, harmonic, exciting cigar is born. If you are a fan of the Romeo Short Churchill or the Hoyo Petit Robusto, I absolutely recommend trying one of the Nicaraguan Short Coronas, a medium to full bodied aromatic cigar with buckets of flavour!

Click here to see the full range of Davidoff Nicaraguan cigars.

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Plain Packaging Success!
July 2014
plain packaging on cigarettes in the UK
We have received the best news that we possibly could have heard, politicians have seen sense and excluded cigars and pipe tobacco from the plain packaging regulations. Read what it said in the "Consultation on the introduction of regulations for standardised packaging of tobacco products" regarding "Specialist Tobacco Products".

Specialist tobacco products

5.9 The Secretary of State’s regulation-making powers in the Children and Families Act 2014 allow for standardised packaging requirements to be introduced for all or any tobacco products. Except for Regulation 10, which applies to all tobacco products and implements – a requirement under the new EU Tobacco Products Directive (see 5.14 – 5.17 below) – the remaining regulations are intended to cover only the packaging of cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco at this stage and not specialist tobacco products, such as cigars.

5.10 Data show that the prevalence of cigar and pipe smoking in England is much lower than cigarette and hand-rolling tobacco smoking and that a very small number of children and young people use this type of tobacco. In 2011, 18% of people aged 16-19 years smoked cigarettes, but 0.2% of this age group smoked cigars and 0.1% smoked pipes. Today, almost all cigar smokers are male and over 25 years of age. Pipe smokers tend to be male and over 20 years of age.

5.11 By contrast, hand-rolling tobacco is very popular among smokers, including younger smokers. In 2011, some 30% of smokers in the 16-19 age bracket in England said that they mainly smoked hand-rolled cigarettes.17 Among children aged 11-15 years who say they are current smokers in England, 39% smoked manufactured cigarettes, 24% smoked hand-rolled cigarettes and 37% smoked both.

5.12 We propose that standardised packaging not apply to specialist tobacco products at this point, given their low rates of use, particularly by young people. Regulations for standardised packaging could be extended to specialist tobacco products in the future, if necessary. For example, if the tobacco market changes and young people become increasingly attracted to these types of tobacco.

Thank you to everyone that helped support the cause!
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