As the subject suggests The Budget is fast approaching on the 18th March and I have 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.

The Standardized packaging for cigarettes has now been finalized with change happening in 2016 and that’s the end of cigarette branding I’m afraid. I don’t care much for cigarettes ( I don’t smoke them – ever) but I do care when we are dictated to by government at every twist and turn of our lives . ‘Legislation for legislation sake’. Complete dream law for smugglers I would say. Perhaps the law makers will move on to alcohol and fizzy drinks next?

And the next barmy law to come into effect is the display ban on the 6th of April. This law forces cigar shops to completely cover our windows so no tobacco product can be seen from the pavement outside of our shops as such. I have no idea what this law will achieve and I have yet to meet a human being that can tell/persuade me there is any benefit to anyone other than armed robbers.

On to more pleasant topics…..

IMG_2499I spent all day Tuesday at our Norfolk  C.Gars headquarters and am very happy with the progress of our Turmeaus that is due to open with our Opening Event on the 24th March. Book up soon! Not many tickets left now 🙂

The walk in humidor is almost stocked up now and looks fab. The ‘Oliva’ sampling lounge is super cosy and the showroom area looks awesome. I look forward to meeting friends and clients at the opening which will feature some of the finest Oliva cigars paired up with some excellent cocktails and Ron Cubay.

My thanks to Scott from Tor Imports and the boys from Oliva for all their support and especially for the Orchant Seleccion by Oliva series of cigars which are now our fastest selling Nicaraguan cigar. Great smokes at a great price. Can’t go wrong.

Our official opening party for La Casa del Habano Chester is next Tuesday evening. I think the event is more or less sold out now so if you are planning to join us for a completely over the top opening event – book up fast!

I first met Henke Kelner many years ago when Davidoff were kind enough to invite me on their training trip to the Dominican Republic. It’s a pleasure to finally be welcoming him to our Robert Graham whisky and cigar shop in Cambridge next month:

Cigar and Whisky Tasting Event
Wednesday April 22nd

Robert Graham – Cambridge

6.30 pm – 9.00 pm

Guest of honour : Henke Kelner of Davidoff

Introducing the new range of Winston Churchill cigars

Paired up with Drams of:

Dancing Stag Glen Grant 1992  20yo
Dancing Stag Ben Nevis 1995 18yo
Hoebeg ISC Gold Medal Award

Steve Johnstone and Mitchell Orchant look forward to welcoming you for a memorable evening.

Tickets in advance only £20. Strictly limited availability.
Tickets available here – Book early to avoid disappointment

I’m still herfing my way through stacks of Cohiba Robusto Supremo. Not my usual smoke as I generally smoke robustos and piramides but I just can’t seem to leave these CRS’s alone. The construction is so perfect for the crazy ring gauge and the blend is so sweet, I’m like a kid with a bag of candy! Not sure how many of these were made so I have stashed a load away to smoke over the next 5-10 years as I would guess they will age very well indeed.

Peaceful puffing



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