Greetings from rather sunny and lovely London 🙂
Just over a week to go before the best cigar evening of the year and I can’t wait!
CIGAR SMOKER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
Simon Le Bon
Sir David Tang
CIGAR PRODUCER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
Inka Secret Blend Cigars
Alec Bradley Cigars
CIGAR WRITER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
CIGAR RETAILER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
Davidoff of St James’s
Robert Graham, West Hampstead
Tom Toms Belgravia
Segar and Snuff Parlous, Covent Garden
CIGAR TERRACE OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
The Garden Room at The Lanesborough
Royal Horseguards hotel
The Kempinski Stafford
Madison Roof Top Grill and Bar
Banyan on the Thames
The Hyatt Regency
Ten Manchester Street
It’s a bit like the election of the new Pope! The cigar smoke will be coming out of the chimney to signify that Ranald, I and Andrew Neil have finally voted and decided who the winners of the Spectator Cigar Awards will be!
This will truly be a spectacular and sold out event starting with the live auction and also featuring a silent auction during the awards dinner. If you are attending I’ll be looking forward to seeing you and enjoying some of the finest Fuente cigars with you and if you’re not… You’ll be able to read all about it on my blog and website.
In other news this week, I attended a rather crammed cigar and whisky tasting at Robert Graham – Cambridge
Best Cigar Brand Dominican Republic – Dunhill Aged Romanas
Best Cigar Brand Honduras – Alec Bradley Tempus Terra Novo Natural
Best Cigar Nicaragua – Oliva Serie V Torpedo
Paired with the delicious, award winning whiskies from Robert Graham Ltd.
Fair to say a great evening was had by all and great to see that the average age of the 40 or so attendees was around 23 by my estimation. My thanks to Scott from Tor for his support and 5 hour drive to the event and of course Cailin and his Team (James, Fergus and Mimi) from Robert Graham Cambridge.
The new H. Upmann Connoisseur A has arrived in very small quantity a big smoke for the experienced smoker. Well-crafted and well blended.
I mentioned the lovely Partagas Serie D No. 4 book on last week’s blog which have all but sold out now (thank you customers!) and am happy to introduce our next edition which is the incredible Partagas Serie D No. 3 Limited edition from 2006. 14 of these delicious cigars in a Partagas imaged book style cabinet made in Cuba of course. Reserve them while you can, half have already sold out.
Tomorrow evening we have our long planned WAGs (wives and girlfriends) herf… My regular smoking buddies are treating the girls to a night out as a thanks for putting up with all of our boys herfs and smoking!
Next week’s travels take me to our C.Gars Norfolk offices to see the latest developments from our 24/7 IT and marketing Team and the rest of the week I’ll be in the office showing prospective auction bidders the auction Lots. If you can’t make a viewing don’t forget we are always delighted to provide condition reports by email, simply drop us line with the Lot numbers email@example.com
Have a smokey weekend