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Just back from a quick smoke with my friend and business partner Christoph where the weather in Hamburg seems to be worse than London ( can’t believe that’s possible!) but at least the cigars were good and so was the rum 🙂


We smoked 3 Hoyo Epicure no.1’s from 2005 back to back as we could not believe how good these cigars are.Darkest oily wrappers…simply incredible.


We followed the Epicures with the regional edition El Rey Vikingos….what a smoke,quite sublime.


This weeks featured Havanas …shipped overnight intact by courier service guaranteed for safe delivery and superior quality ( sorry only for delivery outside the EU!)

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No.1 in cab of 50 – very dark wrappers – Sep 2005 £399 highly recommended

La Gloria Cubana Tainos box of 10 – Mar 07 £99

Rey del Mundo Vikingos – rare regional edition from Baltics – Sep 07  £449

H.Upmann Monarch Tubos – Feb 2001  £309

4 Montecristo Mini & Club Humidor with 25 of each in each ! total 100 minis and 100 clubs £129

Ramon Allones Specially Selected box of 25 – Nov 06  £149

2 boxes of 25 Flor de Cano Petit Coronas – Aug 07 £99

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We have been making some extremely rare Havanas available in sampler packs.not sure anyone else in the world ever does this but I always figure it’s great to make these cigars available in samplers otherwise you have to buy the whole humidor for big Bucks! check these out 🙂



Very rare- Special Sampler Partagas and H.Upmann 160th Anniversary Sampler LAST THREE SAMPLER PACKS AVAILABLE!!!
Delightful and rare, specially banded cigars on the occasion of the 160th Anniversary of Partagas and H.Upmann brands.

Including  one of each of the following:

Partagas 160th Anniversary Robusto Extra
Partagas 160th Anniversary Gran Piramides
H.Upmann 160th Anniversary Connoisseur no 1
H.Upmann 160th Anniversary no 2
H.Upmann 160th Anniversary Prominentes.


Simply place your order online via the following link or email to place your order.

Rarest humidor sampler pack £89.00

-single Montecristo B ( Compay)
-single Partagas Sobrasaliente

Inclusive shipping £89




Collectors item……Festival del Habanos X Presentation pack £120.00

H.Upmann Magnum 50 and Hoyo Especial, double banded specially for the 10th Festival Del Habanos.




Rarest of the rare sampler

Montecristo B (from limited edition Compay humidor)

Partagas Sobresaliente (from limited edition Replica humidor)

H Upmann Tacos Imperiales (from limited edition Replica humidor)

H Upmann connoisseur no.1 (from limited edition 160th anniversary humidor)

H Upmann no.2 piramides (from limited edition 160th anniversary humidor)

H Upmann Prominente (from limited edition 160th anniversary humidor)

Partagas Rodolfos (from limited edition 160th anniversary humidor)

Partagas Dobles (from limited edition 160th anniversary humidor)

H Upmann Magnum Especial ( from limited edition book humidor)

Por Larranaga Magnificos ( UK exclusive regional edition)

10 cigars £349

Por Larranaga Magnificos UK exclusive regional edition available now by courier service


Still my favourite cigar of the last year. Medium strength and full flavour,Great potential to mature to perfection over the next few years and with only 400 boxes made of the 25 count boxes highly collectible

Boxes of 10

Boxes of 25

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Best wishes and a peaceful puffing weekend 🙂


10th Festival del Habanos

Just arrived back from the 10th Festival del Habanos which perhaps should be called ” the biggest cigar party in the world ! “


Whilst most countries have awful anti smoking laws,Cuba is simply heaven for the cigar aficionado as one can enjoy a Puros just about anywhere and everywhere.


The Festival is the perfect opportunity to meet friends,suppliers and clients from all over the world in the Mecca for Havanas and this is the 9th time that I have been privileged to attend and do so.


At the trade convention I caught a glimpse of the Romeo replica humidor due out later this year ..stunning,can’t wait for these to be available.The Romeo Replica follows the Partagas and Upmann Replicas from the last 2 years. These are truly stunning collectors items ( only 200 of each made) and contain cigars of the highest quality in terms of blending,construction and appearance.


The Montecristo  B Compay Segundo limited edition humidor was available briefly in Havana and sold out immediately. This is sure to sky rocket in value as did the Montecristo Company 95th anniversary humidor.


The opening night gift was a splendid varnished wooden case containing a Hoyo Epicure Especial and H Upmann Magnum 50 both of which are being re-released in 2008 and the Gala dinner gift was a breath taking black varnished case containing 10 specially double banded cigars.


The Gala dinner was a slick affair that lasted till past 1 a.m. and was attended by importers,distributors,retailers and aficionados.We were treated to non stop entertainment from singers and dancers throughout the evening. We smoked Trinidad,San Cristobal and Cohibas throughout the evening accompanied by some of the finest Cuban rums.


Habanos awards were given out and special awards went to Don Alejandro Robaina as well as Simon Chase in recognition for his incredible work over the 10 Festivals. I had the honour of sitting next to Simon and being a guest of Hunters and Frankau for the evening.My thanks to Hunters and Frankau for the invitation


I’ll put photos of the auction Lots on the website in the next 24 hours. They were quite spectacular  with the exception of a rather strange Romeo humidor which had two roosters on the top! Who am I to judge !:-)Jemma Freeman tells me she loves that humidor !


The auction raises money for the Cuban national Health Service and it was a great success raising some 960,000 Euros. The final lot containing 700 cigars sold to Imperial Tobacco for 260,000 Euros.


My friends and I smoked custom blend double piramides rolled last November for me by Yolanda and we were not disappointed ( well Christoph was with one cigar but he’s always complaining!) Full flavour,full strength,smooth and complex…the perfect breakfast smoke;-)


I gifted out many Por Larranaga Magnificos to friends which were well received and hopefully enjoyed in Havana where cigars always seem to taste “better” must be a combination of the mood and the location.


We did a comparative taste test on 5 regional editions and the consensus of best to worst went like this:


1 -Por Larranaga Magnificos


2 -Vegas Robaina Maestro


3 -El Rey del Mundo Vikingos


4 -Ramon Allones gran robusto ( cabinet selection version)


5- Juan Lopez Obus


That said the lowest scoring Juan Lopez still got a 92 rating. I think it just proves that Habanos simply make the most outstanding cigars in the world and it still truly is a unique combination of sun,soil and skill that can not be replicated in any other country.


My buddy Craig was enjoying his first trip to Havana so we took him on a walking tour of all the old haunts La Bodeguita del Medio…for a Mojito,and Floridita for a Daiquiri ( or 3 ! ) Ambos Mundos hotel to see Hemmingway’s bedroom and the roof terrace to take in some great views of Havana,El Morro castle…always impressive and a few great cigar shops including my favourite “Robaina shop” at the Melia Habana where manager Manuel always assures a warm welcome,Partagas factory which is probably the best place to meet all the “usual suspects” in Havana:-) and Villa Nueva which is fast becoming a favourite due to the excellent roller there who seem to be able to craft any shape and size cigar you can think of.


Prado Neptuno is still my favourite spot for dinner even though it seems  funny eating Italian in Havana! Talking of Italians….always lovely to see Salvatore Parisi and thanks to Valerio for a lovely evening at his home in Havana.


I’ll pop some trip photos on the website as soon as I get over my jet lag:-)





Checkout pictures to go with my Havana blog from the 10th Festival Del Habanos