I’m outta here!

Ok enough of the dismal weather (yes I know the weekend was nice but why do Mondays have to be so cloudy?!) I’m packing up my DuPont Extend and trusty Palio cutter and off to the sunshine for a few weeks serious herfing with clients and friends 🙂

The new limited editions seem to be a resounding success and personally I love the Upmann followed closely by the Bolivar but I can’t wait for the launch of the UK 2009 exclusive regional edition El Rey Del Mundo Choix de L’Epoque (literally Choice of the age) which we expect to see by mid September if all goes to plan and that’s a great birthday present for me!

The El Rey is presented in dress boxes of 25 cigars and the cigars measures 4 1/3″ and 52 ring gauge which is a fabulous size for when time is short and you want a big burst of El Rey flavour.

No update on the UK regional Juan Lopez Seleccion Suprema yet and I’m doubtful that we will even see its release till 2010. Oh well… something to look forward to.

Peaceful puffing and saludos!


New limited edition Havanas are hot!

At last the new 2009 Limited edition cigars have been released and are available for purchase by the box, singles or a sampler (sort of try before you buy the whole box!) buy mail order or at any of our retail outlets

Bolivar Petit Belicosos Limited Edition 2009 – Box of 25
Flavour: Full
Length: 5″ (125 mm)
Ring Gauge: 52 ring gauge
Packaging: Box of 25

Tasting Notes: This brand is presented within the Limited Edition for the first time. One of the most full bodied Habanos that boasts an unrivalled richness of flavour that makes it one of the most sought-after brands amongst experienced smokers. The Edición Limitada distinguishes itself for the careful selection of two-year aged selected tobacco leaves (wrapper, binder and filler) which turns this product into something very special


H.Upmann Magnum 48 Limited Edition 2009 – Cab 25

Flavour: Light to Medium
Length: 4 3/8″ (110mm)
Ring Gauge: 48 ring gauge
Packaging: Cabinet of 25

Tasting Notes: Always regarded as a light to medium-flavoured smoke, this cigar stands out for its smooth flavour and delicate aroma. The Edición Limitada distinguishes itself for the careful selection of two-year aged selected tobacco leaves (wrapper, binder and filler) which turns this product into something very special


Romeo y Julieta Duke Limited Edition 2009 – Box of 10

Flavour: Medium
Length: 5 1/2″ (140 mm)
Ring Gauge: 54 ring gauge
Packaging: Box of 10

Tasting Notes: This new size will be delighting the senses of the true Habanos lovers in a delicate combination of passion and excellence. The Edición Limitada distinguishes itself for the careful selection of two-year aged selected tobacco leaves (wrapper, binder and filler) which turns this product into something very special


So we have our allocation but it’s small so best to order early to avoid disappointment. English Market Selection and the most splendid wrapper you will ever set your eyes on:-)

Made from specially selected tobacco leaf aged a minimum of 2 years,these Puros are sure to please even the most discerning cigar smoker.

Saludos from sunny London


Summer? when does that start?!

Good grief, it’s another cloudy weekend, what a surprise… not

Well at least that gives me the opportunity to type my blog in the garden on my laptop whilst enjoying one of my favourite Bolivar Belicosos with a rather tasty bottle or rose Sancerre, light and fruity and very refreshing with the BBF.

Were you one of the lucky buyers of the limited edition Por Larranaga Magnificos humidors ? Well lucky you as they are truly beautiful and the cigars are first rate. Our humidors were signed by Jemma Freeman and Simon Chase of Hunters and Frankau adding a touch more collectible value 😉

I was looking at prices of Por Larranaga Magnums from the 70’s the other day and noted that they sold around 10 years ago for £10,000 per cabinet of 50 cigars (or £5,000 for 25 cigar cabinets) so I offered a friend of mine who has a few cabinets of 50 stashed in his humidor £20,000 for one. Needless to say he flatly refused my opportunist offer.

So I reckon that whilst Bank of England base rate is 0.5% I can’t go wrong tucking more of my money away in the best Havana cigars and with that in mind I have stashed 5 more of the delightful Por Larranaga humidors into our Directors Reserve joining many other goodies that have been maturing for some years.

I’m also stashing UK 2008 regional edition Punch Serie D’Oro no.1 as I truly think this is one of the best cigars I have smoked in the last 10 years. Full bodied so not for the novice. This is a complex blend that has a kaleidoscope of flavours to tantalize even the most sophisticated palate.

I can’t wait for September as we expect the 2009 UK Regional El Rey Del Mundo Choix de L’Epoque to be released. This petit Edmundo sized cigar will be presented in dress box of 25 cigars. I think we will be waiting till next year for the other 2009 UK regional Juan Lopez Seleccion Suprema unfortunately

Also due out next month 2009 Limited Editions and Trinidad Robusto “T” I think I better take a vacation now as September looks like one busy month!

Have a great weekend

Peaceful puffing


EMS… Simply the best :-)

Does it get any better than English Market Selection? I think not, and I should know as I have been smoking my way around the world for a long long time 🙂

I was discussing this with Jemma Freeman (Managing Director of Hunters and Frankau) yesterday when she visited our London offices for a smoke and a chat. We enjoyed the UK regional Punch Serie D’Oro no.1 and agreed that it is a superb cigar.

We’re looking forward to the next UK regional El Rey Del Mundo which we hope will make an appearance on September the 10th if all goes to plan at a launch part that Hunters are planning 🙂

I spent some time at our fabulous La Casa del Habano in Hamburg on Wednesday and as ever Christophs Club was in full swing with a load of our regular clients enjoying some great smokes with some great drinks including a bottle of 1925 Armagnac which was… sublime (thank you Hans)

Last weekend I was in hot hot hot Marbella visiting clients and friends, no time to hunt around for cigars but I am happy to confirm that UK regional La Gloria Cubana Gloriosos work very well a jug or two of Sangria 🙂

Bolivar Especiales No.2 Regional Edition Germany – box of 25.
This is a fantastic cigar – and it is the first THIN ring gauge cigar from any of the Regional Editions released. It measures 38 ring by 192mm and comes in traditional dress CABINETS – and the cigars are wrapped in aluminium paper inside the cabinet.

Lots of exciting new Havana cigars planned for release next year but I am sworn to secrecy….. for now. But as soon as we are able to bring you the details, you will read it here first!

Have a great weekend

Peaceful puffing