Burns Night Herfing

Actually this was a very heavy weeks herfing! Starting off with a Sunday evening herf at Ten Manchester street with friends for dinner drinks and some outstanding Cohiba Behike 52’s which just seem to taste better to me all the time. Ten Manchester street is a delightful cigar friendly boutique hotel that has one of the loveliest cigar terraces and best of all – it’s warm ! Rather important with the lousy cold weather in London this week. Great food, improved service, good wine and scotch list and a well stocked humidor – who could ask for more? Well a little background music for ambience would do no harm, perhaps they will add that at some stage. Anyway this venue is near my office so it’s fast becoming a firm favourite and regular herfing location and it’s nice to bump into friends that I recommended too (Hi Theo!)

Our annual Burns Night herf was rather oversubscribed with around 15 of the regular crowd including Gordon (happy birthday!) Craig, Vimal from Burlington Bertie cigar merchants, Tillman – our photographer from Hamburg, Mark Blount- famous basketball star!, Chris, Mike Mirecki from Cuba Welcome travel, James Leavey to name a few, meeting up at Boisdale Belgravia on Monday evening for smokes on the Terrace and Haggis in the restaurant !… all to the sounds of a piper who somehow always seemed to end up playing right in my ear ! Boisdale was heaving busy as ever and always has a great atmosphere and great service. I went through some regular production Monte 2’s which are currently smoking to perfection.

Tuesday and it was back to Ten Manchester street to meet some friends who had come over from Japan (see photo’s) drinks and smokes on the terrace- this time I was back to Punch Serie D’Oro no.1 UK regional edition and it was the bomb! Incredible blend that will keep improving for years and years.

The Tuesday evening herf was at the lovely Lanesborough Hotel cigar terrace. To be honest it doesn’t get much better in terms of service and comfort – just the best of the best. I love it! 5 friends herfing 2007 Bolivar Belicosos – has to be the best vintage for this cigar.

To cap the week of herfing off – lunch at Boisdale yesterday- perfect. Smokes on the terrace and yes I went back to BHK52’s …..whattttta week!

So some people are still asking me what’s a herf ? well here’s the answer !

Looks like January has more or less flown by and it’s been our best January in history – well done to my Sales Team. Next week I’m off to Scotland to check out our cigar stores and sample some of our latest independent whisky bottling’s in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Next month I’m looking forward to moving into our new modern cigar shop in Liverpool as well as going to Havana for the Festival… it’s going to be a busy month !

Have a smokey weekend

Peaceful puffing

Mitchell