Just back from the Costa del Sol in Spain which has now officially been renamed by me to ‘Costa del rain ‘ after 7 out of 10 very rainy days of vacation. In fact I’m pleased to get back to sunny London. ( rare for me as I spend half the year out of London in sunnier climates!)
Not to worry I stayed in a delightful Crowne Plaza hotel and met a very nice crowd of folks who when told I was a cigar merchant gave the usual response of ‘ do people still smoke cigars? ‘ to which I smugly give my standard reply of ‘ well around 16,000 on my database do, thankfully !.
Then I make the usual error and say I’m also a whisky merchant which perks them up ( more people like whisky than cigars ) and I usually get a barrage of questions with no hope of answering as I only drink the Scotch whilst my Partner Ron is the expert. ( and he’s sunning himself in Florida so he’s no use to me in rainy Spainy!)
So I spent rainy days in Spain smoking my way through a large baggie with a daily rotation of:
El Rey del Mundo Demi Tasse
H Upmann corona junior untubed ( silly name,I always preferred ‘Petit Upmann’)
Bolivar Belicosos Finos
Montecristo Edmundo or no.2
Just back in time for the Royal wedding and I’ll be smoking Bolivar Royal Coronas http://www.cgarsltd.co.uk/bolivar-royal-coronas-royal-wedding-orchant-seleccion-p-9807.html whilst watching on TV of course.
Orders have been at record levels no doubt due to the great weather, bank holiday weekends and Royal wedding street parties J and I have no idea how my London sales Team have actually coped while our humidor and ground floor at Kingsgate are midst complete redevelopment ( note: I was in Spain during the major disruption/ I am no fool!) but coped we have done, with orders being zoomed out at the usual crazy pace from our other building in Kingsgate as well as Norfolk warehouse and our shops doing their bit too. Well done C.Gars Ltd and Robert Graham Ltd Teams- that must be the hardest week in the year so far.
The good news is that we now have a floor, a ceiling, lighting, air conditioning, client lockers and half of the humidor built and with any luck the builders will hand over the completed building to us on Tuesday ready to be restocked with one of the largest stocks in the country and I’m pretty certain the best vintage cigars stock in the country J
I’ll post up some photos on my next blog if all goes to plan.
Next week I start cataloguing auction entries for July 4th sale at Boisdale Canary Wharf. Many interesting Lots arriving daily from mature bargain (potentially) priced Havanas to incredible pre embargo and limited editions. I’m looking forward to the event which starts off with a whisky tasting before the auction and ends with an exclusive dinner in the restaurant with a concert by Manolo and the Gypsies. Great cigars, drinks and dinner- not sure anyone could ask for more J email if you would like more details firstname.lastname@example.org
Ok so I’m off to put the Royal bunting up round the humidor J and smoke another Punch Serie D’Oro no.1 before we sell out of them !
Have a great weekend.