Do you follow me/us on Facebook? If not, you really should, particularly as it gave me the best laugh of the year last week 🙂 and dear blog reader… Let me tell you why!… My wife and co-director of C.Gars Ltd, Karyn posted a photo of her and I holding a baby with the caption ‘Welcome to the newest arrival in our family’ and we literally received 100’s of emails and FB messages from friends and clients congratulating us on our new baby and lots of surprise that no one knew we were having a baby.
We even had someone emailing to ask how difficult it was for us to adopt a baby at our old age! Of course we never said it was our baby!!! So to put the record straight for the 100th time this week – Mazal tov (Congratulations) to our nephew and niece Gabriel and Verity on the birth of their very beautiful baby daughter ‘Ava’.
I mean come on – Can you imagine me having another kid? (I’m allergic to children!) Good grief!! I’m looking forward to having a celebratory Dunhill or two with my Father and Nephew in the very near future 🙂
Cigar Auctioneer Brian Ebbesen and I zoomed over to Geneva for a super long days business meeting on Monday. The SqeezyJet was delightfully comfortable providing you don’t have arms or legs but was at least on time. We didn’t manage to visit any of the lovely Geneva cigar shops but we did sneak a crafty Cohiba piramides Extra smoke at the Kempinski hotel in sub-zero temperatures (Brrrr) as well as a Davidoff Ch Latour from ’89 at the smoking lounge at Geneva airport (Courtesy of JT tobacco) bravo Geneva airport where common sense has prevailed.
Tuesday evening and Karyn and I had a little time to kill after we closed the office so we zoomed over to the cigar terrace at the Lanseborough which was rather full of cigars smokers. We have an amazing range of cigar friendly establishments in London now but the Lanesborough was the choice as they serve the best smoked salmon in the world! (Ever thinking of my stomach!!) so over a few glasses of Tatinger Rose and 2 Cohiba Behike ( a 54 and a 56) as well as the usual brilliant service from Davide and Mateo, we had a most relaxing herfette.
The Lanesborough has a super range of limited edition and vintage Havana cigars. I spotted Davidoff, Dunhill selection, Gran Reserva and Cohiba Behike 40th anniversary to name a few. Great place to herf in London – Always highly recommended.
Inka – Secret Blend cigars from Peru have arrived and will be back in store and online early next week. Our hugely successful Bombaso maduro has been imported in substantial quantity so hopefully we won’t stock out again. (Popularity of this cigars certainly took me by surprise!)
Torano’s have been the big success story of the last week and clearly the blends in this range and the keen pricing have hit the spot with our friends. Checkout the Torano range here, boxes, singles and samplers. If you haven’t tried them yet, you really won’t be disappointed when you do.
Co-Director Laura and I are working tirelessly on our website redesign and hope to have it online in the next month. Since our business was established our website designs have always been created in house which we are suitably proud of. As Laura and I are getting so terribly old now, we rely on young James in our IT Team to guide us through all the latest design innovations and we are looking forward to our friends comments when we go live.
I’m getting ready to head to Havana for the Festival next week and looking forward to trying out the latest Havana cigars planned for this year’s release. I’m staying at the Hotel Nacional as usual and looking forward to catching up with fellow cigar smokers from all over the world, as we do every year. My friend Amir is launching his phenomenal if not breath-taking ‘Partagas – The book’ an incredible journey through the history of Partagas with outstanding photography and information about the factory, the brand, the owners and… Everything Partagas.
Vintage Cigar Auction? (Loads of clients are asking!) Yes yes – Absolutely, we are planning our next (Summer) auction but have not set the date yet although it is likely to be sooner rather than later so if you wish to enter Lots… Get them in fast as we are planning to make this our biggest auction ever if not the biggest in cigar auction history! Email enquiries to Auctions@cgarsltd.co.uk