Superb tasting evening last Monday at Robert Graham – Cambridge. It was yet again a totally sold out event, packed with attendees both upstairs where we had Arlety rolling fresh cigars and downstairs where we sampled some great cigars and whisky in the tasting lounge. Even the outside armchairs were filled with customers herfing away on a very, very warm Summers evening 🙂
Arlety Alemany Azcuí originally learnt to roll cigars in some of the smaller factories of Pinar del Rio, the province where she was born. She then moved to Havana and began working in the Romeo y Julieta factory, where she remained for nine years. However, she then transferred to the H. Upmann factory where she has been for the past three years and where she is still located today. She specialises in rolling large format cigars such as Prominentes, Gran Coronas & Julieta No. 2s and has also spent time teaching trainee torcedors in training school.
The evening kicked off with a delicious, snack-sized H. Upmann Half Corona: Don’t underestimate these shorties as they punch above their weight for their size. Lovely creamy flavours with a hint of spice towards the end. If you haven’t got much time to enjoy a larger cigar, these are a great alternative!
To accompany the first cigar was a dram of Cearban, a blended scotch whisky exclusively bottled by Robert Graham. Needless to say, the sample bottles were very quickly polished off!
The Punch is a beautifully crafted cigar that did not disappoint, cool easy draw, medium to full strength and delicious medium sweet flavours throughout. I am not a huge fan of many of the previous limited editions and I don’t particularly enjoy maduros but this was an exception. The blend is a true Punch blend of merit and the cigar is highly recommended.
The Glenallachie is a very powerful whisky, from the first sip you get a huge explosion of flavours on the palate that linger on the tongue with a superb long finish – this one will be a huge success.
Throughout the night fresh cigars were being rolled and were available to buy, I haven’t smoked my one yet but I’m sure it will be very enjoyable! If you’ve never tried a fresh cigar, they’re worth a go, very unique.
My thanks to Arlety of course as well as Jimmy (sporting a new bearded look!) and Tim from Hunters & Frankau. Great to see many regular and new customers enjoying the evening and a great pleasure to have James and Michael from C.Gars Ltd – Norfolk office assisting Cailin and his Cambridge Robert Graham Team for the evening.
Just released another few cracking and unbeatable offers (as ever whilst stocks last) Firstly a mixed box of 25 Saint Luis Rey Serie A and Regios at a ridiculous new price of just £222 which equates to a measly £8.88 a stick. What a bargain, better hurry though as we have only allocated a few hundred boxes!
May as well face the fact – no one can touch us on service or price in the UK. If I’m wrong my personal promise to our customers is that we will gladly price match any bona fide cigar shop in the UK.
So I’m wrapping up on Wednesday for our New Year holiday and looking forward to kicking back for a few days with some great smokes. Especially looking forward to my baggie filled with 2002 El Rey del Mundo Tainos and 2007 Bolivar Belicosos Orchant Seleccion. Always English Market Selection of course.
On Sunday I’ll be heading over to our Robert Graham Edinburgh shops and Monday onwards I’ll be at our new Robert Graham Glasgow shop for a few days. Can’t wait to see it 🙂 (I’m always the last to see our new shops!) pop in and sample a dram with me.
Oh and finally, happy anniversary to my Co-Director and wife, Karyn!
… And finally, finally, congratulations to my daughter Tasha for getting such fabulous grades in her GCSE’s! (Tasha is now officially C.Gars French & Spanish interpreter and translator!)