Merry Christmas!

CzfyCU3XUAA4JOPThe 4th annual  Snow Queen Cigar Smoker of The Year Awards event at Boisdale Canary Wharf was possibly the best one we have ever been involved in. I don’t know how Ranald and the Boisdale Team can possibly make this event better every year but somehow they do.

C.Gars are proud to be co-sponsors and we had a rather huge table of friends who enjoyed the best food, wine, (cigars of course!) and entertainment possible. Kelsey Grammer won the cigars smoker of the year award with Charlie Sheen as runner up and Andrew Neil was the winner of the lifetime achievement award. The award winners all made splendid thank you speeches but Charlie Sheen’s can only be described as hysterically funny.

The full list of nominees and award winners.

The Snow Queen Cigar Smoker of the Year 2016 Nominees15390650_1167709423349362_2754392487116356766_n

Winner: Kelsey Grammer

  1. Charlie Sheen
  2. Boris Becker
  3. Jeremy Irons
  4. Sir Terence Conran
  5. Calum Best

The Snow Queen Cigar Writer of the Year Nominees

Winner: Nic Wing

The Cigar Terrace or Cigar Lounge of the Year Nominees

Winner: The Churchill at Hyatt Regency London

  1. The Edward Sahakian Cigar Lounge at The Bulgari
  2. Cigars at No. Ten at Ten Manchester Street
  3. The Garden Lounge at Corinthia

The Cigar Retailer of the Year Nominees

Winner: My Smoking Shop

  1. Davidoff of London
  2. Birley Cigars
  3. Sautter Cigars
  4. Turmeaus, Chester

The Cigar Producer of the Year Nominees

Winner: Habanos S.A

  1. Inka – Secret Blend
  2. Arturo Fuente
  3. Padrón
  4. Alec Bradley
  5. Davidoff
  6. Dunhill

The Snow Queen Cigar of the Year Nominees

Winner: Joya De Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial Doble Robusto

  1. Macanudo Inspirado Robusto
  2. Partagas Serie D No. 6, Habanos

15400519_1167709440016027_283247713483995059_nThe Snow Queen Cigar Lifetime Achievement Award Nominees

Winner: Andrew Neil

  1. Stephen Evans
  2. Alan Greenspan
  3. Sir Terence Conran

Continuing on the Boisdale theme and wrapping up my pre-Christmas herfing, Karyn and I popped into The Lanesborough for a pre supper herf (Montecristo 80th anniversary/very nice indeed) and then checked out the new and very very cool Boisdale in Mayfair. At least as good as all the other fabulous Boisdale restaurants!… and cigar friendly of course 🙂 Highly recommended.

I had a brilliant week up North at La Casa del Habano – Chester and Turmeaus cigar and whisky shops in Liverpool, Knutsford and Chester. My assistant Roy and I zoomed between the 3 locations in our rather loudly liveried C.Gars vehicle. Call me bias but I honestly think we have the best cigar shops in the UK. All licenced for alcohol sales both on and off the premises and all featuring super comfortable cigar sampling lounges. Did I mention that we have the largest range of premium cigars in the country? 🙂

I’m wrapping up the week working at Turmeaus- Mayfair and looking forward to a few days kicking back with friends and family this weekend. I have a baggie stuffed with:

Davidoff Chateau Haut Brion – My favourite Cuban Davidoff cigar!

Trinidad Topes – My favourite limited edition cigar in years.

Montecristo 80th Anniversary – Just WOW!

Juan Lopez Seleccion Superba – Another winner for the UK market.

Oliva Orchant Seleccion Chubby – My favourite Nicaraguan cigar.

Inka – Secret Blend Robusto – With some of our NEW Secret Blend Peruvian chocolate!

… and a bottle each of Dom Perignon and Pol Roger Sir Winston kindly gifted by friends.

Last minute holiday gifts available from all of my shops today and tomorrow 🙂 and C.Gars is of course online throughout the holiday weekend for any queries or advice

Wishing all of our customers, suppliers and of course my fabulous C.Gars and Turmeaus Team a very merry Christmas/Happy Chanukah!

Peaceful puffing,


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