1A St. James’s is also in the awards this year, having gained the ‘The Cigar Retailer of the Year’. UK cigar expert Robert Emery leads the team at 1A St James’s. Commenting on the award Robert said: “We were in some highly esteemed company, our fellow nominees represent the very best in cigar retailing in the UK. This makes it all the more significant for us that our plans for delivering a different style of service for today’s cigar and tobacco lovers have been appreciated.” 1A St James’s offers sought-after and newly discovered cigars and is the place to explore the world of fine and classic tobacco taste with the help of a knowledgeable team. In this ethos, the store hosts events, where for example, cigars can be paired with adventurous spirits and wines.
Laurence Davis wins the 2015 Silver Chaveta trophy for his outstanding contribution to the UK fine cigar trade including Habanos sales, promotion of Habanos, presentation, innovation and investment. Laurence has been running Sautter of Mayfair since 2006 and has installed a row of refurbished seats from the Royal Albert Hall into the shop. He can be found on many a weekend afternoon, perched on a high stool on the other side of the counter, chatting with friends and customers over fine Cuban cigars.
Sautter Cigars is one of the premium brands forming the Quintessentially Wine and Gentleman's Atelier at Skinners' Hall later in the month. For more details visit their shops in Mayfair or Knightsbridge.
I thought I'd provide a few notes on travelling to the USA. There's been press this year about the relaxation of the restrictions on Cuban cigars. However this ONLY applies to visitors travelling directly from Cuba who are bringing the cigars for their own consumption. So it's best to make sure that any cigars you bring from the UK are not identified as cuban. See U.S. Customs and Border Protection - personal use and U.S. Customs and Border Protection - Importing Cuban Cigars
Purchasing Cuban-origin cigars and/or Cuban-origin rum or other Cuban-origin alcohol over the internet or while in a third country (i.e. not Cuba) remains prohibited.
Voltaire has been open for a few years and has been running cigar evenings for quite some time too. It's skipped my attention as it's in a part of London that I don't visit often, just opposite Blackfriars station. I was looking for a place to meet some friends on a Friday evening so thought I'd see what they had to offer. There's a large bar area with friendly staff and a large humidor, and we encamped in one of their vaults for the evening.
I smoked some Hoyo De Monterrey Epicure No. 2 which were in good condition and smoked well. The vaults have previously been used to house prisoners and bank treasures but they are very comfortable now and we had a most enjoyable evening.
Our reporter gives his thought on Marseille from earlier in the year.
The smell of a cigar can be wonderful as can the taste of the smoke. However, the smell of a stale cigar left in the ashtray overnight is not so pleasing.
Sautter's of Mayfair have a great solution in the form of two different candles that eliminate the smell of stale cigar smoke. The candles come with a choice of a masculine Tobacco & Leather or the warm aroma of Nutmeg and Ginger.
"The Cigar That Fell In Love With A Pipe" is a graphic novel from bestselling French author David Camus and award winning illustrator Nick Abadzis. The story contrasts the lives of Hollywood’s Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles, with the tragic life of the cigar roller Conchita Marquez. Available in all good bookshops and online and published by SelfMadeHero. SelfMadeHero aims to publish works that provoke, entertain,
inspire, and inform through the medium of the graphic novel.
The Bingham Boutique Hotel and Restaurant by Richmond Bridge is running a Colombian Rum & Gin Dinner on Fri 27 June 2014 with Columbian distiller Dictador. Chef Mark Jarvis has crafted a 5 course meal where each dish complements a flavourful aged gin or a smooth aged rum. The meal will be concluded with a Dictador premium cigar to enjoy on the Garden terrace with a glass of Dictador 12 year Solera System rum. Price is £95 per person. To book call 020 8940 0902.
The Casino at the Empire are running Cigar and Rum tasting events at their Icon Balcony Bar, launching April 16th. The bar has a stunning terrace that overlooks Leicester Square, it is very relaxed and makes for the perfect space to enjoy fine cigars.
The cigar seminar is hosted by Hunters & Frankau and will feature a limited edition Cuban cigar, carefully paired with aged Havana Rum presented by Havana Rum Experts. The evening starts at 6:30pm and costs £15 for members and £25 for non members. To book contact Candice at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cigars face extinction in Britain by 2026 states Gavin Jackson from the FT. In a slightly confusing article Gavin looks at the trends of sales for machine made, premium and "miniature" cigars. In an article from 2012 on premium brands Mark Wembridge comments on a 10% year-on-year increase in these brands. Some new Montecristo miniature cigars were launched last year and Imperial Tobacco seem optimistic that this is a growth area. Given that premium and miniature cigars are on the up it seems that just the larger machine made cigars are having a significant decline which in my opinion is not a bad thing.
The secret world of cigar lovers By Anastasia Anashkina @CNNMoney
Segar & Snuff Parlour and Alec Bradley Cigar Evening - Monday 10th June 2013 at Davy's Wine Vaults - Greenwich
November 26th 2012 Winter Cigar Auction to be held at Boisdale Canary Wharf. A selection of rare and vintage cigars will be on auction.
Studio Winds Co.,Ltd from Japan has developed a unique cigar candle, it looks and smells like a cigar and even has the same burn time as a cigar of that size. Initial production is limited to 1000 candles so you need to get your orders in quickly if you want one for Christmas.
The trade group Association of Independent Tobacco Specialists is standing up against the "standardised packaging" for cigars and pipe tobacco. Their main grounds for complaint is that currently cigar boxes have a series of seals from the supplier and the Cuban government and these will be removed meaning that counterfeiting is more likely. They also make the point that no children actually smoke cigars so are unlikely to be influenced by such branding. If you want voice your own concerns then they have a petition to sign.
From a recycling point of view this is likely to lead to more boxes being thrown away as there are lots of uses for used cigar boxes and tobacco tins and many pipe and hand rolled tobacco rollers already have a custom tin.
In April 2012 the "Voice of Russia" radio in London discussed the proposed changes to tobacco packaging to turn colourful packaging and branding into uniform packaging with larger health warnings. A panel comprising of representatives from ASH, Hands off our packs, the Institute of Ecconomic affairs and author Christopher Snowdon joined Juliet Spare to discuss this emotive topic.
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