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Setting up your Humidor

Havana cigars mature like fine wines, in fact they will continue to improve for up to their first 15 years and in many cases much longer, but they do need a little basic care.

The humidifier in your humidor should be topped up with either humidification solution or distilled water (available from most petrol stations). Humidification solution is a mixture of distilled water, polyglycol and a mould inhibiter and will guarantee that your humidor is kept at 70% relative humidity (+/- 2%).

Try to site your humidor in a location with a temperature, which never exceeds 70°F. The temperature range you are aiming for is between 66°F and 70°F. The relative humidity that you are aiming for is ideally 67–70%. You should be able to use the humidor as soon as you add the water to the humidifier, there is no need to wait a few days.

To test the condition of your cigars, press with the pad of your thumb just below the band of the cigar. The cigar should feel firm but springy if it is in good condition; if it feels hard and brittle then the cigar is under humidified. If it feels soft and spongy, then the cigar is over humidified.

Havana cigars need fresh air! Be sure to open your humidor periodically and be sure to rotate the cigars, i.e, if you are not smoking regularly, at the end of each week put the cigars from the bottom layer of the humidor to the top layer of the humidor and so on.

>View our PDF Humidor Set Up and Care Instructions here.

Filling the Humidifier
– Fill a cereal/soup bowl with distilled water or humidification solution.
– Immerse the humidifier into the bowl until it soaks up the maximum amount of water/solution.
– Remove humidifier. Wipe/shake off any access water/solution.
– Place humidifier back in your humidor.
– You can re-use any access solution to top up the humidifier when needed.
– Simply store it back in the original bottle.

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To age or not to age… that is the question!

‘ To age or not to age’ … that is the question ! ( with thanks to our friend Reuven Zasler for this article)

Aside from my own hands-on experience concerning the topic of ageing, as well as the positive experience of other enthusiasts, there exits a body of literature, albeit quite small and chiefly confined to certain websites, which deals with this subject. The various writers agree – almost unanimously – as to the benefits of “long-term” ageing. Only one expert seems to dissent: Mr. Sebastian Zimmel, the “Cigar Doctor” of the excellent European Cigar Cult Journal which is published in English and German and appears every three months. Mr. Zimmel, who answers readers’ questions, has twice, within the past year or so, claimed that cigars cannot age like wines, and are best smoked when they are “fresh.” Such claims obviously aroused the curiosity of not a few subscribers, including yours truly, for Mr. Zimmel saw fit to clarify his position. Unfortunately, his “clarification” turned out to be gross distortion of his original statements.

On the other side of the ageing-issue spectrum stand connoisseurs of unimpeachable authority such as Min Ron Nee and Vahe Gerard. Mr. Gerard, for those who may not know, owns and operates the very distinguished cigar enterprise Gerard Pere et Fils (as well as its website) and was chosen “Man of the Year” in Habanos merchandising by Habanos S.A. at its recent Habanos Festival. Additionally, he has authored several aesthetically pleasing books on cigars, and is one of only two authorized purveyors of Habanos since the legendary Alfred Dunhill and Zino Davidoff (the other being Christopher Wolters) who has been permitted to offer for sale custom-brand Habanos. Mr. Gerard is mentioned in this writing since a significant portion of his considerable income is earned by aging premium cigars for his well-heeled clients.

Mr. Min Ron Nee, a renowned Hong Kong collector and connoisseur, unequivocally states his views on the ageing process on pages 6-11 of his widely celebrated “An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Post-Revolution Havana Cigars.” I am quite convinced that were it not for Mr. Nee’s shining modesty and self-depreciation, he would challenge Mr. Zimmel to a duel.

Pre-Ageing 101: Balancing Act
Immediately upon bringing home newly-purchased cigars, one should gingerly transfer them to a well-regulated humidor and leave them entirely unperturbed for a period of two to four weeks. l believe this practice is applicable even to cigars which have been aged prior to acquisition, inasmuch as the change in climate, namely, temperature, relative humidity and proximity to other cigars, is liable to destabilize the chemical balance within the tobacco leaves, resulting in less than optimal enjoyment if the cigars are smoked in such a condition.

Pre-Ageing 102: Preparing Cinderella for the Ball
It is no secret that tobacco leaves that are destined to comprise cigars need to be cured, that is, dehydrated, after harvesting. The curing process alters the leaves’ colour from green to golden brown, but its chief purpose is to rid them of their sap, which contains bitter tannins.

Having been cured, the leaves are then subjected to two (or three, in the case of leaves which will constitute the Cohiba vitolas) fermentations, the objective of which is to remove the remaining sap and initiate a chemical change which destroys the nicotine therein but leaves behind important oils which are not merely benign, but have a very beneficial effect on the cigar’s aesthetic potential to deliver a pleasing bouquet and flavour. Unfortunately, there is also a downside to the fermentation processes, for in addition to purging the leaves of undesirable materials, they also create ammonia – the very same pungent substance used in powerful household cleaning fluids. This rather offensive by-product is once again created when, just prior to rolling, the fermented leaves are made pliable by moisturizing them so as to facilitate their manipulation.

Aged Pre Embargo Romeo y Julieta cigarsAnyone who has ever experienced tobacco fermentation first-hand, or has had the dubious “pleasure” of having to employ an abrasive cleaning agent, need not be convinced of the odious qualities of ammonia. Could anyone imagine tasting anything that smelled so atrocious? In point of fact, if you are one of those who has bemoaned the mediocre taste of young cigars – you indeed have, for the presence of lingering traces of ammonia is partly responsible for your predicament.

As indicated above, the manufacturers once stored their finished cigars long enough so that by the time the smoker lit up, all traces of ammonia had long been history. Sorrowfully, this stockpiling practice itself is now history. A final note concerning the riddance of ammonia: since exposing fresh cigars to air greatly hastens the elimination of this matter (as well as the short-term ageing process), it is highly recommended that one open the lids of one’s humidors at least once a day. This routine practice is, of course, also essential for checking humidor temperature and relative humidity, as well as for rotating the stored cigars, so there is a triple benefit in performing it.

Invitation to the wedding
The three types of tobacco leaves which constitute the filler – ligero, which bestows strength and flavour; volado, which ensures proper combustion and seco, which adds finesse and sophistication, need time to “marry.” In other words, they have got to blend if they are to furnish the taste and fragrance which characterize a premium cigar. This blending action is facilitated chiefly through the secretion of oils harboured by the leaves, which is brought about by properly regulated temperature and humidity within the humidor, and periodic exposure of the cigars to air (as previously indicated). The oils secreted by each tobacco type tend to migrate within the cigar and interact, thereby producing the blend. Further on in the ageing process, the blended oils migrate to other cigars in the vicinity (that is, inside the humidor), initiating an interaction of the blended oils. This phenomenon explains why it is unwise to age Cohiba Esplendidos alongside Partagas Lusitanias.

From Mellowness to Excellence
As a result of the amalgamation of the oils and hence the merging of the tobacco-leaf types, it can be said that the cigars in question have reached “maturity.” In this state, they will assuredly delight the senses, but they may not have peaked out yet. This is because cigar ageing is a continuous occurrence (assuming the cigar continues to receive proper maintenance) in which the tannins continue to decompose, thereby effecting a constant chemical change in the integrated filler tobaccos. This in turn will bring about a richer, more complex flavour, an even more agreeable aroma, and improved burning and drawing qualities.

Be that as it may, there are thorns amongst the roses: firstly, although ageing is indeed perpetual, it cannot perpetually improve a cigar, which will eventually peak out and then experience a gradual decline; secondly, although most hand-rolled cigars will improve with proper ageing, not all brands and vitolas will show significant improvement; thirdly, diverse brands and vitolas will peak out at the end of different durations of ageing; finally, different strokes for different folks: since taste is decidedly subjective, one smoker’s determination of “peak-out” may very well not be another’s. Nevertheless, certain generalizations can be made which are likely to be quite helpful to the enthusiast who wishes to establish personally ideal storage periods. First of all, in consideration of the relationship between the particular brand/vitola and storage duration, it may be generalized that the stronger the brand/vitola, the more slowly it ages, and hence the longer it needs to be aged so as to effect peak-out. It would follow, then, that a Bolivar Belicosos Finos would peak out after a much longer storage duration than would a Fonseca No. 1.

A generalization may also be made concerning the relationship between the cigar’s production date and the effect a certain period of ageing will have upon it: the more recent the date of manufacture, the greater the effect of ageing. For example, six months of ageing will markedly alter the traits of a recently produced cigar, whereas it will have a negligible impact on a twenty year old cigar.

A fly in the ointment
It was mentioned beforehand that exposing stored cigars to air accelerates their ageing, which would seem to be very desirable indeed, especially for those of us who possess less of the virtue of patience. Nonetheless, there is , of course, a catch: the oxygen in the air, whilst speeding things up, also has a negative impact on the quality of the ageing process, thus precipitating less beautiful and complete results. The only remedies for this, as you might guess, are 1) not to open the original packaging and humidor till the termination of the storage period, and 2) wait patiently with a stiff upper lip. You can’t have your cake and eat it.

Spooks, demons and goblins
Assuming he/she favours several cigar bands and vitolas, it would be truly advantageous for the cigar aficionado who wishes to scientifically determine all of their peak-out times to be a well-to-do masochist. The mental, financial and material resources required for such a venture would be vast indeed, so if you are somewhat less wealthy and anal, you will need to compromise and settle for a relatively less comprehensive plan of action.

Let us assume, for the sake of example, that one wishes to start from scratch and accumulate a decent collection of well-aged smokes. Initially, having procured a modest inventory of cigars, it would seem that one must cope with a vicious circle (or a Catch-22 or conundrum, if they sound less threatening): if one stores the cigars, they cannot be smoked; conversely, if one smokes the cigars, they cannot be stored.

There is, happily, a way out of the forest. One can begin amassing a modest store of aged cigars by setting aside a fixed percentage of newly purchased smokes, in accordance with one’s financial state and degree of self-restraint. This simple system will ensure a growing reserve of nicely aged cigars whilst guaranteeing a supply for the here and now. For each new “purchasing binge,” I would recommend the obtaining of two types of cigars: those that may be enjoyed even when relatively fresh, such as the Hoyo Epicure No. 2, and those which need at least a few months to mature minimally, such as the Partagas Serie P No. 2 or the Ramon Allones Belicosos.

Once the enthusiast has been stockpiling for, say, six months, he/she should now possess sufficient smokes for a monthly tasting which would be instrumental in ascertaining peak-out.

O Magnum Mysterium
Cigar maturation and ageing are phenomena which have by no means been thoroughly investigated and documented by the scientific community (or, for that matter, the cigar-smoking community), and, as such, remain shrouded in mystery and conjecture. Even so, there exists a body of useful information which has been compiled as the result of experience and trial and error. Cigar smokers who want to know what cigar smoking is really about should take the trouble of acquainting themselves with this data. They would do well to enable their sumptuous investments in pleasure to spread their wings and blossom, for ageing exceedingly enriches an already eminently delectable experience.

Best wishes

Reuven Zasler

How to cut and light a cigar?

How to cut and light a cigar, this is an art that will maximise enjoyment of your chosen smoke. Every Havana is made from three components; filler, binder and a wrapper leaf that is sealed at the cigar’s ‘head’ with a cap made from a piece of wrapper leaf.

To cut a Havana, you need to remove most of this cap with a single slicing movement across the shoulders of the cigar. A guillotine cutter or special scissors are best suited to the task. The bottom section of the cap should remain, as it secures the wrapper leaf and, therefore, the contents of your chosen cigar.

You may have heard talk of piercing the end of a Havana with a match to prepare it for smoking, but we don’t subscribe to this method, as it causes poor draw.

The main bone of contention is the band, the question of whether to remove it or not has probably been debated ever since cigars were first made. Most of the meticulous ‘banding’ of Havanas is done by women; the process apparently requires a feminine touch. The most sensible advice seems to be to remove the band only after the cigar has been alight for five minutes or so, by which time warmth will have made it easier to remove. Any earlier attempts at removal could quite easily damage the wrapper leaf.

This, it must be said, is quite justified. The wrapper (or Capa) comes from the Corojo plant, and costs more to produce than all the other tobaccos in a Havana. The wrapper is also most precious because it dresses the cigar, dictating its appearance.

Consider all this, and you will agree that even when the sensible 5 minute rule has been followed, you would still be advised to peel rather than pull off the band.

Our recommended brand of cigar cutter is Colibri, with Colibri, you’ll be assured that your cigars are prepared with a precise cut.

View our full range of Colibri Cutters here. 

Lighting your cigar
Quite unlike lighting a humble cigarette, the noble Havana is demanding, and requires more time and attention. The fatter the cigar, the longer it will take, because you must be sure to light the whole of the foot to avoid uneven burning. Cigars are also fussier in terms of the type of light used. Petrol lighters are to be avoided because their aromas interfere with that of the Havana’s tobacco. The best implements are the odourless flames of wooden matches (but let the head burn off first) and butane lighters.

Appropriate flame in hand, you should first char the end of your Havana to increase the chance of its even ignition. Once glowing, gently blow on it to make sure that it is burning evenly. Further increase its chances by rotating the Havana in your fingers whilst drawing the flame onto the cigar.

It is not unusual for a Havana to go out before its smoker has finished enjoying it! The many first time cigar smokers amongst us did wonder what we had done wrong and thought about abandoning our charred remains! But it is easy to reinstate full burn status with some gentle re-lighting, without even putting the cigar to your mouth. Clear the ash from the foot of the Havana and then heat it in a flame. If in doubt, we discovered, always re-light, because you will be disappointed if you try to smoke a Havana that has partly ‘died’. Oh, and one more point to remember don’t tap your Havana during smoking.

Reproduced with kind permission of Hunters & Frankau – December 2000
(Havana cigar importers with over 200 years experience)

Flying Dutch Cigars

Dutch cigars are popular all over the world. Each year around 2 billion Dutch cigars are exported to over 100 countries. Therefore Dutch cigars are the most exported cigars in the world. World-wide the Dutch cigar industry is the second largest cigar manufacturer.

Flying Dutch cigars have been blended to produce a sweet tangy smoking experience with a touch of spice and a cool easy draw. Made exclusively for C.Gars Ltd and created by Mr Orchant these cigars are perfect for cigars smokers looking for a decent smoking experience at a very reasonable price.

Packaged in ‘slip in the pocket’ handy packs, we believe our range of Dutch cigars are the best quality and value available in the UK. Only available from C.Gars Ltd online and Turmeaus specialist cigar shops in London – Mayfair, Chester, Liverpool , Knutsford and Norfolk. Each cigar has a unique blend of Sumatra, Java and Brazil tobacco. The Flying Dutch range of cigars are smooth and satisfying.

 Reviews

Flying Dutch Wilde Senoritas Cigar

Comes in a handy pack and is perfect for them quick outdoor smokes at the pub. Really nice aroma to it and well balanced flavours. there was nuttiness and hints of coffee, for the price this cigar is definitely worth picking up a couple of packs.

    ★★★★★

 Flying Dutch Corona Cigar

Amazing value for a tasty cigar. Subtle creamy coffee flavours a perfect mild to medium smoke. Really enjoyed it

 ★★★★★

New World Cigar of the Week

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Balmoral Anejo XO Petit Robusto

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Balmoral is the creation of Royal Agio’s 4th generation CEO, Boris Winterman who embodies the philosophy that relentless, passionate curiosity is essential to discovering and enjoying the best experiences in life. This philosophy has driven him to freely explore the globe in search of highest quality, select, exclusive tobacco that will ultimately combine to deliver a cigar experience unlike any other.

Balmoral Anejo XO cigars are the result of an intensive blending process with aged cigars combined with Balmorals exclusive, signature Brazilian Mata Norte.

XO stands for ‘Extra Old’, so each meticulously crafted and aged Balmoral Anejo XO cigar is crowned with a Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper that is aged on average for 10 years.

After blending the cigar it takes another 6 months in the San Pedro de Macoris factory in the Dominican Republic to marry all its flavours.

Tasting Notes
You will note the brownish ash from the cigar that demonstrates the age of the tobacco.

It is a flavourful cigar with complex notes of cedar, cacoa and peppery spices that finish with a smooth underlying natural sweetness.

Happy Herfing!

 

AVO Orchant Seleccion Cigars

Exclusive to C.Gars and Turmeaus stores across the UK.

“During my travels across the world I discovered this very special AVO cigar that I am pleased to bring exclusively to all UK cigar lovers” – Mitchell Orchant Inspired by the cosmopolitan lifestyle of Avo Uvezian, AVO’s Master Blender has ventured to the untamed heart of Central America. Capturing sweet and spicy flavours from the rich, volcanic soil of Nicaragua and blending them with the soft, creamy notes of the finest Dominican leaves. Resulting in a smooth and balanced box-pressed cigar with unexpected depth and complexity.

AVO Syncro South America Ritmo is wrapped in a Ecuadoran wrapper leaf, South American Ritmo also contains a Mexican binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua, Peru, Brazil, Honduras and the Dominican Republic.

Reviews

AVO Orchant Seleccion Syncro Robusto Cigar

Comes in a handy pack and is perfect for them quick outdoor smokes at the pub. Really nice aroma to it and well balanced flavours. there was nuttiness and hints of coffee, for the price this cigar is definitely worth picking up a couple of packs.

    ★★★★★

Sporting an impressive box-pressed wrapper, pale camel brown and mottled in colour with the look and feel of the leather binding of a well-worn, well-loved old book, with dark visible veining and the odd shelf-pressed wrinkle. Pre-light aromas, and draw, of baked earth and warm, stewed apricots, with a little almond biscuit. A good clean draw, and thick char line with a pillar of strong pale yellow-grey ash. Tons of naturally sweet brown-sugar spiced biscuit smoke, with a little suede and light ‘green’ wood. Chilli and cucumber on the retrohale (if that’s your thing) which settles into a strong coffee. A really tasty offering all round and perfect with a creamy afternoon coffee or a little light rum

   ★★★★★

First review ever – felt I had to! Dont usually like non-cubans, but with the online hype I thought Id try. In humidor at roughly 65% RH for 1 week. This is a spectacular cigar. Excellent flavour progression: Pepper/spice/fruit -> cocoa/cream -> amaretto -> smoky charcoal -> peanut butter -> nutty chocolate. Peppery smooth finish. Good with a subtle whisky or bourbon. Cant say Ive had a cigar with such variety before. You can really taste the different fillers as stages. Mild-Mod in strength. Not the best burn, as others said, with canoeing and 1 relight, but I didnt care too much. If you like dominicans and cubans like HDM / Cuaba, its like a mix of all 3. Try it!

   ★★★★★

Reviving your cigars

There has been much discussion and argument over whether cigars can be restored to their normal state once they have dried out. If a cigar has become dry and the wrapper has not cracked and unravelled, then it can be restored. But this must be done slowly and patiently. If the wrapper has actually broken then the cigar should be discarded. If it has completely dried out, it will fall apart between your fingers regardless of how gentle and careful you are.

Remember, that although dry cigars could be brought back to an acceptable smoking condition, they will probably never be as good as they originally were. There are several ways of treating dry cigars, depending on their condition. They must be removed from any cellophane wrappers, cedar or aluminium tubes before any restoration process. If they are not excessively dry, the box with its lid open should be placed inside a large walk-in humidor or, if one is not available, in a cellar or similar dampish location, where they can be exposed slowly to dampness, as close to 70% humidity as possible. After two or three days the top and bottom rows should be interchanged and should remain in that position for another two or three days.

Romeo y Julieta Romeo de Luxe cigars LEIf you do not have a walk-in humidor or cellar then you can probably undertake a similar process using two ‘Zip N Seal’ plastic bags. Firstly, puncture the smaller bag with many little holes and then insert the open box and close the bag. Place that bag, now containing the cigars, into a larger ‘Zip N Seal’ bag containing a wrung-out slightly damp sponge. Seal the second bag. After four to six days the cigars should be removed from their box and exposed to the full humidity. Sometimes small water bubbles may appear under the wrapper, but there is nothing to fear as long as you give the cigars a 25% rotation every two or three days. Complete the process until the cigars have been fully rotated at least twice, providing even exposure to the humidity. By this time any bubbles will have disappeared. This process can take up to three weeks.

At the end of the treatment the wrappers will again look and feel smooth with only the normal gentle crackling sound when the cigars are pressed between fingers, they can then be returned to their original box.

Please remember the following points before you start:

– If you use the ‘Zip N Seal’ bags, ensure the wrung-out sponge is just damp, not excessively wet
– When the cigars are not too dry they can sometimes be restored by simply wrapping the closed box in a damp (not wet) towel for about two weeks.
– After treatment it is best to leave cigars for 6 to 12 months for the three components (filler, binder and wrapper) again to equilibrate before smoking. Just check on their condition every three months.
– It takes only a few weeks for a cigar to become dry in adverse conditions, but it takes a few months to restore them to a smokable condition.
– It is best not to mix cigars of different brands, particularly Havanas and New World, but to store them separately.

Restoring Extremely Dry Cigars: If you provide extremely dry cigars with too much humidity, too quickly, then the wrappers will split. It is best to keep them in their box in a large or walk-in humidor or ‘Zip N Seal’ bag for about a month before opening the lid. Then they can be removed and then undergo the previously described rotation method.

Boveda – The Simple Humidification System

Boveda is a two-way humidity control pouch which is designed to be used with desktop humidors to keep your cigars in the correct condition at home. There are other ways of controlling the humidity, for example with a humidifier unit, but these require more attention and topping up with distilled water every now and then which is not ideal for a busy cigar lover! Boveda pouches on the other hand can be simply placed inside your humidor and they do all the hard work for you!

Although these are simple to use, if you are new to cigar storage then the options for pack sizes and humidity levels can be overwhelming. So, here is our quick guide to what Boveda is best for you…

What size Boveda pack do I need for my Humidor?

The standard go to Boveda pack is the 60g pack. You will need one of these for every 25 cigars your humidor holds. So, the larger the humidor, the more packs you will need. These will last you approximately 2-4 months. When they turn rock hard to the touch, you know they need replacing.

Another option for the larger capacity humidors would be to use a 320g pack. This saves you using multiple 60g packs and these larger ones last up to 6 times longer! They are suitable for humidors ranging from 25 to 150 cigar capacity. Again, once these packs become rigid then you know it needs replacing.

For travel humidors/cases, we would recommend using a small 8g Boveda pack. These work in the same way but for smaller spaces.

What RH level pack should I choose?

65%: Designed for Cuban cigars because Cuban cigars tend to mould at a higher RH level. Keep your Cuban cigars at or lower than 65%RH. This RH is also good for Dominican or Puro cigars due to personal preference or flavour profile.

69%: Designed for airtight humidors including but not exclusively for Boveda humidor bags, Boveda acrylic humidors, polymer travel humidor. Works well in high-end humidors including but not exclusively Elie Bleu and Daniel Marshall.

72%: Designed for most wood humidors. Wood humidors exchange moisture, it is not uncommon to see a decrease of 2–5%RH. The 72% accommodates the moisture loss allowing the humidor to maintain a high 60s RH level. We recommend the 72%RH as your first Boveda in your wooden humidor after seasoning.

75%: Designed for your inexpensive or glass top humidors. The 75% accommodates a high amount of moisture loss allowing the humidor to maintain a high 60s RH level.

84%: Designed ONLY for seasoning a wood humidor WITHOUT cigars in it. This formula is specifically designed to provide moisture directly to the cellular structure of the wood humidor. The amount of moisture required is greater than the wipe down of it. If you haven’t seasoned with Boveda 84%, you haven’t seasoned at all!

All Boveda are accurate to +/- 1% of the RH printed on the pack in an airtight environment.

Once you have discovered which Boveda is right for your humidor and cigars, you simply need to place the right amount/size pack inside your humidor and let them take care of the rest. Make sure that you are checking them after a while to ensure that they haven’t gone rigid/hard. And when they do you know it is time to replace the pack with a new one.

Click the here to browse our full range of Boveda.

Whisky Pairings

Food and Beverage pairings have long been popular with the connoisseurs of the world, for example Champagne with Oysters, and Red Wine with Beef. A lesser known but exquisite treat is pairing a Fine Cigar with Whisky.

Although a cigar can be nicely paired with almost any beverage, for example fresh coffee, rum, even cocktails and beers, most believe that pairing the right cigar with a whisky is the perfect match. By picking up on the various notes and aromas of each cigar you can find the perfect dram to compliment it.

We have a great range of pairings on our site to browse through, so if you already know your favourite whisky and would like to try a cigar to compliment it, or if you have a favourite cigar and are interested in learning what works best with it… take a look at our range today and we may already have the perfect pairing for you!

We offer pairings of single cigars and miniatures, as well as pairings of full size 70cl bottles and a sampler of cigars to match. Read on to view some of our personal favourites and most popular pairings…

Intro To Bourbon Whisky and Cigar Pairing

A classy Bourbon, Bourbon Trace is from the eponymous distillery that has been responsible for some truly outstanding products in recent years. A great whisky, with oodles of vanilla, barrel char and spicy complexity and overall a must-stock for any bar worthy of the name.

Spicy and sweet with caramel, delicious toffee eclairs with a hint of cinnamon, rum spice and cereal sweetness.

The Camacho American Barrel Aged Robusto is an intense smoke that sets the tone for a life without limits. Inspired by the uncompromising craftsmanship of Kentucky bourbon makers, their master builders have blazed new frontiers in complexity. Aging Camacho’s legendary Corojo leaves for six years and then locking them in charred bourbon barrels – a dance with the devil’s cut that leads to rich oaky flavours and sweet bourbon aromas. Wrapped in rare all-American broadleaf, it’s an unforgettable experience that forges the way for infinitely more.

The unique and different flavours these smokes have to offer are paired perfectly with the Buffalo Trace which is sweet yet spicy to intensify and really bring out the flavours of the Connecticut Machitos.

AVO Orchant Seleccion Robusto + Stalla Dhu Speyside Whisky Pairing Sampler

Introducing a new and exclusive whisky to Turmeaus, the Stalla Dhu Islay Whisky. A rare collection of small batch and single cask malts from Scotland’s finest distilleries. Created by Mitchell Orchant and bottled by Stalla Dhu Whiskies.

Stalla Dhu is Scottish Gaeilic for “Black Cliff” and with this exclusive whisky, there are two different regions, this Islay edition and a Speyside offering.

First and second generation members of our family of independent bottlers carefully select the whiskies which show a particular promise.

To begin, the wood is managed and we continue to house the environment and casks which best affect the aging to achieve the unique results which we strive for.

The whiskies are then left until the time is right and then select the correct ABV to bring to you a very special dram.

Paired wonderfully with the AVO Orchant Seleccion Syncro Robusto. Inspired by the cosmopolitan lifestyle of Avo Uvezian, AVO’s Master Blender has ventured to the untamed heart of Central America.

Capturing sweet and spicy flavours from the rich, volcanic soil of Nicaragua and blending them with the soft, creamy notes of the finest Dominican leaves. Resulting in a smooth and balanced box-pressed cigar with unexpected depth and complexity.

 

Tomatin Legacy Scotch Whisky and Barrel Aged Cigar Pairing

This pairing is for aficionados who love to enjoy a scotch whisky with their cigars, the Davidoff Late Hour cigars contain tobacco aged for six months in finest Scotch single malt whisky casks. The perfect pairing!

When Tomatin Distillery was established in 1897, the isolated and idyllic setting of  Tomatin was almost perfect. Time in Bourbon barrels and Virgin Oak casks brings a light sweetness to The Tomatin Legacy, which boasts aromas of vanilla, marshmallow, pineapple and lemon.

On the palate gentle flavours of candy, pine, lemon sherbet, apples and sponge cake emerge ahead of a light, clean finish.

Sir Winston Churchill was not a man to follow convention. When most people were thinking of their beds, Sir Winston found inspiration and creativity in the long dark hours of the night. The dark was where he found his spark.

Davidoff celebrates this facet of the Great Man with a special cigar – The Late Hour. Beautiful, robust flavours of black pepper, dark coffee, sweetness, old leather, wood and spiciness tantalize the palate.

 

Pre Embargo Cigars

The term Pre Embargo Cigars refers to cigars produced in Cuba, using only Cuban tobacco, before February 3, 1962 – the date President John F. Kennedy signed Proclamation 3447, which banned all U.S. trade with Cuba.

Pre Embargo cigars have been the only Cuban cigars since the embargo which citizens of the United States of America have legally been allowed to possess. They are also some of the rarest and most collectable cigars in the world, especially so as there is only a finite number left in existence, with more and more being reduced to ash by owners who cannot resist the allure of a truly beautiful piece of history.

We buy and sell Pre Embargo Havana cigars throughout the year as well as at our Cigar Auctions. A few items we have dealt with are photographed below and past auction selling prices with photos and descriptions are available on our Auction website.

CLICK HERE for our latest list of Aged cigars available to order in our store 

Pre embargo Punch Coronas
Length: 5 5/8″
Ring Gauge: 42
Presentation: Box of 25 cigars
Pre Embargo Por Larranaga Coronas
Length: 5 1/2″
Ring Gauge: 42
Presentation: Box of 25 cigars
Pre Embargo Troya Siglo XX
Length: 5 5/8″
Ring Gauge: 43
Presentation: Cabinet of 25 cigars
Pre Embargo Romeo y Julieta Julietas
Length: 4 5/8″
Ring Gauge: 42
Presentation: Box of 50 cigars
Pre Embargo Ramon Allones Trumps
Length: 5″
Ring Gauge: 43
Presentation: Cabinet of 50 cigars
Pre Embargo Montecristo No.1
Length: 6 1/2″
Ring Gauge: 42
Presentation: Sealed box of 25 cigars
Pre Embargo H.Upmann Coronas Inmensas
Length: 6 1/2″
Ring Gauge: 42
Presentation: Box of 25 cigars

We regularly release stocks of aged and rare cigars, available in singles and by the box.

Cigars that are between 5-50 years old
Limited Editions
Ceramic Jars
Vitofilia (pre revolution cigar band collections)
Speciality humidors
Antique cigar boxes

CLICK HERE for our latest list of Aged cigars available to order in our store