I've been studying the London Cigar Scene a good few years and my new App - The London Cigar Guide will help you find the best cigar stores and terraces in town.
This Blog contains odd bit's and pieces I have found in London and in the other cities where my Cities in Sound Audio Guides are located.
Monday, September 10, 2012
The advantages of a Hidden Humidor
I find that the best place to put your humidor is somewhere you
don’t visit too often as you forget about the bounty of cigars that it
As I visit a lot of the London Cigar stores and terraces
while researching updates for the London Cigar Guide I am often tempted to add
a few sticks to my stash. I have also been lucky enough to visit Havana a few
times in the last couple of years and as a cigar lover it is almost criminal
not to bring your minimum allowance of 50 cigars back.
The cigar stores in London tend to hold far more aged stock
than the Havana cigar stores. This is mainly because of the turnover of the stores due to the high volume of tourists and cigar lovers. You really have to know where to look and be
prepared to smoke the less popular sizes of cigars to find something
interesting and with some serious age on it in Havana.
In Havana many of the stores have their own rollers and each
roller has his or her own blend and specialty. With access to the finest Cuban leaf and usually with huge experience, a job as a roller in a Havana Cigar store is an extremely good job for a roller, the cigars they produce are exceptional.
Santos hard at work in Havana
For me Santos has the blend
that suits my taste. It’s smooth and mild to medium and that suits my taste
On my last trip to Havana I popped in to see Santos on my
first day and ordered up 25 lanceros and they have been sitting in my humidor
ever since. I have a friend who gets a bundle or two every trip and has been
aging these cigars for years, smoking them with 4 or 5 years age. For me I had
totally forgotten about my Lanceros, the best way I think, so I was unhappy to
be reminded about them by a Facebook post and now they are calling me from my hidden
I fear that an evening of ‘quality control’ smoking is beckoning me and once I have started work on my meager bundle of custom rolled lanceros I worry that I won't be able to stop my self finishing them off. The one advantage is that a lancero demands some time to smoke and it would be just plain wrong to leave one half smoked.
If you are heading for London and
you want to find London’s cigar stores and cigar terraces the London Cigar Guide app will help
you in your quest for quality Cuban cigars.