Fresh smokes rolled by Torcedor Senor Yoel Ulacia Diaz were accompanied by a live five-piece Cuban band, premier 2000 Pol Roger Champagne, Hine Cognac and mouth watering canapés to form the backdrop to a sensational Summer Party at London’s Langham last night.
Cigar lovers from around the world met up in the classic courtyard garden of the famous hotel to spend the early evening chatting and enjoying two very special UK Regional Edition cigars.
The much-heralded Partagás Serie E No 2 was conspicuous by its absence but it was not missed as party-goers were handed out two each of the Por Larrañaga Regalia de Londres and the diminutive star of the show, the Flor de Cano Short Robusto.
The latter, a year later than expected on these shores, has caused quite a stir among aficionados. It’s forebear, the Flor de Cano Short Churchill, was treated with indifference until it was discontinued in the late 1980s. Then it’s stock mysteriously began to rise.
First at Christie’s auctions, then more recently at the aged Havana auctions organised by C.Gars Ltd, prices of these original boxes began to go through the roof. A box of 25 of these early smokes can now fetch upwards of £6,000.
So when it was announced that Hunters & Frankau were recreating this legend for the latest UK Regional Edition, cigar lovers were obviously anxious to try it. All can now report it was worth the wait.
Although a delicate smoke to be slowly savoured, the FdC is no wallflower. It paired particularly well with the Pol Roger, its floral notes underlaid by subtle sweetness in the first half of the smoke, coming round to more substantial flavours towards its end. A remarkably satisfying short cigar and it would appear to have substantial ageing potential. Only 1,200 numbered boxes have been made, so if you want some, best not prevaricate.
Guests continued the party the night away with more drinks and smokes, and the chance to chat to industry experts such as Simon Chase, formerly of Hunters & Frankau, and the firm’s marketing team led by Sean Croley and Jimmy McGhee. Even Managing Director Jemma Freeman put in a welcome appearance, despite recently becoming a mum for the first time. A wonderful way for all to offer their congratulations – and a fine way to spend a summer’s evening in the capital.
Thanks to all at Hunters & Frankau – and roll on next year, if you’ll pardon the pun.