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An Affair to Remember

An Affair to Remember

WE'VE spoken of cigar events before – but let’s do so again. We have recently regained the ability to revel – responsibly – in person

In Pursuit of the Perfect Pairing

In Pursuit of the Perfect Pairing

TORVILLE and Dean; Boycott and Edrich; fish and chips – cigars and ice cream? The alchemy of pairing your smokes with food and drink is

Eggs, Bacon – and a Bolivar?

Eggs, Bacon – and a Bolivar?

IT’S not everyone’s cup of tea – but the Breakfast Smoke is a big deal, nonetheless. While many brothers and sisters of the leaf recoil

Try not to stockpile!

Try not to stockpile!

THE eagle-eyed cigar lovers among you may have realised that getting hold of your favourite Havanas – particularly the larger ring gauges – is getting

Hold Firm

Hold Firm

PERVERSELY, after coming through what we all have over the last 18 months, now might be the toughest part of all. In the eye of

Churchillian

Churchillian

LD faced a firing squad last week. Not literally, of course, but it felt a bit like it at times. Mr Davis had been invited

You Can Open Your Eyes...

You Can Open Your Eyes

WELL, that took a while, didn’t it? It seems like a very long time ago indeed that Sautter was happily penning a blog post each

Brave New World

Brave New World

WHAT will the world look like once we’re out the other side? It’s a huge question. Much has changed on many fronts and that change

Let's Look Forward

Let’s Look Forward

EVEN just a read back through these blogs is a telling comment on our times. The last year has been unlike any that we have

We Soldier On...

We Soldier On…

THERE'S light at the end of the tunnel. It’s only a pin prick, and it’s a bloody long tunnel, but there’s daylight ahead and we’re

Here We Go Again

Here We Go Again

BATTEN down the hatches, pull up the drawbridge; lockdown the sequel (Revenge of the Bog Roll Snatcher) is upon us. Never fear, intrepid cigar lover.

Event Horizon

Event Horizon

THERE’S still a great deal of uncertainty, but one thing is for sure – humans are nothing if not resourceful. With the advent of lockdown,

Allones No.2

Allones No.2

AND that was the first post-Covid cigar event. The world launch of the Ramon Allones Allones No.2, which was arranged and organised superbly by Hunters

The World Moves On

The World Moves On

As ever, the human capacity to adapt and press on never fails to amaze. We’ve come a long way in the last few months and

Out & About

Out & About

So here we are; up and running once again, thank the Gods. Society in general is getting back into gear and Sautter is no different. The

End Of The Beginning

End Of The Beginning

So how are we doing out there, cigar fans? These strange times continue to drag on, and although the ground in front of us is

Love In The Time Of The Corona

Love In The Time Of The Corona

I wonder what the cigar world will look like post-Corona? Hopefully those terraces and lounges large enough will be allowed to re-open, given that the

Look How Far We've Come

Look How Far We’ve Come

So much has changed in such a short space of time. It’s discombobulating, for sure, but it’s also strangely exciting; to see, for example, how

Keep On Truckin'

Keep On Truckin’

So how are you faring, Sautter family? We are neck-deep in lockdown and with little sign yet of any glimmer of light at the end

Lockdown

Lockdown

So here we are. Lockdown. In scenes which would have seemed apocalyptic and simply unbelievable just a month ago, seemingly the entire world is banged

Sautter Corona Live Blog

Sautter Corona Live Blog

No need to cower behind your front door, waiting for the end of the world to come. We will overcome and move on to sunnier

Batten Down The Hatches

Batten Down The Hatches

This is going to be a long one. Buckle up, batten down the hatches, bury grudges, make friends – our friend Covid 19 is here

Myths & Legends About The Lurgy

Myths & Legends About The Lurgy

When does the scaremongering end and the truth begin? Should we laugh off this latest attack on our mortality, maintain decent hygiene as a matter

Aback, Much Woe, Cigars in The Snow...

Aback, Much Woe, Cigars in The Snow

For the first time this Winter, it snowed this morning. Not the wonderful thick, dry, blanket of snow that one remembers from childhood, which threw

Let's Get Regional

Let’s Get Regional

As well as the 'everyday', current production Cuban cigars we love so much, there has been, for some years now, some additions to the family

Accessorize

Accessorize

We’ve been thinking. It happens you know, more often than you may imagine. It’s easy to let things chug along as normal, accepting things are

Great Places to Smoke a Cigar

Great Places to Smoke a Cigar

Once you’re a confirmed cigarophile, you’re always on the lookout for somewhere to lay your hat that is respectful of the leaf. Ask any travelling

A Night at the Theatre

A Night at the Theatre

I went to the theatre in town the other night. First time for far too long. I took my daughters and it was such a

Old Tech, New Tech

Old Tech, New Tech

The cigar world is much more global these days – as, we suppose, is everything else. That has both its benefits and its drawbacks. Thanks

Times They Are A Changin’

Times They Are A Changin’

There used to be a cigar saying along the lines of: "When a man is in his 30s, he smokes a 30 Ring Gauge cigar;

Come On In, The Water's Lovely

Come On In, The Water’s Lovely

A bright, shining, spanking New Year, with all the optimism, purposefulness – and angst – that goes with it. We at Sautter's believe there’s a

Shopping List

Shopping List

There are a few things one must not forget in the mad scramble that the end of the year inevitably becomes. These include a healthy

Ho, Ho, Hope?

Ho, Ho, Hope?

Oh Lordy, it’s that time again. What on earth am I going to get the man or woman who has everything? Christmas comes but once

Give Them an Inch

Give Them an Inch

The trouble with getting repeatedly shouted down is that, after a while, you’re glad when someone lets you talk normally. As cigar smokers, we’ve been

Do You Ever Get Bored of Cigars?

Do You Ever Get Bored of Cigars?

If you do enough of most things, you can get sick to bloody death of them, but the strange thing we’ve found about cigars –

Remember, Remember

Remember, Remember

The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is well and truly upon us and as misguided adults and pyrotechnic kids spark up fireworks for the

Keeping up with the Jones’s

Keeping up with the Jones’s

Keeping up with the Jones’s is a mug’s game. Even if you’re as rich as Croesus, there’ll be someone, somewhere, who’s richer. The purpose of

Opportunity Knocks

Opportunity Knocks

Turn everything that happens to you into an opportunity. The ability, to do that, one suspects, is the height of human wisdom. Bad things happen

All Who Wander Are Not Lost

All Who Wander Are Not Lost

Relentlessly pushing onward in one’s life is both necessary and slightly alarming. We mark the passage of time with birthdays, Christmas celebrations, annual traditions, sporting

Dortmund

Dortmund

As promised, a little more detail this week on what it’s like to visit a cigar trade show. A tobacco trade show to be more

How to Launch a Book

How to Launch a Book

A whirlwind tour, a book launch, a tobacco tradeshow, a bad back and not much sleep – a diary of how (or maybe how not,

A Little Age

A Little Age

Crumbs. Another year rolls into Q4, as marketeers are so fond of calling it. It seems barely possible. The rest of the year has disappeared

Fair City of Verona

Fair City of Verona

One of the things about cigars which gives me great pleasure is the way they have become inextricably linked with my experiences, travels, the people

Remove The Blinkers

Remove The Blinkers

Are there certain brands you don’t get on with? It would be unusual if their weren’t. As with all things in life, we have our

Morning Cigar

Morning Cigar

Morning cigars are either something you know about or something you don’t. They could be described as being a bit ‘Marmite’; you love ‘em –

Old Dog, New Tricks

Old Dog, New Tricks

It’s never too late to change. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, and to a large extent, it’s true. Let’s face

Stop, Look and Listen

Stop, Look and Listen

If you let it, the humble cigar has a lot to teach you. The simple, ritualistic, everyday action of selecting, lighting and smoking your chosen

A Night to Remember

A Night to Remember

The sun didn’t steal the show, but it sure tried its hardest. In a dark corner of the Hyatt Regency Churchill hotel off London’s Portman

Barbecue Bolivar?

Barbecue Bolivar?

Ah, the acrid waft of smouldering lighter fluid; the unmistakable crunch of carbonized pork products; the worryingly soft texture of undercooked chicken. Yes folks, barbecue

Labour of Love

Labour of Love

If you love cigars, you may or may not also love the myriad of accessories that go with them. From cutters to lighters, travel pouches

Damned Odd Place to Smoke a Cigar...

Damned Odd Place to Smoke a Cigar…

So, a cigar has been carried to (if not smoked at) the top of the world. Some stunt. Ukrainian-Cypriot Yevgen Staroselskiy – in conjunction with

The Hamster Ratings

The Hamster Ratings

The Hamster Ratings are a mark of tongue in cheek respect from none other than Nick Hammond, master wordsmith and doyen of the Good Life.

Howzat?

Howzat?

English Summertime is forever linked with the sound of leather on willow. Whether you love or can’t stand the intrinsically British pastime of cricket, there’s

Have A Little Faith

Have A Little Faith

So much of a successful life – and by that, we mean a happy, fulfilled one – is about putting one foot in front of

Wood For The Trees

Wood For The Trees

Sometimes we forget to observe and enjoy the obvious. In our constant striving for something more, our attention tends to get focused on the exciting,

Some Things Just Work...

Some Things Just Work…

Weird how some things just go well together. Like fish and chips, or pie and mash. And sometimes in life, you’re lucky enough to find

What's Your Beef?

What’s Your Beef?

What’s your biggest beef when it comes to cigars? While this blog is usually a paragon of hope, humour, optimism and happiness, we also realise

Age Before Beauty

Age Before Beauty

Have you ever experimented with laying down cigars? It’s accepted practice when it comes to wine – and indeed vintage cigars have a certain cachè

In Answer to Your Question

In Answer To Your Question…

A cigar just does it for me. It really is as simple as that when it comes down to it, isn’t it? Sometimes you can

Trends, Moods, Seasons And Cigars

Trends, Moods, Seasons And Cigars

It’s interesting to note how your flavour and palate leanings change over time, seasons, moods, trends and – who knows? – maybe the gravitational pull

Royal Rumble

Royal Rumble

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall’s recent flying visit to Cuba caught the attention of cigar lovers in Sautter of Mount Street this week.

When You Wish Upon A Star...

When You Wish Upon A Star…

There's something about the first faltering steps of Spring that set the heart soaring. The long, dark, night is coming to an end. There’s a

Mood Food

Mood Food

Just like when you arrive at your favourite restaurant and first begin to peruse the menu du jour, there are times when certain cigars will

Quelle Heure Est-ils?

Quelle Heure Est-ils?

Spending a week away in Havana with El Jeffe got us thinking. Just like anything else in this wonderful, rich, varied existence we lead, people

Return From Havana

Return From Havana

Returning from any great holiday is a come-down, but heading home after a hedonistic week in Havana is a real bummer. We know because we’ve

Sautter and Sautter?

Sautter and Sautter?

Sautter Cigars is no advertising agency. Cigars is what we know. And cigars is what we do. But when you’re in the cigar business, you

Chevy to The Levy

Chevy to The Levy

There’s the trill of schoolchildren mixing with the sound of traffic. Dappled sunlight filters through the swaying leaves of gargantuan overhead trees. And a pair

The Queen of Havana

The Queen of Havana

The art of handrolling cigars is one that’s easy to become blasé about. Once you’ve been around the cigar world for a while, you will

The Old Man and The Cigar

The Old Man and The Cigar

There’s an old man who rolls cigars in a dilapidated barn on Hirochi Robaina’s finca. He’s now 83, and he’s been rolling cigars for more

Sautter in Cuba

Sautter in Cuba

Cuba grows while you watch it. Everywhere you look, thick, green, verdant undergrowth; perhaps a rich slash of vermillion as a riot of flowers reaches

Havana Here We Come…

There are times in everybody’s calendar that world-weariness takes hold. It’s often around now, in the back-end of what has seemed an interminably long and

Where's our YouTube channel?

Where’s our YouTube channel?

We truly appreciate your support and are in the process of adding all our videos to our new Vimeo account https://vimeo.com/sauttercigars

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

The way cigars employs all the senses – including your sixth – is something to behold. Consider for a moment, how to select a cigar

The Grand Marques: Bolivar

The Grand Marques: Bolivar

Named for the South American military man and lothario, Simon Bolivar, this mighty Cuban brand is rightfully a colossus among those who tend to reach

Inny or Outy?

Inny or Outy?

Are you a walk the dog sort of smoker – or a contemplative lounger, who prefers to be sitting down when he or she lights

Try, Try, Try Again

Try, Try, Try Again

Sometimes perseverance is the key. There are times in this life that despite our previous efforts, despite our best intentions, despite every prayer, hope and

Dinner is Served

Have you ever been to a cigar dinner? They pop up every now and then and are, in general, an opportunity to be leapt upon

Cigar Yoga

Cigar Yoga

Sometimes the world gets on top of you. There’s always something to feel bad about, right? If you were Neolithic man, it was finding enough

What’s in Your Diary?

Sautter are not a bunch of Resolutionists, on the whole. We prefer to live our lives as best we can at all times rather than

Quantum of Solace

It’s essential, in our opinion, that you marry cigar, mood and moment to maximise your Quantum of Solace.

A Match Made in Heaven

A Match Made in Heaven

Christmas is the perfect time to meet your match. It’s a time of reflection and contemplation and the very pinnacle of cigar smoking enjoyment. Even

Give to Get

Give to Get

Cigar people are among the most generous you’ll ever meet. As soon as cigar folks meet up – for the first time, or for the

The Best Laid Plans

The Best Laid Plans

Are you one of those who takes great delight in planning your time off – trying, wherever possible to fit cigars into your schedule? Plenty

How Many is Too Many?

How Many is Too Many?

How big is your cigar ‘collection?’ Is it really a collection? If it were wine, it would be a ‘cellar’. If it were books, a

Manners Maketh The Man

Manners Maketh The Man

A man may grow up physically, but it’s an unfortunate truth that his mind may be left in the playground. One doesn’t have to look

Get In Training

Get In Training

It could be entitled ‘All You Ever Wanted To Know About Cigars, But Were Afraid To Ask.’ It isn’t. It’s just called Cigar Training. But

Cigar Pairings

Cigar Pairings

There things that naturally go as well with cigars as fish does with chips or Lennon does with McCartney. Think cigars and Scotch, cigars and

Cigar Radar

Cigar Radar

Wherever a cigar lover goes, he or she has a little cigar-shaped portion of their conscious brain, always on the lookout. You know what we

Big ‘uns and little ‘uns

Big ‘uns and little ‘uns

If you’re a regular at Sautter, you’ll probably understand that thinner is not always a winner here. Most of our regulars – and El Jeffe himself,

Selfless

Selfless

One of the millions of things we love about cigars is that they’re there for you – no matter what. Like the faithful hound that

Partagas

Partagas

A legend among cigarmakers and a byword for power beautifully blended, Partagás is one of Cuba’s most famous longfiller sons. The bold red and gold

What’s The Point of Regional Editions?

What’s The Point of Regional Editions?

To the uninitiated, wave after wave of 'Special Edition', 'Limited Edition' and 'Regional Edition' Havana cigars leaves a confusing trail of names, places, numbers and

Cigar Brethren

Cigar Brethren

The cigar world is changing. You may not notice it much at the sharp end – where consumers buy and enjoy their cigars – but

Sorting The Wheat From The Chaff

Sorting The Wheat From The Chaff

Noise, noise, noise. Sometimes that’s all you can hear. But you can’t make anything sensible out of it; like an aural version of not being

In Or Out?

In Or Out?

Wait, wait, before you throw your screen through the window at yet another well-meaning attempt to decipher the unholy mess that is Brexit – we’re

Taste Test

Taste Test

Taste is a very subjective thing. That applies to both taste in terms of style and what you surround yourself with as much as to

Summer Smokes

Summer Smokes

The past weeks have been a blast from the past. Summers like these only existed when we were kids right? When teachers at school took

Video Nasties

Video Nasties

It’s not very British to blow your own trumpet. In fact, it’s frowned upon, although maybe not quite so much as it once was. Today,

Prince of Smoke (Photo Credit: Club Alejo™)

Prince Of Smoke

Do you know Hirochi Robaina? Allow us to introduce you. Hirochi’s grandfather, Alejandro Robaina, was up there with the most famous cigar men ever. The

The Inside Track

The Inside Track

Insider information. When it comes to cigars, you both need it – and should be wary of it. The cigar scene isn’t as sniffy as

State Of Mind

State Of Mind

We’ve all been on holiday abroad and enjoyed a carafe or ten of local wine. Sun, sea, sand and sangria is a well-worn theme, but

Have Cigars, Will Travel

Have Cigars, Will Travel

The Silly Season is upon us, when families across the country are packed into under-sized suitcases and inappropriate motor vehicles and whisked away on holiday.

First Among Equals

First Among Equals

Hoyo de Monterrey is a legend among cigar Marques. Unusually, virtually the entirety of its current production portfolio is worth revisiting time and time again.

The First Cut Is The Deepest

The First Cut Is The Deepest

El Jeffe, Laurence Davis, has one of those big silver cigar cutter contraptions on his desk in most of his video blogs. It has a

Zen And The Art Of The Cigar

Zen And The Art Of The Cigar

There are so many things to love about a fine, handrolled cigar. Not least that they are always there for you – like a faithful

Introducing Sautter Humitrunks

Introducing Sautter Humitrunks

There was a time when your steamer trunk was attended to by your valet, but alas, that time has largely gone. These days, if you’re

Rising of The Sap

Rising of The Sap

Surely not…it can’t be! That large, pale yellow thing that hangs in the sky…is that SUN? If you’re like Sautter El Jeffe Laurence Davis, you’ll

Habit

Habit

Remember your cigars are your friend – and not just something to do with your hands

The Lowdown on Cuba's Cigar Fest

The Lowdown on Cuba’s Cigar Fest

So, it’s Festival time in Cuba. The Habanos Festival has long been a goal for cigar lovers worldwide, but not everyone can up sticks, pack

All That Glisters is not Gold

All That Glisters is not Gold

Ooh, there’s a brand spanking new box of custard and ivory coloured smokes on the market! They’re a special, once-in-a-lifetime, first-come-first-served limited edition short run

The Art of the Cigar - Part 2

The Art of the Cigar – Part 2

Don't – however right you are convinced you might be – go around telling others how to enjoy their cigars. So, you like a well-aged

The Month of Doom

The Month of Doom

January can be a depressing time of the year – but it needn’t be. Use the opportunity to reassess your cigar hobby and what you

Christmas

Christmas

The scent of clementines; the soft call of a carol on the wireless; the contented satisfaction of a full belly; a fresh round of arguments

Cuba: The Great Marques - Montecristo

Cuba: The Great Marques – Montecristo

One of the great Cuban cigar houses has something to offer lovers of all types of cigars… For years, Montecristo claimed world’s best-selling cigar (Monte

When do you like to smoke?

When do you like to smoke?

All day, every day? Once in a blue moon? Christmas special? When you’ve just had a baby? Everyone has a different perspective.

The Art of the Cigar - Part 1

The Art of the Cigar – Part 1

There’s an awful lot of crap spoken about cigars. About how you should and shouldn’t do things. About what rituals you’re supposed to observe and

Why Cuban?

There are plenty of options for your hard-saved cigar money these days. So why should you splash the cash for Cuban? Read on…

A history lesson…

A little cigar knowledge goes a long way – and gives you a greater enjoyment of your smoke.

Shanghai members clubs

We have created two luxury members clubs in Shanghai. One is a standalone building and the other exists within a health spa.

Nic Wing – Obituary

It is with great sadness and with a heavy heart that Sautters and the whole cigar community mourns the loss of Nic Wing. A man with

Smoke with Laurence live on #Periscope!

Friday July 29th at 6pm GMT Live from Sautter Knightsbridge We regularly receive very positive feedback from our YouTube videos, with a lot of people preferring

Sautter Ashes Update

During Laurence's review of Cohiba Majestuosos 1966, he happened to accidentally stumble upon a personal best tower of ash. Laurence is known for many things

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