I just received an email about an event happening in London on September 14th prominently featuring cigars and cognac.  Sounds like an event right up our alley.  Part of The Stafford London late summer “Pub Talk” series, the evening will treat guests to a tasting and tutorial of fine cigars and cognac.  Gentleman, if you decide to attend the event, don’t forge to don your jackets.  Here are the details:

CigarsCognac - The Stafford’s Third “Pub Talk”WHAT: An evening devoted to a pastime beloved by historical greats such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde: cigars and cognac.  On September 14, “Pub Talk” at The Stafford London by Kempinski continues with an exploration of this perfect paring.  Join the U.K.’s leading independent fine cigar importer Hunters & Frankau and the world’s foremost producer of Fine Champagne Cognac Rémy Martin for a tasting and tutorial.  Hear tips on proper cigar storage, smoking etiquette and selecting a stogie that will please the palette each time; learn the keys to expertly matching a silky sip of cognac to a cigar’s flavor.  A live cigar hand-rolling demonstration will also take place.

Tastes of Rémy Martin VSOP and Rémy Martin XO will be shared throughout the night; a selection of freshly rolled Havana cigars will be available for purchase.  Please note: there is a nominal £1 entrance fee for this event (due to government regulations!) and smoking may take place.

WHEN: “Pub Talk: Cigars and Cognac – A Tasting and Tutorial” will take place on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 from 6:30pm until 7:30pm.

AmericanBar - The Stafford’s Third “Pub Talk”WHERE: The American Bar at The Stafford London by Kempinski; weather permitting, all events will be held outdoors in the adjacent courtyard.
* The American Bar requires all gentlemen to wear jackets.

WHO: Aficionados seeking to indulge in an evening devoted to their passion, novices eager to try a taste with expert guidance…all who enjoy stimulating, casual conversation about some of the finer pursuits in life.

Reservations are recommended as space is limited. Please e-mail [email protected] to reserve a spot.

Interestingly, The Stafford London hotel maintains a fully stock humidor for its guests.  For those interested in the cigar life around St. James, the hotel also offers a specialty cigar package.  Here are the details:

The Stafford is the perfect base for the aficionado to explore London’s cigar heritage.  Take an hour to be guided around Mayfair and St James’s with the Cuban Cigar Walking Tour, an audio tour that pinpoints some of the City’s finest merchants, historic clubs and lesser-known sights off the beaten path in this gentrified area. Round off your day with dinner in the comfortable American Bar and a Montecristo No. 2 at London’s most sophisticated smoking tables.
The total cost of £750 includes:
  • One nights accommodation in a historic Carriage House Double Room including VAT
  • English breakfast for two
  • Dinner for two in The American Bar
  • Cuban Cigar Walking Tour for two guests
  • Two Montecristo No.2 cigars

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