Photo by Nic Wing
London’s cigar scene is peopled by some of the most charming and knowledgeable folks in the business. Put yourself in their hands and revel in the delights you can discover.
Londonist recently popped in to the compact but wonderfully stocked cigar store in what is now acknowledged as the world's greatest department store: Selfridges on Oxford Street. Despite it’s compact size this warm humid little store holds a wealth of treasures from Cuba and the ‘new world’
Located on the ground floor in the wines and spirits department it is managed by Magali who comes from Cuba. A trip to see her is always a pleasure because she knows so much about cigars.
We talked cigars for a while, which is always great as Magali, like so many of her colleagues, is so giving of her wealth of knowledge and experience.
Londonist admitted to a fondness for the Trinidad cigars. A relatively recent addition to the list of famous Cuban cigar brands. Trinidads were originally made just for diplomatic gifts.
Warming to her task, Magali suggested the original gold banded ‘Fundadores’ made at the famous El Laguito factory. A relatively short search around some of the other London stores yielded gold and a truly memorable cigar experience. A visit to see Magali always yields some inspiring new suggestion of something new or a recently found aged treasure from the depths of the humidor.
That’s is what proper expertise and customer service are really all about.
By Nic Wing