Leaving 2018 in F**cking Style!
2018 has been incredible!
The whole year has been crackin' but the last quarter really came into its own. So, we’re gonna find it difficult to put into order what has blown us away the most, but we’ll give it a bash.
We would like to thank Nick Hammond for visiting CASC and for his awesome write up on our establishment here in Aberdeen. The feature is in the international Cigar Journal 2018 Autumn edition, www.cigarjournal.com and summed up an experience in CASC beautifuly.
Cigar Smoker of the Year 2018 Awards!
CASC made the cut at The Cigar Smoker of the Year awards 2018, held in the magnificent Boisdale Canary Wharf. This event is regarded as the world’s most prestigious Cigar Awards Event outside of Havana; previous winners, nominees and guests have included: Simon Le Bon, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Baroness Trumpington, the late great Burt Reynolds, Jonathan Ross, Kelsey Grammer, Andrew Neil, Tamar Hassan, Charlie Sheen and James Cosmo. We were nominated for Best Terrace or Lounge of the year category alongside Turmeaus Late Hour Cigar store & Sampling Lounge, The Ritz London Cigars and other distinguished establishments. We have no idea who nominated us, whoever you are we thank you.
We toasted the event with the insanely flavoursome Partagas Serie P No. 2
The Whisky Magazine
Some more patting on the back came from The Whisky Magazine, we were short listed for Icons of Whisky Scotland 2019 Bar of the Year. The event was held at Edinburgh's Surgeons' Hall. Once again we have no idea who nominated CASC but whoever you are we thank you.
To celebrate we herfed the ever reliable Montecristo No. 4 washed down with a few drams of Bunnahabhain 12 year old.
It's extremely gratifying to get some positive recognition from the trade. We never ever submit ourselves, even when invited, into any award ceremonies. When we were made aware; you could guess our reaction, especially rubbing shoulders with some of the big names in the cigar and whisky world. Alas, no gongs came our way but it's incredible even being nominated!
There has been a tonne going on at the bar too: our friends from Beavertown Brewery made a special visit. The event: a beer and whisky pairing hosted by Jonny and our very own maestro Dan. On the table; Ginger Stellar paired with Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2010, Birds of a Feather paired with Laphroaig Triple Wood, Deimos paired with Benriach 10 year old and Spresso with Glenfarclas 105. Every one of them paired to perfection, hic. Well done lads.
On the back of that, CASC bar was one of a handful of bars in the UK to be chosen to launch this year's Siren Craft Brew Caribbean Chocolate Cake beers: it just keeps getting better!
Cigar City Brewing
But if that wasn't enough, Cigar City Brewing had their UK National Beer Launch in November and again we were honoured to be one of nine bars chosen for this special event! Bar manager, Dan assures us that the H. Upmann Coronas Junior paired perfectly with the Maduro Brown Ale.
The Kernel. Drink Beer, Help Someone Out.
We also took part in the Kernel Breweries Drink Beer, Help Someone Out campaign. You can read more about that here - Drink Beer, Help Someone Out
We received stock of the hugely anticipated Cohiba Robusto Reserva Cosecha 2014, but had sold out before we even got them. Some customers had pre-ordered back in spring, that's how sought after these are! We were one of only a handful of UK retailers lucky enough to receive these.
Reappearing in our humidor is the scarce Cohiba Siglo VI.
In stock, with a total of 75 unique wrapper designs no two boxes are the same, La Flor Dominicana Salomon Unico, these are great for the seasoned herfer but also work great as a gift.
New in the humidor, Alex Bradley, Fine and Rare 2018, follow the link for a full description on these beauties.
Currently in stock but in very limited supply, Cohiba Talisman Edicion Limitada 2017; only a few left so you better hurry.
Visit www.cascnation.com. for our full range of the most competitively priced cigars in the UK
2018 was a great year! We continue to be one of the top craft beer and whisky venues and now, one of the countries fastest growing and most competitively priced online cigar retailers. This year we focus on;
- expanding our events diary,
- increasing our cigar stock,
- refreshing our cellar equipment,
- adding beer, whisky and merch to our website,
and with a load of other exciting plans on the agenda, we're gonna make 2019 our bitch!