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29 November 2010

What happened to all the Dunhill tins?
 Craziness descends on Little River...

Dunhill pipe tobacco. After months on the minds of pipe smokers the country over, it finally arrived Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Of course, given the hullabaloo that this precipitated, you're probably already aware of that. You may have also noticed that we're again out of stock on all but one of them, just five days later.

We had a huge shipment arrive that Wednesday. We placed a massive order in the summer and were far more worried that we'd gone a little too crazy than that we wouldn't have enough. Needless to say, we were absolutely flummoxed by the response. We had more orders Wednesday than we've ever had in one day before. Thursday and Friday were each almost double our average number of orders too. UPS is picking up twice today to accomodate the volume (literally!) of packages that are ready for them. The nice lady that picks up USPS packages from us was similarly shocked and struggled to get them into the little USPS van that she drives. Ted has already made a separate post on this later today, but this is specifically about the Dunhill tobacco.

We do have another small shipment (just 2,000-odd tins) coming now that should be here later in the week, but that's all there is in the US right now. There's more coming from the manufacturer and we should have another large shipment in December. When Susan and I figured out what to purchase over the summer--4,500 tins in all--we were very concerned that we'd overbought. Needless to say, that was not the problem.

So, what happens from here? Well, there's more coming, but not a lot, later this week. Three or four weeks from now, we expect another full-sized shipment. We'll keep you posted!









Posted by sykes at 2:45 PM | Link | 7 comments

Re: What happened to all the Dunhill tins?
Wow!

Posted by keving on November 29, 2010 at 3:19 PM


Re: What happened to all the Dunhill tins?
Congrats to your team for handling all this on the eve of a holiday. Will CAO continue to be the distributor of Dunhill pipe tobacco going forward? Also, do you expect any change with XYZ being purchased by Arango? Thanks.

Posted by Oliver on November 29, 2010 at 4:46 PM


Re: What happened to all the Dunhill tins?
Yes, CAO will continue to import the Dunhill. I'm not exactly sure what will happen with the General Cigar - CAO (actually Swedish Match - Scandinavian Tobacco) merger, but I assume that it'll continue to be imported.

As for XYZ and Arango, there's a little disruption in supply right now, but everything should go back to as it was from the consumer's point of view. Of course, I'm sorry to see Alan and Joan retiring, but Mike Gold and Arango are good folks too, so we're looking forward to working with them on XYZ's brands going forward.

Posted by sykes on November 29, 2010 at 6:14 PM


Re: What happened to all the Dunhill tins?
Will the Dunhills go by the way of Stonehaven and Penzance. It appears hoarding has all but dried up these 2 as soon as they become available.
Thanks for your great service!

Posted by budman on December 14, 2010 at 7:20 PM


Re: What happened to all the Dunhill tins?
The new , new Dunhill is just an improved rehash of the 1st Orlick version. Its smokable but it certainly isn't remotely like the original Dunhill or Murrays/Dunhill. You are better to spend your money on either McClellans English blends or vintage Murray/Dunhill. This new stuff is pap.
Sandor

Posted by sandor on January 12, 2011 at 8:41 PM


Re: What happened to all the Dunhill tins?
Sandor,

You know, and this is the funny thing about tobacco, I think I might like the Orlik versions more than the Murray's versions, at least for those ones I smoke regularly.

Posted by sykes on January 13, 2011 at 12:48 PM


Re: What happened to all the Dunhill tins?
Sykes, any hope on having Elizabethan back? Any recommended substitute?

Posted by fcaladoandrade on January 14, 2011 at 8:28 AM



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