The Charatan Story

In 1863, Frederick Charatan opened a shop in Mansell Street, London where he began to carve Meershaum pipes. Popularity quickly increased and Charatan moved in larger premises on Prescot Street. Here he began to make the briar pipes that would make the Charatan name world famous. When Frederick retired in 1910, his son Reuben took over the business and it remained wholly owned by the Charatan family until 1960.

In the early 21st Century, Dunhill Tobacco of London, through House of Edgeworth, launched a range of Charatan Cigars, blended exclusively for the UK Cigar Smoker with a unique blend of Nicaraguan and Indonesian tobaccos. They were an instant success and in a short space of time Charatan became the #1 Nicaraguan Brand in the UK.

However in December 2016, Dunhill Tobacco of London made the strategic decision to withdraw from the handmade cigar and pipe tobacco market in 2017, so Tor Imports Ltd made a successful approach to purchase the bestselling Charatan brand from them rather than leave the brand to       die off.

The production of Charatan cigars was transferred early in 2018 to Joya De Nicaragua, in Esteli, Nicaragua, in the country's oldest, most prestigious and original factory.

We have worked closely with our Pipe Tobacco manufacturing partner to test replica blends with pipe clubs around Europe and the UK with a view to launching a Charatan Pipe Tobacco range that could replace a now redundant International brand. It took several months before we were happy with the blends and are delighted to have launched the first 10 blends of Charatan Pipe Tobacco in the UK in December 2018, with a further 4 launched in February 2019.