During the 2000 noughties, Dunhill Tobacco of London, through the House of Edgeworth introduced a range of Charatan cigars, manufactured exclusively for the UK cigar smoker. However British American Tobacco (Dunhill Tobacco of London) made the decision in December 2016 to withdraw from the handmade cigar and pipe tobacco market in 2017.
So to combat this announcement, Tor Imports Ltd made a successful approach to purchase the Charatan brand from Dunhill Tobacco of London, allowing them to keep the brand alive and to develop the marque into new product segments. Tor started work immediately on developing a wide range of quality pipe tobacco blends that could pay homage to the Charatan name.
Working with our manufacturing partner Kohlhase and Kopp, it took months of testing with the pipe smoking community across Europe before we were happy that we had created blends that were fit for the name. In December 2018 they were launched into the UK market, and such has been the interest they are now available in a growing number of countries around the world.
Symbolically, each tin proudly displays the mythological Unicorn. With Scotland being famed for its love for and long history of myths and legends, it is no surprise that a fabled creature such as the unicorn is Scotland's national animal. The unicorn first appeared on the Scottish royal coat of arms by William I in the 12th Century and latterly when James VI became James I of England and Ireland.
Today the unicorn appears on the right hand side of the British Royal Coat of Arms.
Click below to explore the Charatan range
Watch London Calling....With Simon's video of the February 2019 London Pipe Club meeting where Scott Vines & Jerry Mir of Tor Imports Ltd introduced Charatan Pipe Tobacco.