At James J. Fox we pride ourselves on our heritage and our expertise. We have some of the finest minds within the tobacco industry. Three of our flagship store members hold the prestigious Masters of Habanos certificate. All of our staff are exceptionally knowledgeable in the world of tobacco and are happy to help with any query you may have.
Dirk Seyfried started working at JJ Fox in May 2012 and quickly realised how much he enjoyed working both with cigars and in the store. It was during a training trip to Cuba that Dirk decided to enroll for the Higher Certificate Masters of Habanos course which he passed in November 2014. He is the current manager of James J. Fox Cigar Merchants No.19 St James's Street branch. Dirk is an avid cigar smoker and enjoys smoking the Montecristo Petit Edmundo, the Ramon Allones Specially Selected and the Gurkha Cellar Reserve Koi Perfecto, among others, usually with a rum when he’s allowed, even sometimes when he’s not allowed.
Nic Barker here. I started working with cigars here at James J. Fox in 2002, and was instantly hooked. I must of smoked at least 100 different cigars in my first 6 months in the trade, I wanted as much as anything to discern WHY I like a particular smoke rather than simply IF. It's a lot of fun learning what tastes in particular you gravitate toward in a cigar. My favourite regularly produced cigar is the Bolivar Belicosos Finos, closely followed by the Ramon Allones Specially Selected, and the Partagas Lusitania. I've also been extremely lucky to try many heavily aged, rare, pre-embargo smokes etc over the years, and have thoroughly enjoyed them all. I took and passed the Master of Havanas exam in April 2014. It’s also great to have something to physically document my experience, appreciation and product knowledge. It is an honour to have such a title.