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Tamer Hassan Crowned The Zenith Watches Cigar Smoker of The Year 2017!

Posted on Dec 4, 2017
Tamer Hassan Crowned The Zenith Watches Cigar Smoker of The Year 2017!

FOUND­ED BY BOIS­DALE
ZENITH WATCH­ES CIG­AR AWARDS DIN­NER IN CEL­E­BRA­TION OF THE WORLD’S CIG­AR INDUS­TRY & ITS AFICIONADOS 

The Annu­al Cig­ar Smok­er of the Year Awards returned to the stage at Bois­dale of Canary Wharf, on Sun­day 3rd Decem­ber. For the fifth time this illus­tri­ous event for cig­ar fans cel­e­brat­ed icon­ic cig­ars, pro­duc­ers, writ­ers, ter­races and smok­ers.

Hailed as one of the biggest exports to Hol­ly­wood from the East End of Lon­don, acclaimed actor Tamar Has­san was crowned the Zenith Watch­es Cig­ar Smok­er of the Year 2017

The award was pre­sent­ed to Tamer by last year’s win­ner – US star of the screen and stage, Kelsey Gram­mer. The prize was an engraved Rose Gold Zenith El Primero Cohi­ba Edi­tion Watch. In his accep­tance speech Tamar Has­san spoke of his life­long fond­ness for the Cuban stick which he shared with many smok­ers big and small with the biggest of them all, dear friend and men­tor the great Bob Hoskins”. 

220 guests of the evening includ­ing BBC pre­sen­ter Andrew Neil, James Cos­mo, Mark Hix, Nan­cy Dell’Olio, Nigel Farage and Made in Chelsea star Stephanie Pratt on arrival received one of each of the five cig­ars, nom­i­nat­ed for Cig­ar of the Year 2017 includ­ing the Romeo y Juli­eta Short Churchill which took the win. The British canapé recep­tion fea­tured the mul­ti award win­ning Eng­lish sparkling wine Jenkyn Place Vine­yard, Brut, 2013 from Hamp­shire. The sump­tu­ous din­ner com­prised of Hebridean shell­fish accom­pa­nied by the out­stand­ing Alpha Domus, The Wing­walk­er Viog­nier 2014, Hawkes Bay wine, New Zealand and the main course of grass fed dry aged Aberdeen­shire fil­let of beef Welling­ton”, per­fect­ly com­ple­ment­ed by The Choco­late Block 2015, Boeken­hout­skloof, Swartland. 

Bring­ing togeth­er cig­ar enthu­si­asts and celebri­ty cig­ar smok­ers, the esteemed evening har­nessed Boisdale’s unique­ly eclec­tic style, host­ed by Tom Park­er Bowles and Bois­dale founder Ranald Mac­don­ald with enter­tain­ment from Natasha Hamil­ton of Atom­ic Kitten. 

The Gar­den Lounge at The Corinthia took the David­off Cig­ar Terrace/​Lounge of this year, Edward Sahakian was award­ed the Bois­dale Life­time Achieve­ment Award whilst James Cos­mo accept­ed the Zenith Cig­ar Smok­er Run­ner Up from Cuban Ambas­sador Her Excel­len­cy Mrs. Tere­si­ta de Jesús Vicente Soto­lon­go, before more cig­ars and Cour­voisi­er VSOP Cognac were enjoyed on the heat­ed cig­ar terrace. 

Bois­dale of Canary Wharf couldn’t have been a bet­ter venue in which to host the event as it offers the most com­pre­hen­sive choice of hand­made cig­ars of any restau­rant in Europe. Bois­dale has nur­tured close rela­tion­ships with sup­pli­ers over the years, enabling the oppor­tu­ni­ty for cus­tomers to sam­ple old and rare Havana cig­ars in this unique des­ti­na­tion for cig­ar enthusiasts. 

AWARDS 2017:

  • Zenith Watch­es Cig­ar of the Year
  • David­off Cig­ar Ter­race or Cig­ar Lounge of the Year
  • Puro Pres­tige Cig­ar Writer of the Year
  • The Cig­ar Retail­er of the Year
  • The Cig­ar Pro­duc­er of the Year
  • Zenith Watch­es Cig­ar Smok­er of the Year
  • Bois­dale Life­time Achieve­ment Award

WIN­NER: Romeo y Juli­eta Short Churchill 

Nom­i­nees: 92 Rat­ed Daniel Mar­shall Red Label Cig­ar Box-Aged 1Year, David­off Win­ston Churchill The Late Hour Robus­to, Joya de Nicaragua Robus­to, AVO Her­itage Short Robust 

WIN­NER: The Gar­den Lounge at The Corinthia 

Nom­i­nees: The Arts Club, Alfred Dun­hill, The Gar­den Room at the Lanes­bor­ough, The Bul­gari, The Churchill 

WIN­NER: Nick Foulkes 

Nom­i­nees: Dean Pullen, Tobias Gorn 

WIN­NER: Havana House 

Nom­i­nees: Cig­ars Unlim­it­ed, Havana Cig­ar Exchange, Segar and Snuff Par­lour, Robert Gra­ham Ltd 

WIN­NER: Davidoff 

Nom­i­nees: Joya De Nicaragua, Han­banos, Alec Bradley, Macanudo, Regius, Daniels Marshall 

WIN­NER: Tamer Hassan 

RUN­NER UP James Cosmo 

Nom­i­nees: Andy Gar­cia, Alexan­der Arm­strong, Sam Tor­rance, Steven Sea­gal, Jim Belushi 

WIN­NER: Edward Sahakian

MENU 2017:

Canapés accom­pa­nied by Jenkyn Place Brut 2013, Hampshire 

Starter: Beet­root mar­i­nat­ed Orkney salmon & Dressed Devon­shire crab and Dunkeld smoked salmon Scotch quail’s egg, shaved fen­nel, salmon caviar 

Alpha Domus The Wing­walk­er Viog­nier 2014 Hawkes Bay New Zealand 

Main Course: Finest dry aged Aberdeen­shire fil­let of beef Welling­ton”, wild mush­rooms, pota­to purée, greens, Claret gravy 

The Choco­late Block by Boeken­hout­skloof 2016 Swart­land South Africa 

Selec­tion of British cheese, Doyenne du Comice pears, Bois­dale chut­ney, oak cakes 

Cof­fee & petits fours served with Cour­voisi­er VSOP 

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About Zenith Watch­es:

Zenith is a brand that has been bring­ing style and sub­stance to the wrists of watch­mak­ing cognoscen­ti all over the world for more than 150 years. Found­ed in Le Locle in 1865 by a vision­ary watch­mak­er, Georges Favre-Jacot, the Man­u­fac­ture Zenith gained swift recog­ni­tion for the pre­ci­sion of its chronome­ters, with which it has won 2,333 chronom­e­try prizes in a cen­tu­ry and a half of exis­tence: an absolute record. Hav­ing earned fame thanks to its leg­endary El Primero cal­i­bre – an inte­grat­ed auto­mat­ic col­umn-wheel chrono­graph move­ment launched in 1969 and endowed with a high fre­quen­cy of 36,000 vibra­tions per hour that ensures short-time mea­sure­ments accu­rate to the near­est 1/​10th of a sec­ond – the Man­u­fac­ture Zenith has since devel­oped over 600 move­ment vari­a­tions. Zenith remains one of a select group of tra­di­tion­al lux­u­ry watch brands to pro­duce all its move­ments in-house, the industry’s ulti­mate token of qual­i­ty. Engaged in sev­er­al vin­tage ter­ri­to­ries such as clas­sic cars, Zenith cur­rent­ly offers a col­lec­tion of exclu­sive and age­less fine­ly craft­ed time­pieces designed for sar­to­ri­al­ly mind­ed men and women. Zenith’s rich her­itage, tra­di­tion, pas­sion and pur­suit of excel­lence reflect the lega­cy of its slo­gan Leg­ends are forever”. 

About David­off Cig­ars:

The life of David­off Cig­ars is the life of Zino David­off. His bril­liant savoir vivre infused all aspects of cig­ar crafts­man­ship and enjoy­ment. A vision­ary in all regards, Zino was a man who ensured time, like each of his cig­ars, was always beau­ti­ful­ly filled. Davidoff’s world famous hand-made pre­mi­um cig­ars include Anniver­sario, Grand Cru, Mil­len­ni­um and Sig­na­ture, a dis­cov­ery range of Yamasa, Escu­rio and Nicaragua and the icon­ic Win­ston Churchill cig­ars, includ­ing the excit­ing new Late Hour. 

About Puro Pres­tige:

Found­ed in 2016, Puro Pres­tige is a brand cre­at­ed by cig­ar con­nois­seurs, for cig­ar con­nois­seurs, with the aim of sup­ply­ing the finest cig­ar trav­el cas­es in the world. 

Puro appre­ci­ates that cig­ar smok­ing is not sim­ply a habit – it is a pas­sion, a retreat, a rit­u­al, even an art form. It’s this under­stand­ing that has led to the devel­op­ment of the brand’s first piece: The Hem­ing­way Edi­tion. An ele­gant, classy, yet rugged cig­ar case, The Hem­ing­way Edi­tion is designed for the pas­sion­ate trav­eller and cig­ar smok­er. Only the high­est qual­i­ty leather is used to ensure the case does not fray or dete­ri­o­rate over time, and the ostrich skin-style fin­ish gives it a unique­ly tex­tured feel. The cedar wood select­ed for the rack ensures that opti­mum humid­i­ty is main­tained to pro­tect the cig­ars from dry­ing out dur­ing one’s trav­els, and the cas­es can also come sup­plied with bespoke, air­tight cig­ar tubes to fur­ther pro­tect and extend the life of the cig­ar. The sig­na­ture Hem­ing­way Edi­tion case is the flag­ship, while the Puro Pres­tige site is also a one-stop hub for a smoker’s cig­ar acces­so­ry needs; stock­ing S.T Dupont and Xikar lighters and cut­ters as well as its own cig­ar rests. 

www​.puro​pres​tige​.com

About C.Gars:

C.Gars Ltd was estab­lished on the inter­net back in 1997 and Mitchell had already been sell­ing cig­ars on the inter­net since late 1993 through Mitchells Cig­ar Com­pa­ny which was very like­ly the first cig­ar mer­chant online in the UK. Turmeaus Tobac­conist was acquired in 2002. Turmeaus has a rich his­to­ry in the cig­ar busi­ness dat­ing back to 1817 and is the sec­ond old­est cig­ar spe­cial­ist in the UK with spe­cial­ist cig­ar shops as well as a La Casa del Habano in Chester, Liv­er­pool. May­fair, Nor­folk and Knutsford. Mitchell is also one of the own­ers Robert Gra­ham Ltd, the old­est spe­cial­ist cig­ar mer­chant in Scot­land, estab­lished in 1874 with spe­cial­ist whisky and cig­ar shops in Glas­gow, Edin­burgh, Cam­bridge and London.