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ZENITH WATCHES CIGAR AWARDS DINNER IN CELEBRATION OF THE WORLD’S CIGAR INDUSTRY & ITS AFICIONADOS
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.
- 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
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
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.
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.