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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!


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. 


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.