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Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon Crowned The Spectator Cigar Smoker Of The Year

Posted on Nov 22, 2013
Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon Crowned The Spectator Cigar Smoker Of The Year

Com­pa­ny CEOs, rock stars and celebri­ties descend on Canary Wharf for hedo­nis­tic cel­e­bra­tion of the cig­ar sup­port­ed by The Spectator

This week, Bois­dale of Canary Wharf host­ed an unprece­dent­ed cel­e­bra­tion of the cig­ar, bring­ing cig­ar afi­ciona­dos and celebri­ty cig­ar smok­ers from around the world to share in their pas­sion for the exquis­ite tobac­co prod­uct. The ban­quet and vin­tage cig­ar auc­tion cul­mi­nat­ed with Simon Le Bön, Duran Duran’s lead singer, win­ning the award for The Spec­ta­tor Cig­ar Smok­er Of The Year 2013.

The event is indica­tive of the growth in pop­u­lar­i­ty of cig­ars despite the smok­ing ban. Sales of pre­mi­um cig­ars in the UK are up 15% on 2008, the year fol­low­ing the smok­ing ban. 5 mil­lion cig­ars are smoked each year in the UK, with tobac­co duty pro­vid­ing £9 bil­lion last year to the exchequer.

The hedo­nis­tic evening saw the great and the good from the world of film, music, busi­ness and pol­i­tics descend on the lav­ish sur­round­ings of Great British restau­rant Bois­dale. Guests includ­ed, Nan­cy Del­l’Ol­lio, jazz musi­cian Michael Ling­ton, pho­tog­ra­ph­er Richard Young, film direc­tor Marc Sin­den, ex Eng­land foot­baller Julian Dicks, film pro­duc­er Alan Greenspan and host of the evening The Spectator’s Andrew Neil.

On receiv­ing the award Simon Le Bön gra­cious­ly accept­ed his win and remind­ed his fans It’s the wild boys not the mild boys…” Simon also became the proud own­er of a humi­dor of rare cig­ars, and a stun­ning JEAN­RICHARD wristwatch.

To begin the cel­e­bra­tions, Bois­dale played host to one of the great­est cig­ar auc­tions ever seen, led by Mitch Orchant of C.Gars Ltd. Over half a mil­lion pounds of fine and rare cig­ars were pur­chased, with the top lot going for £15,000.

Guests enjoyed a sump­tu­ous din­ner of expert­ly sourced Hebridean shell­fish and Aberdeen­shire Beef Fil­let that Bois­dale is famed for. The din­ner was fin­ished with a tast­ing of Hen­nessey XO and Glen­morang­ie Las­an­ta with a Fuente cig­ar, to deter­mine whether malt whisky or Cognac is the defin­i­tive diges­tif for this exquis­ite cigar.

The night took a rau­cous turn as the awards began with Andrew Neil hav­ing to qui­eten the heck­lers, remind­ing them that he had a press­ing tele­vi­sion engage­ment in the morn­ing and no one would be keep­ing him wait­ing. How­ev­er it was Nan­cy Del­l’Ol­lio’s glit­ter­ing late entrance that final­ly set­tled the eager and eccen­tric attendees.

The event was spon­sored by UK Havana cig­ar spe­cial­ists C.Gars Ltd and For­est — Free­dom Organ­i­sa­tion for the Right to Enjoy Smok­ing Tobacco.

THE WINNERS

CIG­AR SMOK­ER OF THE YEAR
Simon Le Bön


CIG­AR PRO­DUC­ER OF THE YEAR
Habanos Cigars


CIG­AR WRITER OF THE YEAR
Nick Ham­mond & Will Lyons


CIG­AR RETAIL­ER OF THE YEAR
David­off of London


CIG­AR TER­RACE OF THE YEAR
The Gar­den Room at The Lanes­bor­ough & The Wellesley