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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kelsey Grammer, Baroness Trumpington At Boisdale Cigar Awards

Posted on Nov 18, 2014
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kelsey Grammer, Baroness Trumpington At Boisdale Cigar Awards

On SUN­DAY NOVEM­BER 16 Bois­dale of Canary Wharf saw cig­ar afi­ciona­dos and celebri­ty cig­ar smok­ers from around the world gath­er for The Spec­ta­tor Cig­ar Awards Din­ner 2014, spon­sored by Mehmet Kurt of King­wood Stud, found­ed by Boisdale.

Arnold Schwarzeneg­ger was crowned The Spec­ta­tor Cig­ar Smok­er of the Year 2014. Gov­er­nor Schwarzeneg­ger was pre­sent­ed the award by lead spon­sor Mehmet Kurt (both pic­tured with host Tom Park­er Bowles left and own­er Ranald Mac­don­ald right) and he was award­ed a beau­ti­ful JEAN­RICHARD 1681 18 carat pin pink gold wrist­watch, a bot­tle of Château Mou­ton Roth­schild 1999 and a Fred­er­ic Saint Romain designed lim­it­ed edi­tion ST Dupont lighter (retail val­ue £5,500). Govenor Schwarzeneg­ger tugged at Kelsey Grammer’s beard upon meet­ing and both enjoyed the charm­ing com­pa­ny of Baroness Trumpington.

Gov­er­nor Schwarzeneg­ger said of his win, I nev­er dreamed in the 1970s when I was crowned Mr Uni­verse, that I’d be receiv­ing The Spec­ta­tor Cig­ar Smok­er of the Year Award. I remem­ber when I became Gov­er­nor of the great state of Cal­i­for­nia and they said now you have to stop smok­ing cig­ars. The laws stat­ed that you could not smoke with­in twen­ty feet of the Capi­tol build­ing; I built a smok­ing tent in the atri­um just over twen­ty feet away and I kept smok­ing cig­ars. This place was where we did most of our work — it brought togeth­er the Democ­rats and Repub­li­cans and Lib­er­als, we all had some­thing in com­mon… our shared pas­sion for the great cigar.”

British Con­ser­v­a­tive mem­ber of the House of Lords and once a code-break­er at Bletch­ley Park dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, Baroness Trump­ing­ton was hon­oured with The Spec­ta­tor Cig­ar Life­time Achieve­ment Award 2014. Baroness Trump­ing­ton said of her win, I am delight­ed to have been invit­ed to such a thrilling evening. This beau­ti­ful restau­rant is cer­tain­ly a long way from the pigsties of East Kent where I smoked my first cigar.”

Kelsey Gram­mer, Hol­ly­wood star, was a run­ner-up for the Spec­ta­tor Cig­ar Smok­er of the Year 2014 and was award­ed a JEAN­RICHARD Ter­ras­cope pink gold watch. Kelsey said of his win, It has been a fan­tas­tic evening full of fan­tas­tic peo­ple and I am very hon­oured to be here. I would also like to add that Nan­cy Del O’llio has done more for red lace than any­one in history.”

Kelsey told the assem­bled com­pa­ny of an encounter with the Tom Park­er Bowles’s moth­er: I was at an event at the White House and I felt a tight squeeze on my right but­tock and I turned to a woman who I knew to be Camil­la and she said to me in an imp­ish way, nice to final­ly meet you… in the flesh…!’” Guests gath­ered on the Boisdale’s cov­ered ter­race and enjoyed Cham­pagne Barons de Roth­schild Brut NV, Chivas Regal Negro­nis and canapés fol­lowed by a sump­tu­ous din­ner of expert­ly sourced Hebridean shell­fish and Aberdeen­shire beef fil­let that Bois­dale is famed for cooked by Exec­u­tive Head Chef, Andy Rose.

The evening was host­ed by Tom Park­er Bowles and recog­nised var­i­ous aspects of the cig­ar world, with award cat­e­gories includ­ing Cig­ar Pro­duc­er, Retail­er, Writer, and cul­mi­nat­ing in The Spec­ta­tor Cig­ar Smok­er of the Year. The awards cer­e­mo­ny was fol­lowed by anoth­er long-await­ed cig­ar and a rare oppor­tu­ni­ty to taste Hen­nessy X.O Cognac and The Bal­ve­nie 15 Year Old Sin­gle Bar­rel Malt Whisky. Through­out the evening guests enjoyed five hand-rolled cig­ars pro­vid­ed by the UK’s Lead­ing Cig­ar Mer­chant C.Gars Ltd.

Bois­dale own­er, awards founder and cig­ar con­nois­seur Ranald Mac­don­ald com­ment­ed, Tonight has been a tru­ly won­der­ful cel­e­bra­tion of the cig­ar. In this era when so many irri­tat­ing and self-right­eous gov­ern­ments around the world obsess them­selves with inter­fer­ing in our lives and leg­is­late to remove our rights to enjoy the sub­lime plea­sure of smok­ing hand-made cig­ars, we join togeth­er to do homage to those accom­plished and charis­mat­ic indi­vid­u­als, who through their high­ly vis­i­ble and unbri­dled pas­sion for cig­ars, ele­vate the belea­guered sta­tus of the cig­ar enthu­si­ast the world over.” With a vast col­lec­tion of fine, rare and intro­duc­to­ry cig­ars, and a list of over 2,000 bot­tles of whisky, Boisdale’s exper­tise in these fields has long been recog­nised. The Spec­ta­tor Cig­ar Smok­er Awards Din­ner gath­ered the greats of the cig­ar and celebri­ty world for an entic­ing evening that con­firmed Bois­dale as the UK’s home of cig­ar smoking.

• Cig­ar Smok­er of The Year 2014 — ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER
• Cig­ar Smok­er of The Year 2014 RUN­NER-UP — KELSEY GRAMMER
• Cig­ar Life­time Achieve­ment Award 2014 — BARONESS TRUMPINGTON
• Cig­ar Ter­race of The Year 2014 — NO. TEN MAN­CHES­TER STREET
• Cig­ar Writer of The Year 2014 — BILL KNOTT
• Cig­ar Pro­duc­er of The Year 2014 — OLIVA
• Cig­ar Retail­er of The Year 2014 — DAVID­OFF OF LONDON

Click this link to see pho­tos from the event.