The 2nd UK and the final qualifying tournament for the 2016 Cigar Smoking World Championship took place in London on the 8th of July at the world famous James J Fox’s 19 St James Street.
Judged by Marko Bilic, founder of the Slow Smoking World Championship, and the previous world record holder Darren Cioffi, the event was sponsored by Macanudo, Sarah Saunders of Women’s International Cigar Club, Principle Cigars, Ron Mulata Rum and Macanudo Cigars. It was a night to remember – a thrilling, record breaking qualifier and the celebration of cigar friendships, conviviality and fun.
The overall competition winner and the new World Record holder in women’s category is Cosima Aichholzer. In her first attempt at slow smoking challenge, the author of the upcoming teNeues book, “The Cigar World”, beat the previous world record held by Christina Bartnikowski by 6 minutes, and, with a smoking time of 2 hours, 9 minutes and 6 seconds joined the top 15 in the world.
Charlie Murphy of Ron Mulata rum came second with a smoking time of 2 hours 1 minute and 58 seconds. Evan Smith came third with 1 hour 45 minutes and 35 seconds smoking time. UK will be cheering Cosima Aichholzer at the World Championship in Split, Croatia between the 1st and the 4th of September 2016, and, WiCC, Principle Cigars, Macanudo and Club Mareva look forward to the 3rd UK qualifying tournament and another fantastic event at James J Fox in 2017.