Boisdale Cigar Smoker of the Year 2017

Tamer Hassan Crowned Cigar Smoker of the Year

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.

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
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

Davidoff Cigar Terrace or Cigar Lounge of the Year
WINNER: The Garden Lounge at The Corinthia
Nominees: The Arts Club, Alfred Dunhill, The Garden Room at the Lanesborough, The Bulgari, The Churchill

Puro Prestige Cigar Writer of the Year
WINNER: Nick Foulkes
Nominees: Dean Pullen, Tobias Gorn

The Cigar Retailer of the Year
WINNER: Havana House
Nominees: Cigars Unlimited, Havana Cigar Exchange, Segar and Snuff Parlour, Robert Graham Ltd

The Cigar Producer of the Year
WINNER: Davidoff
Nominees: Joya De Nicaragua, Hanbanos, Alec Bradley, Macanudo, Regius, Daniels Marshall

Zenith Watches Cigar Smoker of the Year
WINNER: Tamer Hassan
RUNNER UP James Cosmo
Nominees: Andy Garcia, Alexander Armstrong, Sam Torrance, Steven Seagal, Jim Belushi

Boisdale Lifetime Achievement Award
WINNER: Edward Sahakian

Photo: Boisdale of London

His journalistic career began in 1979 as a freelancer for German-language newspapers in the US, and later for Austrian media including Die Wochenpresse and Das Wirtschaftsblatt. For ten years he also produced programs for over 60 radio stations around the world. In 1994, Reinhold C. Widmayer devoted himself to all things cigar, publishing technical articles in cigar magazines. He began working for Cigar Journal in 2001 and became editor-in-chief in 2005; under his auspices the journal has established itself as the world’s leading cigar magazine.


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