On the evening of Monday 6th December, Boisdale of Canary Wharf hosted the 2021 Viña Carmen Cigar Smoker of the Year Awards dinner.
This glittering evening has been hosted by Boisdale since 2013 and celebrates the wonderful world of handmade cigars. Gathered for the celebration in Canary Wharf were a glorious host of cigar aficionados, cigar producers and friends of the cigar.
Tom Parker Bowles returned as the host for the award ceremony, alongside Boisdale founder Ranald Macdonald and from the stage they proudly welcomed Her Excellency Bárbara Montalvo Álvarez the Cuban Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Her Excellency Guisell Morales-Echaverry, the Nicaraguan Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Her Excellency Ivan Romero-Martinez, the Honduran Ambassador of the United Kingdom, and His Excellency Elnio Manuel Duran, the Dominican Ambassador to United Kingdom.
The great and the good of the UK cigar market were joined in celebration by an eclectic collection of cigar lovers. These included English actor Rafe Spall, veteran film star James Cosmo MBE, Ella Vaday of the BBC Ru Paul’s Drag Race, film producers Stephen Evans and Jonathan Sothcott, singing sensation Rebecca Fergusson, it-girl Georgia Toffolo and Czechoslovakian super model Hana Jirickova. As well as, musicians, politicians and business leaders, all of whom share a common interest in their fondness for cigars.
The lavish and luxurious celebration at Boisdale of Canary Wharf began with a cocktail reception on the Cigar Terrace, guests were served three delicious cocktails using Old Pilot’s Gin, including The Bay of Figs Negroni, which paired beautifully with the aperitif cigar, Rafael Gonzales Perla from Cuba.
Rafe Spall accepted the Viña Carmen Cigar Smoker of the Year 2021 with a rousing, and very knowledgeable, speech touching on his love of fine Havanas.
Slawomir Bielicki of Annabel’s was awarded Cigar Sommelier of the Year. Robusto of the Year was won by the ever popular Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No.2 and Sean Croley, Hunters & Frankau’s Sales & Marketing Director, took the prize for Communicator of the Year.
A full list of winners will be listed in the next edition of Boisdale Life.
Hunters & Frankau congratulate Ranald and his entire team for, once again, creating a magnificent evening in celebration of fine cigars.
Long may they continue.