The great and the good of the UK cigars joined music stars, chefs and celebrities at Boisdale Canary Wharf for one of the largest, and most fun, cigar events outside of Havana, supported by Viña Carmen.
Boisdale of Canary Wharf hosted their annual celebration of the cigar, bringing cigar aficionados and celebrity cigar smokers from around the world to share in their passion. Hosted by Tom Parker Bowles and Ranald Macdonald, the banquet and vintage cigar auction culminated with Oris Erhuero winning the award for Viña Carmen Cigar Smoker Of The Year 2022.
This glittering evening has been hosted by Boisdale since 2013 and celebrates the wonderful world of hand-made cigars. Boisdale welcomed the evening’s guests of honour Her Excellency Bárbara Montalvo Álvarez the Cuban Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Her Excellency Guisell Morales-Echaverry, the Nicaraguan Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
On receiving the top award Oris Erhuero spoke of the togetherness and friendships that cigar smoking had brought to his life.
It was a sentiment echoed by Lifetime Achievement Award winner, General Sir Patrick Sanders who stressed the importance for troops serving overseas of sharing cigar moments together.
Other winners on the night included Vanessa Vieira at The Sahakian Lounge, The Bulgari Hotel who was crowned Cigar Sommelier of the Year, and Romeo y Julieta took the prize for the Churchill Cigar of the Year.
A full list of winners will be listed in the next edition of Boisdale Life.
Throughout the evening, Boisdale played host to a charity auction, raising £84,400 for good causes including incredible lots of fine and rare cigars and humidors, with the top lot – a Cohiba Serie A Humidor going for £54,500.