How cigars turned Churchills life


Many cigar smokers around the world know Sir Winston Churchill had the most passionate love for cigars. Maybe the most well-known quote from the former Prime Minister Churchill in this perspective is: “Smoking cigars is like falling in love. First, you are attracted by its shape; you stay for its flavor, and you must always remember never, never to let the flame go out”. So here we can notice, how enormous Churchills love for cigars was.

The cigars was actually a part of Churchills working etiquette, because on 19th September 1941, we had distinct differences between the Chiefs of Staff on how much military Britain could afford to send to the Soviet Union, whereafter Sir Winston Churchill ordered all men out and smoke cigars. This resulted in a constructive solution with agreement from everyone at the meeting in Downing Street.


The great journey of Sir Winston Churchill has indeed been with cigars as in the early days of World War II, where a Dunhill shop was bombed. The Dunhill manager sent the following message to Sir Winston Churchill : “Your cigars are safe, Sir”. It was of course important, that people were safe, however it was also important for the Dunhill manager, that the cigars were safe.


Today we know that the cigars followed Churchill on his great journey as many cigar smokers are familiar with “Churchill cigars”. A Churchill cigar has a ring gauge (the cylindrical ring) of at least 47 (18,7 mm) and it measures at least 6 3/4 inches (around 17 centimeters).

Last year a half cigar from 11th May 1947 was sold for 12.000 US Dollars. The reason: Churchill smoked this cigar on this day in Paris. The cigar was from the “La Corona” brand from Habana in Cuba. It had Churchills name on it and therefore it might has been one of the first “Churchills”. According to Cigar Afficionado magazine it is unsure where the “Churchill” size arise from. No matter what the Churchill Romeo y Julieta cigars appeared in the 1950s and maybe also in the 1940s.


According to GQ Magazine Churchills favorite cigar brand was Romeo y Julieta. Romeo y Julieta has its name after Shakespeares tragedy. Somehow Churchills journey didn’t ended as a tragedy as he became 90 years old with his own life formula: “I drink a great deal. I sleep a little, and I smoke cigar after cigar. That is why I am in two-hundred-percent form”. So maybe cigars really can turn our life.


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