Churchill's Cigars
 
When you think of smoking a cigar, you usually picture a beautiful, relaxing setting. The first place that comes to mind is usually an outdoor patio in the sun or an old oak-panelled library. For Winston Churchill, that place was 15,000 feet in the air aboard an aircraft en route to Cairo. Since planes were not yet pressurized back then, the former British Prime Minister had his oxygen mask specially designed to accommodate a cigar.

ChurchillThe "British Bulldog" was known for his trademark cigar and top hat combo throughout the Second World War. Churchill preferred Cuban cigars above all others and this preference began in November of 1895 when Churchill was sent to Cuba to aid the Spanish in quelling the whispers of revolution. Churchill's first week there didn't go as planned, however, as the Spanish Commandant who was supposed to greet them at the docks never showed up. Churchill and a fellow officer, left to their own devices, stayed in a fancy hotel and lived off a diet of Cuban cigars and oranges. At his home in England, "Winnie" had a private cigar room stocked with 3000 plus cuban cigars, Romeo y Julieta being among his favourite brands.

Imagine flying high above the ground smoking your favourite cigar. The man certainly was a genius and, arguably, one of the greatest men in history, but what would he have been without his cigars? Where would you like to smoke a cigar? What heights or depths would you travel? What stories you could tell.

“Smoking cigars is like falling in love. First, you are attracted by its shape; you stay for its flavour, and you must always remember never, never to let the flame go out!” 
~Winston Churchill

Written by C. Vogler