To call Winston Churchill an avid cigar smoker does not begin to describe how pivotal these tobacco filled tubes were to him from 1895 until the day he died. Smoking cigars was as much a part of Churchill’s daily routine (8 to 10 a day) as eating three meals or bathing is to most people. His lifetime love of cigars (particularly Romeo y Julieta‘s) was so great that there is an official “Churchill” sized cigar.
Churchill’s style of smoking cigars was just as unique as he was. First he would poke a hole in the end of it with an extra long match instead of using a cutter and would then blow through the cigar to check its draw.
After lighting his cigar, Churchill would not smoke it quickly. In fact, he preferred to let his cigars go out and chew on them for a while before re-lighting them.
When it was time to dispose of his ashes he always had his favorite ash tray on hand which was made of silver and shaped like a pagoda.
One of Churchill’s most important rules was to smoke his cigars down to the last couple of inches (which would then be used as pipe tobacco by his gardener, Mr. Kearnes).
In short, Winston’s three main rules for smoking a cigar are:
1. punch a hole with a long match instead of using a cutter
2. take your time while smoking
3. smoke down to the very last inch
P.S. Thanks to Cigar Aficionado for their informative article!