When Churchill passed away in 1965, he was given a state funeral in recognition of his actions for the nation. Along with his passion for his country, he also has a soft spot for cigars.
In fact, according to Cigars on Sixth, he was a cigar aficionado who designed a special mask that permitted him to smoke cigars on an airplane trip while wearing an oxygen mask. Not only that, but he amassed thousands of cigars for his use and is said to smoke 8 to 10 every day.
Therefore, given the quantity of cigars he can smoke in a day, it is improbable that he has never had a favorite cigar to smoke or one he would enjoy every day.
Winston Churchill's everyday cigars
Most of the time, Winston Churchill smoked Cuban cigars like Romeo y Julieta and La Aroma de Cuba. Rob Fox, a co-owner of James J. Fox in London and Ireland, confirmed this in an interview with Cigar Aficionado.
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“The number of cigars he smoked is truly extraordinary,” Fox revealed of his then-client. In fact, a year before Churchill passed away, Fox’s ledger made public the entire amount of cigars he bought which is 825. He purchased 250 cigars in April, 275 in June, and 100 each month in July, August, and September.
“It was a pretty consistent pattern of what he was buying. He was doing business with a lot of cigar stores, but we were one of his largest suppliers.”
He continued: “He bought all sorts of different brands and sizes,” referring mostly to Romeo y Julieta Pirámides and Romeo Epicure Grandes, which are the most listed cigars in Fox’s ledger.
His favorite brand was Romeo y Julieta, but it wasn’t the only brand he smoked. He bought multiple boxes of multiple lines per order. One order could be three or four brands, and multiple boxes within those lines.”
Regarding the manner in which Churchill acquired thousands of cigars, Fox made it clear that no auction for those cigars was held after Churchill passed away since he didn’t buy them to put them up for sale but rather to smoke and enjoy them himself.
“There was never a big, huge auction of cigars at the end of Churchill’s life. It wasn’t as if he was buying to collect,” he explained. “He was buying to consume.”