Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British politician, army officer, and writer. He was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, when he led Britain to victory in the Second World War, and again from 1951 to 1955.
His addiction in the cigars began in 1895 after graduating from the Royal Military Academy, when he traveled to Cuba, which was then in the throes of a battle for independence from Spain
Although Churchill spent just a few months in Cuba, he almost immediately became in loved with on one of its most famous products. It was the two Cuban brands, Romeo y Julieta and La Aroma de Cuba, which became his preferred cigars. For the rest of his life, friends, associates and a series of Havana dealers would send him regular shipments, ensuring he had access to his prized Cubans, even in times of crisis and war. It wasn’t until a later trip, in 1940, that the cigar known as a Julieta No. 2 in most factories and the Romeo y Julieta became the Churchill. When required to travel by aero plane during the Second World War, he even had his oxygen mask adapted so that he might be able to smoke through it.
Sir Winston was a furious cigar smoker, smoking about 8 to 10 cigars a day and it was known to bite the end instead of using a cigar cutter. A Cigar shop in London, has records of Churchill buying hundreds of thousands of cigars every year, including more than 1.300 months before he died.
He built a specialized storage room to at Chartwell, his home in the Kent countryside, which could hold 3,000-4,000 cigars, all carefully organized, categorized and labeled. He even had a favorite silver ashtray, which was laid out for him every morning and even traveled with him in its own custom-made suitcase.
When General Montgomery declared “I neither drink nor smoke and I am 100 percent fit”
Sir Winston Churchill replied
“I drink and smoke and I am 200 percent fit”