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PURSUITS
Cigars
ATTENTION
ON DECK
religious significance in ancient
civilisations for its intoxicating, deep
woody aroma that wraps itself around
you. It was also renowned for its
medicinal qualities, for burning raw
oud-wood chips elevates the soul and
calms the heart like no incense can.
Today, thanks to the high demand
for oud oil and protection from the
Convention on International Trade in
Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and
Flora, farmers are planting and
preserving Aqualiria trees. There is
now technology to produce agarwood
by innoculating the mould, so that 100
per cent of the plantation is productive.
Glen Collins raids the Boisdale
humidor for the perfect smokes to
take out on the water this summer
C IG A R I MAG E: B EN T L EY C R EAT I V E
S
ustainable forestry has
developed in Asia, notably in
Malaysia, Thailand, and Sri
Lanka, where large corporations are
replanting the species and helping
local villages with schools and jobs.
The location, the land and the forest
are as important as terroir for wines.
Today, oud is the base note in many
fragrances, yet it is still the most
expensive perfume ingredient. As well
as Tom Ford, Christian Dior and Gucci
have all launched oud-based perfumes.
A few days after my Kew Gardens
adventure, I had lunch at White’s with
a legendary restaurateur and a
Hollywood actor. I shared my tale of
oud, including my experience at
Browns Hotel. At the end of lunch the
actor leant in, looked me in the eye and
asked, “Hey, how far is Fortnum’s?”
Two days later in the Burlington
Arcade, I met the restaurateur carrying
an elegant bag of oud. We turned the
corner onto Piccadilly and bumped
into the actor and his family. He too
was holding elegantly wrapped bags of
oud. His wife thanked me for helping
him find a scent that he liked. We men
looked east and west, north and south,
keeping our naughty secret. If only this
magazine had scratch and sniff…
SAN CRISTÓBAL
DE LA HABANA LA
FUERZA
HOYO DE
MONTERREY
EPICURE NO.2
RESERVA
COSECHA 2012
You can easily spot this
cigar in a display case by
its stunning black and sliver
band. The tobacco used
in this beautiful smoke
is aged for a minimum of
three years, resulting in
a beautiful robusto with
light to medium body and
a fruity taste that’s perfect
for relaxing.
Also pictured:
The Wallace acetate sunglasses
by EB Meyrowitz, £850
(ebmeyrowitz.co.uk); Luminor
Yachts Challenge watch
in black ceramic by Panerai,
£13,500 (panerai.com,
020 3057 7080)
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DAVIDOFF
ROBUSTO REAL
ESPECIALES 7 2019
This sensational, seven
tobacco cigar is perfect for
a holiday smoke. It debuted
in 2004, when it showcased
Davidoff’s Millenium Blend
tobaccos. This 2019 edition
has an Ecuadorian wrapper,
Dominican Olor binder,
and five Dominican filler
tobaccos: Olor Seco,
Piloto Seco, Piloto Viso,
San Vicente Ligero and San
Vicente Viso.
BOISDALELIFE .COM
SUMMER 2019
ISSUE 16
Fuerza means strength in
Spanish, and San Cristóbal
de la Habana was the
founding name of Havana
back in 1519. In 1996 both
name and noun were given
to this cigar. The filler,
binder and wrapper are all
Cuban; the flavour is light
and smooth with a hint of
cedar and notes of coffee.





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