News Brief – Seijas Retires, Historic Churchill cigar to sell for £1,000
Jose Seijas, one of the most well-known figures in the cigar industry, has announced his retirement after over 30 years in the business, as reported by The Cigar Life.com. Known for his quality blends with excellent construction, Seijas has worked with some of the most celebrated cigar brands over the years, including Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, and H. Upmann. Since his introduction to cigars at the Tabacalera de Garcia factory in La Romana in 1974, Seijas has become a true cigar legend, and is largely responsible for building Tabacalera de Garcia up to be the world’s largest cigar factory. Here’s wishing Mr. Seijas a happy retirement, hopefully, this industry icon is somewhere enjoying some well-deserved relaxation time with his family.
In other news, according to the U.K. Mirror, a cigar gifted to a British policeman by Winston Churchill will be sold this weekend for roughly £1,000. The cigar, a 7 inch “J Cuesta” was given to Detective Chief Inspector Brian Bateman during an official visit for which Bateman acted as head of security for ex-Prime Minister Churchill. Bateman had kept the item as a keepsake of the visit, and had placed it on display in his living room where it has remained since 1950. His family recently decided to sell the prized stogie after Bateman’s passing earlier this year. This marks the second “Churchill” cigar to be sold in recent years for big money, after the sale in 2010 of a half-smoked cigar belonging to Churchill that was left behind at a meeting in 1941, which fetched £4,500.