Over the weekend from 2nd to 4th of September 2016,  the Cigar Smoking World Championship took place in Split, Croatia. It was a weekend of festivities and cigars’ events, culminating with the 7th Cigar Smoking World Championship on Saturday afternoon in the Grand Ballroom of the Radisson Blu hotel.

The CSWC 2016 was sponsored by : Bespoke Cigars (Founder,  Jeremy Casdagli) with 2 limited editions “The Mareva Especial”and the “Bespoke Basilica C #1 Maduro, Cigar Journal (Owner and Editor in Chief, Reinhold Widmayer), Havana Club Rum Union (World  Ambassador, Alexandr Gorokhovskiy), Nadalina Pralines (Local chocolate producer from Split), Cuervo y Sobrinos (Maria Luisa Giannini),  Arileo, Biartis, Ana Kujundic, MAK and Lendenko (Croatian designers brands), Helsinki Kirja Cigar Club (President, Petteri Patjas),  Daniel Kalcich from Golden Smoke Atelier,  “Seagull II” (yacht).
Chivas on behalf of Pernod Ricard, the global sponsor of this prestigious event.

This year’s winner of the Cigar Smoking World Championship was Mirko Giotto from Switzerland with a final time of 2 hours, 32 minutes and 8 seconds. Mirko Giotto is a great friend of Club Mareva and owner of El Sueno Cigars. Since he won the title of the World Champion in the imperial city of Split, emperor Diocletian came himself to give him the title.

In second place came Tomasz Žotadkiewicz from Poland with time of 2 hours, 27 minutes and 1 second. One of the this year`s favorites, Darren Cioffi from USA, came third, with a time of 2 hours, 26 minutes and 10 seconds. The best placed woman was Anna Platonova from Russia, with a time of 1 hour, 51 minute and 30 seconds.

Both male and female winners received commemorative watches, made just for this occassion by Cuervo y Sobrinos watch company. First three places were also given a bottle of Chivas Regal 25, on behalf of Pernod Ricard, global sponsor of the festival. Winner was also given priceless humidor gift from Daniel Kalcich from Golden Smoke Atelier, Macanudo Cigars from Scandinavian Tobacco Group.

The winners were also rewarded with a box of new Macanudo Inspirado cigars, sponsored by Scandinavian Tobacco Group. This mareva sized cigar in 2016. replaced the Montecristo No. 4 as competitive cigar and will be competitive cigar for the next three years.

Cigar weekend in Split was a perfect combination of history, tradition, finest Mediterranean cousine, best domestic wines, luxury and above everything sincere friendship. It’s the reason why people come back every year!