Biography Cosima M. Aichholzer
In addition to her love of art, travelling and cooking, the author has had, for more than 20 years, a passion for the world of cigars and the lifestyle that surrounds them. Cosima shares her knowledge and experience with fellow aficionados and hotels in the creation of top Cigar Lounges and in the organisation of exclusive Cigar Dinners around the world.
In the 2016 Cigar Smoking World Championship, Cosima was crowned UK champion and new world record holder in the women’s slow smoking category y with a time of 2 hours, 9 minutes and 6 seconds. ‘For me, smoking a cigar is like opening a good bottle of wine. Every cigar is unique – feel it, look at it, smell it, taste it and listen.’
“It is the inner tranquility and relaxation that cigar smokers radiate which has captivated me since my childhood. The first cigar aficionado I encountered was my beloved grandfather. He was a man dedicated to pleasure and by taking the time to pause with a cigar he found what I consider to be true quality of life. The desire to maintain and enhance our lives in this way unites cigar smokers around the world. In my book, THE CIGAR WORLD, I will introduce you to interesting and highly regarded personalities of the cigar world, as well as offer an insight into a dazzling and international microcosm which on closer observation seems almost like a family to me. The opening chapter deals with TOP CIGAR BRANDS and their histories. Spearheading these producers are experts and enthusiasts who live to create the perfect cigar. I then explore the world’s most FAMOUS CIGAR SHOPS. Some of these have existed for generations, whilst others have opened in recent years and have been fabulously designed. The current trend for CIGAR LOUNGES has given birth to some wonderful creations around the world. In the course of researching this book, I was fortunate enough to visit over 100 lounges. I present here some of the most beautiful and interesting from that esteemed group. In CIGAR LIFESTYLE, I focus on the most beautiful things that surround the pleasure of cigar smoking. The cigar has made its appearance in the world of art and gastronomy, as well. I am delighted to include a special by … top Chef? Anton Mosimann for the book created tobacco and a unique Roberto Cavalli photograph of his beloved Zino Cigar. After a short introduction into the Cigar Etiquette, finally, I let several international cigar connoisseurs have their say. The interviews and photo shoots in INTERNATIONAL CIGAR AFICIONADOS were not only entertaining to produce, but also very informative (full interviews on thecigarworld.net). A coffee table book on such a varied, multi-layered topic cannot claim to be exhaustive. Nevertheless, I promise you a glimpse into a truly distinctive and magical world.
Let yourself be seduced!
Cosima M. Aichholzer