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The largest cigar ever made was the Punch "Gigante Anniversario Especiale," produced for the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the British satirical magazine, Punch.

Manuel Lopez had named his factory in 1840 after the magazine in an attempt to bring his cigars to the attention of the kind of unconventional young English gentlemen Punch attracted as readers. It was to further consolidate his hold over this fickle and undisciplined clientele that he conceived of the preposterous gimmick of making the world's largest cigar and having it smoked as a public spectacle. He cabled the magazine's editors and within a few weeks all the details were worked out. Work on the cigar began in 1878 and by the time it was unveiled in London's St. James Park two years later, it was 76 feet long with a ring size of 1762 (i.e. over two feet).

According to The Times of August 12, 1880, once the cigar was lit, it took 300 men smoking continuously in shifts of 9-10 each, 68 days, 13 hours and 34 minutes to "smoke the cigar down to the point where its taste turned bitter".

http://www.jdnetserv.com/holysmokes/worlds_largest_cigar.htm
 

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According to The Times of August 12, 1880, once the cigar was lit, it took 300 men smoking continuously in shifts of 9-10 each, 68 days, 13 hours and 34 minutes to "smoke the cigar down to the point where its taste turned bitter".

You forgot to mention that the smoke from this cigar "delayed the customary arrival of the Little Grebes and Blue-titted Bullfinches..." I hate it when that happens :rolleyes: .

Thanks for including the link - very interesting article. Still not sure if you won the contest yet.
 

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#1 If CA mag. would accept either one of these, they "may" be respectable. Their record cigar (last time I heard) was about 45'.

Frank in GA. has the "official" worlds record of 58' 4". I deal with Frank a couple times a year ;)

BUT Commander Quan's answer is what I am looking for.

Commander, PM me your info, and a package will be on it's way :D

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Wasn't this record broken last year at the 510th Anniversary in Havana??? I swear I remember hearing they rolled the world's record cigar there.
 

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*CUBAN ENTERS GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS WITH LONGEST CIGAR

Havana, February 2,2002 (RHC)--Cuban José Castelar Cairo, Friday, was
officially recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records for the
longest ever hand-rolled Havana cigar. Cairo, a cigar roller from
Havana, received the recognition for his 11-meter long cigar.

Accepting the Guinness World Record certificate for his unique
product, the smiling and now famous cigar roller told RHC that he was
surprised when the British Embassy in Havana called him to tell him
of the distinction.

"I wasn't expecting it," said 53-year old Cairo, adding he had not
made the cigar to compete with anyone. Cairo explained that hand
rolling the 11-meter long cigar had taken him nine days and enough
tobacco leaves to have produced some 1,200 gran coronas, presently
the largest of all Havana cigars.

The Havana cigar roller said he expected his Guinness World Record
cigar to attract visitors and buyers to his Morro Castle cigar, rum,
and coffee shop. He predicted that other Cubans would now see him as
an example and would work towards winning similar awards with other
products.

Cigar roller José Castelar Cairo received his official Guinness World
Record certificate from the British Ambassador in Cuba, Paul Hare,
for the longest cigar ever rolled during a ceremony Friday night at
Havana's Morro Castle.
 

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Whoa!

What a group of cigar trivia buffs you are.

My hats off to this group!
 
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