Cromwell - Full English
England's Oliver Cromwell held the title, "Lord Protector
of the Realm," until his death in 1658. Though he ruled,
he was not of royal birth, and it's this fact which led to the
use of his name for this great tobacco.
Ken McConnell's name was well known to European smokers who had
enjoyed Davidoff's Royalty for years before the company had a
presence in the USA. Each tin had an insert card which described
the time Mr. McConnell and Mr. Davidoff got together to create
the perfect smoking mixture. If they didn't quite achieve their
goal - and I'm not saying they didn't - they came as close as
anyone ever has!
Simply put, Cromwell is Royalty. We mean the tobacco, not the
Cromwell / Royalty was included in the E&C range at the insistence
of the US importers. They had "discovered" the mixture
in Switzerland some years earlier and could often be heard lamenting
its unavailability in the USA. When face to face with the
Mr. McConnell of Royalty fame, they cajoled, pleaded and finally
threatened bodily harm to have this magnificent mixture included
in the E&C range. Ken finally relented. The rationale was
simple...there was no Royalty in the USA. Cromwell was needed!
We meant the tobacco, not the man!
Davidoff now has a substantial presence in the USA, and Royalty
is still available, though it hasn't been made in London since
McConnell closed. With the few tins available in this offering,
a handful of smokers have the possibility of trying one of the
great tobaccos in its original - London - form.
As with all the tobaccos in the Elephant & Castle range,
tins of "Cromwell" were hand blended in the McConnell
factory on Barking Road in London, England. They are at least
13 years old. For more information on E&C, please click: