Origin : USA
Format : Churchill
Size : 7 x 50
Wrapper : Sumatra
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : $214.99 for a box of 25
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Thank you to Cuban Crafters for providing me with a sampler to try.
The cigars are rolled by a team of 10 rollers in Miami, rather than at Cuban Crafters' main facility in Nicaragua. This line seems to be the most premium offered by Cuban Crafters and has earned some nice reviews around the web, so I was looking forward to giving them a try.
My problem here is the unappealing musty smell at cold. This cigar was in my humidor for a month, which improved its smell from when I first received it, but it was still off-putting. I guess this isn't technically part of the appearance of the cigar, but I need to lump it in somewhere. Other than that it was an attractive cigar. The Colorado Claro shade wrapper was uniform in color and this stick sported a very well made triple cap. A classy looking cigar, though the label may look too big on a smaller size.
This cigar was well made overall. It had an excellent draw and burn, though it did need a couple of relights
This churchill started off mild with a slight sweetness, but not much else in terms of flavor. Some woodiness crept in as the first half progressed. By the time I reached the midpoint I would describe this cigar as pleasant, but boring. However, this cigar became more complex in the second half, but also became a little harsher. The wood taste stayed, but its sweetness was replaced with pepperyness. It also moved from mild to medium strength in the second half.
This cigar retails for around $8-$9, which is a pretty significant price tag. In my opinion, it just doesn't offer enough to really be worth the price. However, if you are a big fan of mild cigars you may very well feel differently.
Overall Rating :
I found this cigar to be surprisingly complex for a mild stick. I like how it kept things interesting with a flavor change in the midsection. If it were cheaper I might be inclined to give it a 4/5. I didn't like these enough for a box buy, but I would definitely recommend them for a try.