Origin : Cuba
Format : Robusto
Size : 124 x 19.84 mm
Ring : 50
Box code : EST OCT 07
Price : ~$9 each
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I have been sitting on a 10 ct. box of these Short Churchills for over a year now. They tasted young and rather unimpressive to me when I first got them, so I gave them a little rest before this recent revisit.
A classy looking cigar with a deep Colorado shade wrapper and a well made triple cap. However, this cigar had an awkward boxpress, which made it seem flatter on one side. It had a toasty tobacco prelight smell.
Strangely enough, this was a tale of two cigars. The first half exhibited a perfect draw and even burn, and even held a long ash. Things went south in the second half though, as it just kept going out. The need for multiple relights caused the burn to stagger at this point.
This cigar was very woody at the beginning and developed a distinct floral taste as well about 1/2" in. The smoke texture was smooth and tasted of white pepper on the finish. It was medium in strength and the flavors stayed consitent from beginning to end. The depth of the flavors was impressive, though I'm not sure how much I liked the combination. I personally found the floral taste to be a turnoff.
This Short Churchill is pretty much priced right in line with most other Cuban robustos. Of course that price varies greatly from market to market.
Overall Rating :
I found this sample to be an improvement over the previous Short Churchill I had last winter in terms of smoothness and complexity. However, the floral taste seems to be a development of the aging process, as I don't recall tasting it before. I will probably let them sit another 6 months to a year to see how they change.