Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Churchill
Size : 7 x 48
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sungrown
Filler : Dominican Republic, Peru and Nicaragua
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$24 each
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My name is Agent 8. My mission was to review the Winston Churchill. As an asset of The Cigar Spy agency, I promise to respect the A.S.H.E.S. code of honor. The information below is my debrief.
Created in honor of Sir Winston Churchill, Davidoff and Winston S. Churchill (grandson) put together this blend with the concept that Winston appreciated the best and finest in life. Blenheim Palace was the location of both Winston Churchill’s birth and marriage.
This cigar definitely had me a bit torn. Any company that goes out and names their cigar after one of the world’s most respected leaders (and who happened to smoke an average of 15 cigars a day) and gets the blessing from the grandson of said leader is probably putting out an excellent product. However, when that company is Davidoff, I tend to think of two things when it comes to their cigars: overpriced and overhyped. Even still, interrogation was inevitable for a cigar named one of my favorite people of history.
The cigar itself had no imperfections or problems with its appearance. And to my fingertips, it felt correctly rolled throughout its length. The double band, gold ornamented with maroon touches, really gave this cigar an elegant, attractive look.
Using a cutter and my butane lighter, my first draw was met with a very minimal amount of resistance. The first thought I had when it came to describing the flavors was simple: mild. An easy-going, pleasant strength to start this cigar, something that anyone could enjoy. Perhaps even a slight creaminess to the overall taste. I was informed by the Davidoff rep I met recently that the mild start to this cigar is because of the Ecuadorian tobacco. He said that the target audience for this cigar was for the European market as they take to a more milder cigar.
As the cigar pushed towards the end of the first half of its lifespan, the strength began to increase. A much more pointed tobacco flavor arose moving into the second half. And into the last third of the cigar, a hint of spice hit the palette, making it a nice counterpoint to what the beginning of the cigar offered.
Expect a two to two and a half hour smoke time. No retouches or relights were needed as the cigar had an even burn. The ash however, did surprise me with a few gifts of ash on my lap and front my shirt, so keep that in the back of your mind.
While I am not a big fan of milder cigars, I did enjoy this cigar, especially starting at the halfway point on. However, I did not like the price. Not one bit. It really kills the cigar. If this cigar was about $12-16 cheaper, I would recommend this in a heartbeat and would smoke these with regularity. If you have the money to burn and enjoy milder cigars and/or the Davidoff brand, you’ll love this. If you are more price conscious, look elsewhere as you can find a similar cigar for much cheaper.