Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sungrown
Filler : Dominican Republic, Peru and Nicaragua
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$15-18 each
More info about purchasing Winston Churchill Marrakesh cigars...
Winston Churchill is a line of cigars produced by Davidoff in the Dominican Republic. It is supported by Sir Winston Churchill's grandson. 4 different vitolas are produced and each one's name is related to a certain important event in the life of the famous Prime Minister. Marrakesh is a 6x50 toro; it appears that Sir Winston loved this city for its sunny weather and the special inspiration it gave to him. I purchased my specimen in Paris and smoked it straight away in a café nearby.
The Marrakesh has this royal look that people at Davidoff know to create. The Ecuadorian Sungrown wrapper has a pure brown color and doesn't sport any imperfections. The double band looks terrific. The cigar has a faint stable smell.
I would have given 4 stars to another cigar, but I expect a flawless construction from anything Davidoff-made. First of all, I found the draw to be tighter than necessary although it didn't affect my pleasure much. Furthermore, the ash was quite instable and unexpectedly fell at ~1 inch.
Upon lighting, the first bouquet is spicy sweet. It lasts for a few minutes, then the cigar becomes gentle and I can make out soft, smooth flavors of latte and nuts. In the second third, the basic yet pleasant tobacco and cedar flavors take over, however there is some obvious sweetness in the bouquet. The power swiftly increases, but not to the point where I can call it a medium-bodied smoke. The last third was less interesting to me because the sweetness almost disappeared, supplanted by strong tobacco notes.
As usual, I can't do a Davidoff cigar review without complaining about its price. The $17 price tag is quite a turn-off... One can find a better smoke for the money.
Overall Rating :
Winston Churchill Marrakesh is not a bad smoke, but I was expecting a bit better, some more complexity in the last third definitely wouldn't hurt the overall impression. On the other hand, I was truly blown away by the second third. To finish with, I don't think that you should specifically look for this line in your shops, but it might be a nice idea to pick one up to try.