T** C**** S**
August 24, 2010
Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Churchill
Size : 7 x 48
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sungrown
Filler : Dominican Republic, Peru and Nicaragua
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$24 each
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.
March 21, 2015
I picked up a box of these on sale for $213 meaning I have a unit cost of $8.52. They are discounted as Davidoff has relaunched the brand of Winston Churchill in December 2014 with new logo and tobacco used. The new releases are very expensive, but the predecessor can be had at great prices. So long as they are properly stored over the past few years, you can’t go wrong if you appreciate a milder cigar.
December 24, 2013
Europeans enjoy mild cigars? Then it a serious irony of fate, that their cigar market is overwhelmingly comprised of strong cuban cigars. I guess this cigar would fill a serious niche over there. I think “occasional cigar smokers” are the ones who prefer milder sticks. For cigars maniacs such as myself, who smoke 2-3 premiums a day, and have done so for the last twenty years, I like strong cigars.
October 11, 2013
I am sitting in my armchair smoking a churchill marrakesh. When buying it I mixed it up with a havanna puros. But it is true. For the money I spent I prefer let’s say a Trinidad. But it was definitely a smoking pleasure togehter with a cabernet sauvignon ans mozart’s don giovanni
August 28, 2010
@Agent 8: I know…I know…not blaming you 😉 It’s just frustrating to see that manufacturers still think we in the EU only want mild(er) cigars compared to the US, which is not the case at all (IMO). But who am I…
T** C**** S** &****** A**** 8
August 27, 2010
Let’s see if I can hit up everyone here…
Ruud: The Davidoff rep actually said that to me. I thought it was a bit strange at the time. It would be interesting to see or do a study to see what the most popular cigars smoked in each country are.
Mike: I think my comment on being “overhyped” is that I had a few other Davidoff products awhile back that both friends and people who work in shops told me that “X” would blow me away, despite the price. It’s probably my bias in that regard.
Pappy: Would easily agree with the construction. And would say that about their other brands too.
I do sense sometime in the future doing another cigar (or more) of Davidoff’s to see if my bias can be broken…
M*** &****** K********
August 26, 2010
Nice look at this cigar! I doubt I will ever smoke one, just because of the price, but it does seem to fall right in line with my taste preferences! I also dont see much “hype” with Davidoff other than they cater to the higher income people. I would love to try a whole box of their cigars some time, just to see if each cigar does taste and burn the same, or if there will be a dud or 2 in the box 🙂
August 26, 2010
The quote below made me giggle:
“… He said that the target audience for this cigar was for the European market as they take to a more milder cigar…”
Right… perhaps that was the case 50 years ago! Stop living in the past.
Keep up the good work!
Ruud (from The Netherlands).
August 25, 2010
I enjoyed reading your review. I have 1 pretty big difference of opinion with you.
You say “when that company is Davidoff. I tend to think of two things when it comes to their cigars: overpriced and overhyped.”
The word Hype has never entered my mind when thinking of the Davidoff Brand. Davidoff puts out their product and states the price. If you can afford it and want it, you buy it. That is about as far from Hype as you can get.
The quality control on a Davidoff product is beyond compare.
The sample you smoked seemed perfectly constructed. The beauty of Davidoff is that every cigar in the box would be the same.
There is a lot to be said about that.
I do understand that you would spend your dollars differently.
August 25, 2010
I’ve been wanting to try these, but haven’t been able to put down the cash to buy one. Seems like I should probably skip it for the price.
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