I smoked this cigar Monday on my way home from a database final. Lets just say that it was a very cold drive due to the fact I had to have a window down to let the smoke out of. But the cigar went better than the final did so all’s well that ends well.
The H. Upmann churchill is a good looking cigar with only one slightly raised vein. It looks well constructed.
I should also note that I had nothing to drink while I smoked this cigar.
Length: 5 5/8″
Ring Gauge: 46
Wrapper: Indonesia, USA/Connecticut
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Filler: Brazil, Dom. Rep.
[Editor’s Note: type in www.sulcubano.com and you get redirected to cigar.com’s website. Does this mean that cigar.com owns the brand? I don’t know.]
Ring Gauge: 47
Binder & Filler: Nicaragua and Honduras
Approximate Price: $5.75
Decent construction – there are a couple of stretch marks on the cigar which makes me worry about how well the cigar will draw because, if a cigar is rolled too tightly there is an increased chance that the draw will be tight. There are also some raised veins and the color of the cigar is medium brown.
Ring Gauge: 48
Wrapper: Nicaragua (corojo)
Filler: Nicaragua, Dom. Rep.
Approximate Price: $9.00
Alright, this is a fairly expensive cigar so it better be good!
Looks like a very well made cigar and it has a good amount of oils. There really isn’t anything not to like about the way this thing looks. Perfect.
Full disclosure: Usually I drink Wild Turkey and a Cherry Coke when I smoke a cigar. Tonight, I am drinking a Ricardo’s Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic. I went to BevMo looking to see how large their selection of whiskey is nowadays, which is paltry, and bought a six pack of Bear Republic beer. The flavors of this beer are fairly strong (supposedly it got 95 points from some group though).
Now onto the cigar!
Ring Gauge: 48
Wrapper: Dominican Cameroon
Approximate Price: $7.00
I am not sure if reading certain parts of War and Peace is a good idea before smoking a cigar. Reading about the deaths of half, HALF!, the Russian and French armies at Boradino doesn’t really get me in the mood to enjoy a fine cigar. Oh well, I soldier on!
I love these cigars. They are my favorite and this is the only cigar I have bought a whole box of. It isn’t the best cigar ever, I’ve smoked better ones. But there is just something about it that I love. And they do score well, each time I have smoked one I have given them a score of 88 to 91. Not too shabby.
Now onto this cigar. It has a hole in the wrapper! And the foot seems a little poorly constructed too. The cigar isn’t really oily but it’s got enough oils on it. I’m sure it is fine. The rest of the cigar looks good and delicious. I hope that looks aren’t deceiving for this cigar.
Just lit this cigar and I am a little worried about it. The draw is tight and the burn is uneven.
Whew! After about a half inch this ship gets righted. There is now tons of smoke and a good helping of spice. Like all the cigars from Fuente’s Gran Reserva line this is a borderline full bodied cigar. Just perfect if you ask me. It has well balanced flavors and is a smooth smoke.
This cigar has been in my humidor for nearly a year now. It’s one of the last from the box. I wouldn’t wait so long the next time I get some of these cigars but I think I have another few months before the flavors really start to die in these cigars. Basically, smoke them before eighteen months is up.
Halfway through the cigar does mellow out. Probably as a result of its aging in the humidor for a year. Great flavors. I already mentioned spice but there is also some leathery notes and a strong earthiness to this cigar. It is a warm, maybe even dry smoke.