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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Chaveta Churchill
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Brian (bmac7754)
89
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Vendor sponsored Geek Critique.  Up for review this time is the Chaveta Churchill.  This critique has been generously sponsored by Mark Just of  Tower Pipes & Cigars.

Length:
7
Ring Gauge:
48
Country Manufactured:
Dominican Republic
Filler:
Dominican Republic
Nicaragua
Binder:
Secret
Wrapper:
Brazil
Color:
Maduro
Strength:
Medium-Full
Shape:
Churchill

This cigar was enjoyed with Pumpkin Hot Coffee

Pre-Light: 19 Points of 10 Possible

This has a dark oily wrapper with a band almost the same color that just blends in with the cigar.  The feel is hard and has lumpy texture especially from the foot to about half way up.  Small veins run wild and a large vein wraps the entire cigar as well and really stands out as the vein is almost black in color.
The aroma is rich with cedar and earth and really picked up the aroma of the humidor as if it was aged for a long period.  I have had it for about 3 weeks but not sure how old it may be.  The cap cut off cleanly leaving nice crisp edges.  


Light & Burn: 11 Points of 15 Possible

The lighting took a little time to catch evenly but nothing out of the ordinary.  I did experience a burn issue during the second third where the burn line was waving around but corrected itself once I hit the last third.  The other thing I noticed is if left unattended too long, it tried to put itself out.  .
The ash was thick and on the darker gray side in color which holds on for about 1-1/2 inches at a time before I knocked it off.  Even in the ashtray the ash stayed a solid clump.  As far as smoke output, I would say it’s a medium volume.  


Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

This has a weird construction to it.  Its appearance with the lumps and many veins kind of leaves you wondering how good this is going to be.  As they say don’t judge a book by its cover applies to this cigar as well.  Despite the odd look, it was rolled without seams, nice pack with the tobacco, cap was perfect, and a nice draw with just the right amount of resistance.

Flavor: 31 Points of 45 Possible

First Third - This cigar opened up right away with a spicy pepper that really bites the tongue. After about 10 minutes into it the spice backs off but not entirely gone, and now noticing a nutty wood flavor mixed with cedar.

Second Third -   During the middle of this cigar I was picking up on a stronger cedar flavor, some natural tobacco accents, and a light pepper on the finish.  It almost felt like it was leaving a coating within the mouth.

Final Third -  Winding down to the nub, the flavors seem to change to a dark cedar, leather, at times hints of cocoa and the enjoyable light pepper background.  The strength too also seems to have kicked up a notch of too.


Summary

Overall I was very pleased with this cigar.  Despite its odd appearance, the burn and flavors really work well with this blend.  It has nice smoke outputs, strengths, and a relaxing 90 minutes smoking time.  
I have had the smaller size in this line which was not as good as this larger stick.  




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