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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Chaveta Churchill
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Jay (Otter)
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 Unsweetened Ice Tea

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 10 Possible

This was a nice looking stick with a dark chocolate wrapper, tight visible seams with minimal veins. It has a single large cap. The pre-light aroma was a nice tobacco with a hint of sweetness. The pre-light draw was earthy and with some resistance.

Light & Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

The larger single cap made for an easy cut. The stick toasted up nicely and burned evenly after one touch up in the first third. The initial ash held on only for a about an inch but looked to be very tight. This trend held for the remainder of the smoke; although, a bit flaky. I have no major complaints as the burn was cool and the flavor was great.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

The stick is very firm with zero defects. The draw was a little tight initially but opened up after the first third. After opening up it had a great smoke output. It maintained its firm and tight construction to the nub.

Flavor: 31 Points of 45 Possible

In the first few puffs I got hit with that tobacco sweetness I picked up on the cold draw. It quickly transitioned to an earthier flavor with hints of leather which lingered for a bit. There is a hint of pepper that definitely stands out on the retrohale. At the midpoint it transitioned to a woody/cedar profile with a nice leathery flavor that lingers on the palate. This profile remained to the nub.

Summary

After receiving the Chaveta a little over three weeks ago, I left the stick at 65% RH until I pulled it out to smoke. It was a medium to full body building to full strength in the last third. Total burn time was right at an hour. This is a very enjoyable smoke and I can’t wait to try the other vitolas.



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