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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Chaveta Churchill
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Michael Preston (StogieDad)
88
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 Southern Tier Pumpking

Pre-Light: 19 Points of 10 Possible

A very nice looking cigar.  The wrapper is oily and mottled, reminding me of a vintage leather book.  The fill is even and firm, and the smell out of the cello is a very heavy barnyard, earthy note.  There are some light veins and the seams are visible but smooth.  I punched the cap on this one, just because that was what was handy, with no problems.  The band is fairly simple and not overdone, just a picture of a chaveta below the wording, standard size.  Refreshing in this time of two or even three bands that show off none of the cigar.

Light & Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

The initial light went fine, starting with an even orange glow.  The burn line for the first half did require a couple of light touch-ups, but only to keep it pretty.  The second half straightened out and gave no more trouble.  Smoke was thick and lingering, and the ash was dense, holding on about an inch at a time.  No flaking at all, which is nice.  Smoke a bit faster than I expected, as I didn’t measure, but the ring looked a bit larger than advertised, so I expected a two hour smoke.  It was more like an hour and fifteen to an hour and a half.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

All in all, this is a well built cigar.  A thick, sturdy wrapper coupled with an even, skilled fill from the roller create a premium cigar without any doubt.  I have had this in a Corona Gorda, and I thought the larger ring gauge with a nice open draw really worked well for this blend.  Other than a slightly faster than expected burn, there really is nothing to complain about construction wise.

Flavor: 29 Points of 45 Possible

Initially, the earthy barnyard note from the pre-light carried on, and while it diminished a bit moving on, earthy, almost soil, was a dominant player throughout the smoke.  About an inch in, there is some pepper along with a kind of we wood note, and then boom, a grilled steak note that I love in a cigar.  Blending with the pepper in the first third or so, I am in heaven.  The middle third sees the meat note back down a bit, but it is still there.  However, now it is back to the earthy, damp note.  I didn’t find much change in the finish, although I was begging for the steak note to pop again.  It was there, but just overshadowed by the other flavors.

Although the dark wrapper had me preparing for a strong smoke, I didn’t find this one ever got past medium.  It was very smooth and balanced.  The one majore shift in flavors for me wasn’t in the right direction, as I was hoping for more of that grilled meat note, but what was left was certainly good.  


Summary

The thing I liked most about this cigar is while the flavors presented may have been some you have had, it was a unique profile.  I don’t know if damp wood is a good description, but as a background note it was unique and played well against the peppery steak note.  If the first third had hung around the entire smoke, I would have graded even higher, but this cigar certainly has a place in my humidor as I always enjoy something that isn’t the same as everything else I smoke.  And fairly priced, I think Mark has a winner on his hands with these, I would definitely recommend trying them out.



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