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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Chaveta Churchill
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Sebastien (Mojo66)
81
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 Water

Pre-Light: 19 Points of 10 Possible

This cigar looks great. The wrapper is very dark, very oily. Seems very well constructed, invisible seam and very few small veins. It feels well packed except for a 3/4 of an inch soft spot below the band.

Straight cut is eventless and the rest of the cap stays in place.

Pre-light aromas of leather, chocolate and coffee. I'd swear I also discern something "barnyardish" there. Did not get that with the other vitolas I smoked.

Light & Burn: 11 Points of 15 Possible

Lighting is ok, a small spot gives me more trouble but eventually I get it completely lit. The ash is flaky and does not hold for very long. The burn starts OK but soon requires touch ups, two of them major, but no tunneling or anything of that sort. Just felt a bit as if I was battling to keep this one lit and producing smoke.

Really have to try and pace myself as this stick is prone to heating up and becoming soft. Since I have to really pull on it to get any kind of smoke, I'm in a bit of a circle.

Construction: 20 Points of 30 Possible

Either a very tightly rolled specimen or just gravely over humidified. It had spent more than 3 weeks in a 65% box, same box that housed two others of the same line that I did smoke and had very nice experiences with. And although they all had somewhat of a tight draw to start with, they both opened up after a few puffs and created decent amounts of smoke. Not this one.

The draw was much too tight from the get go. I tried giving it wider and wider cuts, used everything I know, every trick in the book but nothing did it, the draw remained real tight.

Flavor: 31 Points of 45 Possible

First Third started lower specter of a medium body. It had little pepper or spice, a bit more through the nose. The finish was long with a smooth feeling in my mouth. Wood, chocolate and coffee were predominant but the barnyard of the cold draw started to point its (ugly) head. Smoke production wasn't ideal but these flavors were still coming thru.

The Second Third began with the pepper and spice disappearing almost completely from the profile. I could only still barely feel them on the retrohale. The smoke still not plentiful but it felt like it wanted to be the kind of smoke I like, rich and creamy. Some sweetness (Honey?) joins in and that is always welcomed in small doese. Leather is pointing too. I really like this flavor profile. Am I crazy, I feel an almost minty feeling on my tongue and it’s not bad at all, very curious to find out if others got that as well?

Final Third the stick is getting very warm and soft and although I am pacing myself, smoke is getting a bit harsh. The flavors are overwhelmed by the harshness and I’m left with not much. I think I can still taste leather, coffee and wood. The sweetness is gone and the smoke is no longer creamy or oily, it’s just dry. I let it go with a little more than 1½ inch left, smoke and cigar are both very hot now and the smoke is not pleasant.

Summary

Poor smoke production, a real tight draw, poor burn and a very warm cigar all got together to kinda ruin MY experience with this Churchill, but I still like the flavor profile and, to me at least, it could be a nice medium strength stick with flavor and a little complexity.

This stick, at times, reminded me very much of some CCs I enjoy, same can be said of the other sizes I smoked. I really truly enjoyed the Robusto of the same line and the Toro was good too. I still have one more to smoke, thanks to Mark and I think I’ll want to smoke more of these in a very near future. Good that we know who owns the brand ;-)

I gave this one an 81 but it would have been higher had the specimen behaved better. In comparison, I gave the Robusto an 89 and the Toro an 87.



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