So admittedly this review is in response to a commenter on a previous cigar review who called me 'scared' for not reviewing any lancero's or churchill cigars. I did some deep reflection and decided that maybe I was indeed scared of smoking a longer cigar.
Maybe it's because of the time commitment (hey, I'm a busy man) or that I won't like the cigar if I have to smoke it for such a long time?
I decided to take the plunge. My fellow founder, Ian, smoked a Nat Sherman Timeless Churchill at our local cigar lounge and told me he was really happy with it. So, Mr commenter, let's see if I can overcome my fear.
Pre-lit this cigar smells great. Foot contains tons of aroma and it smells like it's going to be a great medium smoke.
The first third of the cigar is great, which is saying a lot because I usually struggle liking the first third on many smokes. Lots of sweetness, some cedar, a tiny bit of espresso and spice. Long way to go on this churchill and the thirds are much bigger.
The second third starts to bring home the flavors. I finally tasted the citrus, the sweet and spicy comes full fruition. The cedar and espresso are really coming out. I used to call bullshit on these reviewers on most of these tastes, but as I really focus on the taste profiles, I'm starting to taste more and more. That or the placebo effect is real.
The last brings it home. This is a long smoke. Nicotine isn't crazy so that's a good thing for such a long smoke. Last third has a strong cedar and espresso type taste, the citrus isn't really there anymore.
Ash / Burn / Smoke / Draw
The smoke plumes are nice and big. The draw is fantastic. Not a single issue. The same with the burn. Fantastic burn throughout with 0 corrections.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this as your first churchill. Mild enough with a great flavor profile. Don't be afraid of the Churchill. Try it out!
|Nat Sherman Timeless
|Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
|Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A
|Iced Tea (unsweetened black)