Reading Time: 3 minutes For this review, Gary takes the Alec Bradley Black Market Estelí Punk for a taste drive. Currently the smallest vitola in the top-rated line, this “short smoke,” with its Nicaraguan-forward blend, was full of surprises. Watch now.
Casa Torano Churchill
Casa Toraño Churchill Cigar
Attractive light brown wrapper, evenly rolled with very few veins. Good cap. Tobacco is evenly packed throughout.Cigar lit up evenly and burned clean exposing a white & light grey marble ash that was a little on the flaky side. The smoke was very creamy and drew easily starting out with a sweet, mild taste, very much like a Macanudo but later bloomed into a very flavorful medium-bodied cigar. The cigar smoked consistently down the line. My sample burned a little less evenly than I expected at first (the cigar was a little on the moist side), but evened out beautifully by the 1/2-way mark. Overall, this cigar was well-balanced, and improved in flavor as it smoked, with a long, semi-dry finish and rich cedar wood aroma. Excellent. I give this one an 88.
(Tasted at the 2004 RTDA Show)