Cigar Review: Winston Churchill by Davidoff Lancaster Mini Belicoso
Cutter used: V-type
Pre-light: The cold draw was very mild and nondescript.
Paired with: Mocha coffee and smoked in the morning.
First puffs: Very mellow and creamy with a nutty flavor.
Aroma: Sweet and mellow
Retrohale: Very light with virtually no sting in the nostrils during early stages. Had a little more zest near the middle, but still creamy. Like passing a cloud through my nose. Once into the second half it turned much more pepper, but was not harsh.
Burn & Ash: The cigar lit perfectly across. The burn was very clean, forming a firm grey/black marble ash.
Base flavors: Cedar, cream and sweet tobacco. The sweetness was likely enhanced by the Pelo de Oro. (Spanish for "golden hair," this is a wonderfully sweet-tasting leaf when cured right.)
General assessment: The cigar started out extremely mild at the start; very smooth, but nothing "powerful" about it at this point. It went very well paired with the coffee. At its midpoint the cigar started to ramp up a bit in flavor revealing earthier and sweeter flavors with some sweet spices in the mix.
Summary: Overall, a nice smooth, relaxing smoke that's very creamy and aromatic. The last act offered the most flavor, which was mainly that of sweet cedar. I expected this cigar to be a little more complex. However, the juices didn't really flow until the last couple of inches, which is where it hit its full-flavor mark. Though I don't usually smoke small cigars, this was one of the better cigars I've had in this size. Moreover, I enjoyed it enough to smoke down to the last inch and can definitely recommend it. The price is not all that unreasonable either.
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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.Show all Gary Korb's Articles