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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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