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#nowsmoking: Famous Nicaraguan Selection 6000 Churchill

#nowsmoking: Famous Nicaraguan Selection 6000 Churchill Cigar Review

Factory: TABSA – Estelí, Nicaragua
Size: 7×50
Strength: Full
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo 99 (Jalapa)
Binder/Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo (Jalapa & Estelí)
MSRP per cigar: $3.80 (at press time)

As Jared pointed out in the video, the back story on these Nicaraguan 6000 vitolas is a short one. Famous Smoke Shop has been stocking these top selling Nicaraguan bundle cigars to uninterrupted applause for years. Recently, the factory source changed to one of the hottest artisanal cigar makers in Nicaragua – Aganorsa Leaf. Using a blend of prime Corojo and Criollo tobaccos grown on their Estelí and Jalapa estate farms and rolled by their skilled torcedores, these seconds promise a whole new level of quality and flavor for the selection.

#nowsmoking Famous Nicaraguan Selection 6000 cigar review by Gary Korb
#nowsmoking @famoussmokeshop: Bold, full-flavored and smooth, the Famous Nicaraguan 6000 Churchill offers the best attributes of an Aganorsa-made box selection at an affordable bundle price.

The line is presented in bundles of 20 cigars, in four sizes:

Excellently. OK, these are seconds, so maybe the wrappers are a bit off in color, but between my Churchill and Jared’s Toro, we found little or nothing to complain about appearance-wise. The tobaccos were well-packed, and the caps neatly applied for the most part. Once clipped, the draw was just right offering cold notes of leather and a little saltiness.

Like the best of ’em. Both of our cigars smoked beautifully and offered a lot of the same base flavors of leather, wood, earth, sweet spices, and white pepper. We also picked up some baker’s cocoa in the latter stages, and Jared even got some coffee notes.

The burn was one of the best parts of this cigar from end-to-end. Both cigars were just about perfect in revealing even burn lines and conical ashes that defied gravity.

The retro offered some peppery spice but was far from nose curling.

Once the cigar settled-in at about the 3/4-inch mark, the flavors provided excellent balance and consistency to the nub, which never turned bitter. Most impressive, to say the least.

Full bodied, full-flavored, and exceptionally smooth. Not overly complex, but there are enough appealing flavors swimming in the smoke to make this cigar extremely satisfying.

Jared paired his Toro with a Yuengling Black & Tan, while I stuck with my coffee. Based on the quality of the cigar and the fullness of its body, this cigar would go equally well with bourbon. Or for wine buffs, a Malbec or Shiraz. But if you want something that’s more in line with Nic 6000’s small price tag, there’s a red wine I like that would go great with it named Cantina Zaccagnini. It’s a Montepulciano that’s reasonably dry, and very reasonably priced. (Hint: If you ask the guy at the wine shop for the Italian “stick wine,” he’ll know what you’re talking about.)

You can find more cigar and drink pairing combinations here.

Bundle shmundle— Yes! Although it may run a bit heady for the newly initiated, cigar smokers who love rich-tasting Nicaraguan cigars, not to mention Aganorsa devotees, will love the overall performance, not to mention the price of these puros.


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