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#Nowsmoking: Rafael Gonzalez Churchill

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#nowsmoking @famoussmokeshop: The Rafael Gonzalez Churchill offers a long, smooth, and mellow smoke with dominant notes of cedar, nuts and a pinch of sweet spice.

Factory: General Cigar, Honduras
Size: 7″ x 52
Strength: Medium
Wrapper: U.S. Connecticut Shade
Binder: U.S. Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Honduras, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Dominant Flavors: Cashew nuts, cedar, sweet spice

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Where it’s at: A cashew nut cold draw precedes a creamy, toasty, and nutty start. The smoke is very mellow upfront, but this lengthy cigar takes awhile to hit the sweet spot. Once there, the dense, creamy smoke is mostly toasty with a nutty-cedary layer and a pinch of sweet spice. More piquant flavors are revealed in the last act, and the woodiness is more defined. Despite its size, this is a terrific starter cigar. Outdoor conditions may affect burn time, but my Churchill smoked indoors for 2½ hours.

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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.

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