To be honest, I bought these Vudu Blood No. 9 sticks because they came in a fancy container that my girlfriend wanted. The cigars got good ratings so I figured why not. When the cigars arrived, I gave the container to my girlfriend, and put the cigars in my humidor. I was simply blown away on the first sampling. The No. 9 is larger than my normal form factor, I like Robusto size, and these are Churchill size. They ve got a rich, dark cover, and smell great. The burn is good and flavor is full without being strong. The beginning is mellow, increasing in intensity throughout the burn. There are a lot of complex flavors, that migrate through the burn. It s a most enjoyable cigar.