Cigar Review: Davidoff Winston Churchill

Cigar Review: Davidoff Winston Churchill

Davidoff A.G.
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador (Rojiza)
Binder: Mexico (San Andres)
Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
Size: 6 7/8” x 47
Strength: mild-medium to medium
Price: $17.90

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Overall Rating: 9.0

The original Davidoff Winston Churchill, which was released back in 2007, seemed to have lost some of its luster lately, so it seemed about time for Davidoff to do a little rebranding. The new Davidoff Winston Churchill is a little stronger, a little more complex and a little more in line with the overall Davidoff look. While the original was a very good mild cigar, the new Winston Churchill is a great mild-medium bodied cigar. The new Winston Churchill is a high-end cigar worth giving a try.

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Pre-Light: The new Davidoff Winston Churchill is a great looking cigar. Although I like the old band a bit better, the new white and gold brand bring the Winston Churchill in line with the rest of the White Label line. An outline of Winston Churchill smoking a cigar appears in gold on the white band, and it reminiscent of the image at the opening of the old Alfred Hitchcock Presents television show. Against the white and gold band, the Ecuadorian Rojiza wrapper stands out with its brown paper bag color. There are few noticeable veins to the cigar’s smooth and oily wrapper.

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There’s a mix of oak, nutmeg and hay scents from the Ecuadorian Rojiza wrapper. Aromas of nutmeg, graham cracker, cedar, cinnamon and nuts come from the unlit foot of the Davidoff Winston Churchill. The cold draw allows through flavors of leather, nutmeg, cedar and graham cracker.

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Burn: The Davidoff Winston Churchill is a fast burning cigar, but the burn is even from start to finish. A fairly easy draw allows through massive amounts of smoke.

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Flavor: Right from the start, the Davidoff Winston Churchill is full of flavor. There are notes of roasted almonds, oak, grass and creamy vanilla to the early part of the first third of the cigar. A very mild black pepper occurs on the finish. Black and white pepper, grass and cedar occur on the retrohale to various degrees. At the transition to the final third of the cigar, coffee notes begin to join the prominent roasted almond note in the foreground of the flavor profile. The second thirds has a wonderful mix of almonds, coffee, cedar, sweet vanilla, mild grass, as well as black and white pepper. At the transition to the final third of the cigar, a variety of nut flavors begin to occur, including salted peanuts, roasted almonds, cashews and pine nuts. During the last third of the Winston Churchill the coffee flavor mingles with the mix of nutty flavor to for the primary notes of the flavor profile. On occasion, a powdered cocoa makes an appearance during the final third of the cigar. Leather, oak, cedar and hay round out the flavors of the last third of the Winston Churchill. This is a very flavorful cigar.

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Overall: I was a fan of the original Winston Churchill, so I was a little worried when Davidoff announced that the Winston Churchill was going to become part of the White Label line, but like most things Davidoff does it worked out quite well. There is a good deal of flavor and complexity to this mild-medium to medium bodied cigar. This is a great cigar for those who want something on the milder side, but don’t want to sacrifice flavor. Personally, I enjoyed the new Davidoff Winston Churchill even more than I did the original.

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Pairing: The Davidoff Winston Churchill pairs very well with a peaty single malt such as the Ardbeg 10, Lagavulin 16 or Laphroig Quarter Cask.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)