Cigar Review: David P. Ehrlich Tremont Churchill

Cigar Review: David P. Ehrlich Tremont Churchill

MLB Cigar Ventures
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador (Sumatra)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua & Dominican Republic
Size: 7” x 47
Strength: medium
Price: $10.95

Overall Rating: 9.3

The David P. Ehrlich cigar takes its name from a historic Boston area tobacconist. To create the David P. Ehrlich Tremont Mike Bellody’s MLB Cigar Ventures teamed up with Ernesto Perez Carrillo and MLB’s National Sales Manager, Barry MacDonald whose family owned David P. Ehrlich’s for nearly 40 years before the shop’s eventual closing. The cigar they’ve released, the David P. Ehrlich Tremont is a great cigar with a unique flavor profile, that is bound to bring new fans to the MLB brand. While it may be a bit hard to find until more people know about it, this medium bodied cigar is definitely worth seeking out.

Pre-Light: The David P. Ehrlich Tremont Churchill is a classy cigar. It just looks classy. The brown leather color of the Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper brings to mind the leather chairs of a classic cigar lounge. The mustard, burgundy and black band has the look of a bygone era of cigars. In the 7” x 47 Churchill vitola the classy classic appeal of the cigar is only enhanced.

There is little aroma other than a pleasant woodsy sweetness to the Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper of the David P. Ehrlich Tremont. From the unlit foot of the cigar come aromas of cedar, oak, spice and dried fruit. The cold draw of the David P. Ehrlich Tremont is pretty unique with a mix of apple and grape like fruit, hay, oak and a slight hint of herbal spice.

Burn: The burn of the David P. Erhlich Tremont can be a bit wobbly, but burns down evenly with no need for corrections from a lighter. A perfect draw allows through plenty of flavorful smoke. Grey ash clings nicely to the end of the Tremont, but does fall off sometime without warning.

Flavor: There’s a mellow start to the David P. Ehrlich Churchill, as it begins with a bit of sweet cedar and hay flavors. Barely perceptible hints of spice come through early in the cigar, and build slightly over time. Early in the first third of the David P. Ehrlich Tremont is a mix of cedar, hay, spice and mild black pepper. As the cigar gets going an interesting component joins the flavor profile, that I can only describe as peat, similar to what is found in an Islay single malt (ie. Lagavulin or Argbeg), The addition of the peatiness really makes the existing flavors of cedar, hay, natural tobacco and mild black pepper begin mingle together in a completely different way. The retrohale is a pleasant blend of cedar and natural tobacco with an underlying backbone of peat. Cedar and peat flavors intensify as the Tremont enters its second third. By the halfway point of the cigar the black pepper notes increases to meet the intensity of the cedar and peat notes of the cigar. Pepper and peat linger on the tongue for some time after each puff. The final third of the Tremont Churchill continues with flavors of cedar, peat, natural tobacco and black pepper. A slight mineral note occurs during the final third of the cigar, but only adds to the uniqueness of the David P. Ehrlich Tremont’s flavor profile.

Overall: Once in a while a cigar comes that really surprises me, and the David P. Ehrich Tremont was that cigar this year. The medium bodied cigar, named for a historic Boston tobacconist, has a very unique flavor profile with a nice balance of flavors. The mix of cedar, spice, hay, peatiness and black pepper notes all blend together in an interesting manner. It is the distinct peatiness that really makes this cigar’s flavor profile so unique. This solidly medium bodied cigar should be enjoyable by a wide range of cigar enthusiasts. All but the most novice of smokers will find this cigar worth trying. Personally, I really enjoyed the David P. Ehrlich Tremont Churchill. I’ve found this to be a perfect late afternoon smoke after a long day at work. While all the various vitolas are worth giving a try, the Churchill makes for the best chance to enjoy the blend’s flavor profile. I’d definitely recommend giving this cigar a try.

Pairing: It may seem like because of the peatiness to the David P. Ehrlich Tremont that a peaty Islay single malt would be a good choice to pair with this cigar, but I’d recommend against it. Personally, I recommend a bottle of sparkling water as it allows all the flavors of the cigar to fully come through. If you’re determined to pair the Tremont with an alcoholic beverage, I would suggest a woodsy Speyside or Highland single malt that allows the cigar’s peatiness to shine through on its own. The Tremont also pairs nicely with a cup of coffee or cappuccino.

On a side note: The logo on the David P. Ehrich’s band is actually an altered version of the sign for the original Boston tobacconist. The original logo had a gentleman in a top hat smoking a pipe, while the one on the band features the same gentleman smoking a pipe. It’s a very cool way of bringing tobacco history into a new era.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)