It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out one of the recent offerings from a luxury brand. The Davidoff Winston Churchill is a gorgeous stick with a simple, yet elegant band. It features an Ecuadorian Rojiza wrapper securing a Mexican San Andres binder, and fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. I will be reviewing none other than the Churchill equivalent size in the line called the Aristocrat which comes in at 6.9×47.
The wrapper gives off a potent barnyard and earth aroma. Out of the foot, I find a fruity chocolate smell. The cold draw is loose with a hint of musty cedar. Once lit, the cigar opens up with creamy, buttery cedar on top of some cinnamon. Through the nose, I find a hint of black pepper spice and creamy leather. On the finish, there is potent cinnamon and nutmeg.
After thirty minutes, I finish the first third. On the draw, I find cedar with old leather on top of gingerbread. The retro-hale offers up some good coffee flavor with almond and earthy notes. On the finish, I pick up a distinct cinnamon and nutmeg mix alongside smoky leather. The strength and body both fall in at the medium mark.
The second third closes out at one hour. The draw gives me more leather with the addition of some spicy red pepper and hickory. Through the nose, I find toast with more coffee and a light cocoa flavor. There is no change to the finish as I continue to get the cinnamon and nutmeg mix on top of smoky leather. Strength and body continue to float in the medium range as well.
The final third finishes after one hour and forty minutes. The entire experience of the cigar becomes very creamy, yet bold. On the draw, I find a very creamy earth with more spicy red pepper and leather. The retro-hale hits me with spicy black pepper on top of a sweet gingerbread and almond combo. The finish offers up some toast on top of a noticeable cocoa and nutmeg. Strength and body jump up slightly in this last third to the medium-to-full mark.
The Davidoff Winston Churchill is a fine cigar. It has a lot of complexity with many balanced unique flavors. Construction is absolutely perfect, and it’s definitely a cigar I would smoke again. My only struggle with this stick is the price. Coming in at just under $18, there are a handful of other super-premium sticks I would likely reach for first at that price, but that’s not to say this thing doesn’t hold its own. I highly recommend it if you can stomach the hit to the wallet.