09th Oct2012

Quickie: San Miguel Churchill

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Shape: Churchill

Size: 7 x 48

Country/Factory: Nicaragua

Strength: Medium

Price Range: $6.50

For this review I decided to go with something I got out of a sample pack for a change. The cigar I chose was the San Miguel Churchill. The brand San Miguel first came into the cigar scene during the 2010 IPCPR trade show. It is Nicaraguan based and claims to offer a complex, satisfying, and smooth taste. The band is what really stood out to me. It is a depiction of an angel stomping/standing on the devil. As for the build of this stick it is a box-pressed Churchill with small veins that run the length of a cigar and overall feels great while holding in the hand. The pack has a little bit of give that slowly snaps back after pressing into it which is gives the impression this will be a smokey cigar. It’s also double capped and has a very clean wrap. The first third was of a mild black pepper that had a little bit of a salt flavor to counter balance it along with a creamy roasted peanut. The other notes I picked up on that were not as prevalent were a light amount of leather and milk chocolate. I also gave a quick retro-haul that revealed a mild spice.

Going into the second third I noticed a transition into the more earthy flavors. Along with a light hay flavor of a barn and some nutmeg. The spice begins to build up more noticeably, but the creamy sweetness of the mild chocolate is still prevalent making for a really good balance to the flavor profile. It is very smooth in the second section of this stick and I’m really enjoying it. The last third revolves around the earth and hay mixture with leather being the second most prominent. A sweet and spice mix lingering in the background. So, overall very different from the first third.

The finish was earthy hay and leather, so pretty dark. San Miguel’s ash was a white and black mix that stayed firm to an inch with no flakes. As for the draw it was smooth right off that bat and remained that way throughout the remainder of the cigar. Lastly the burn started off with a jagged edge that needed a correction in the beginning, but after that correction it stayed straight all the way to the end. My final thoughts on the San Miguel Churchill are that it’s good for being decently new in the cigar world with a decently complex flavor profile and great flavor and so I would recommend for people to give it a try.

10th Jun2011

Rocky Patel Connecticut Churchill

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Connecticut

Binder: Honduran

Filler: Honduran

Shape: Churchill

Size: 7 x 48

Country: Honduras

Looking for something thats affordable but, compares to a slightly mid range pricey stick? Well, the mild Rocky Patel Connecticut might be the cigar for you. This cigar is firm to the touch and the pre-light draw is very smooth and a tad airy. The wrapper had a small amount of light veins upon it and had a great make-up that made for a great look on the cigar. Pre-light flavor was a smooth cedar with very mild tobacco. The initial draw had a great amount of smoke that gave a nice aroma of light tobacco and I got flavors of almond and a toasty flavor like ground up coffee beans. The first third had the initial light flavors along with a mild earth tone and just before transfering into the second third the smoke becomes more creamy and voluminous in the amount given off. The second third the cedar and earth almost completely vanished but, the warm, toasty flavor was still there with a mild tobacco flavor. A slight pepper peaked in a went away and as for the burn it was flawless with no touch ups needed. The last third and finish remained the same as before with the nuttiness coming back a bit and I saw stop just under the 1/4th mark unless you like a harsh taste in your smoke. The ash throughout the smoke was firm and could remain up to an inch without falling off. Overall this cigar is for someone looking for a decently cheap stick with mild in flavor and complexity. Also one that enjoys a nice, simple Connecticut wrapper smoke that is a everyday stick I consider.