Tuesday 1 April 2008

Review - Cuvée Rouge Churchill - 90/100

The Cuvée Rouge is a fairly new cigar on the market. It comes from Cuvée Cigars, produced by the Chiusano family - probably better known from their Dominican Cusano Cigars. And just like the Cusano Cigars, the Cuvée Cigars are great smokes!

The Cuvée Rouge Churchill is a beautiful cigar. Its Sun Grown wrapper has a smooth and oily surface with gorgeous chocolaty brown tone. The rolling is flawless and the cap is near to perfect.
The cold scent makes a strong statement of sturdy tobacco and when tasted unlit, no mistake about the taste of fine dark chocolate can be made. What a flavor!

After the great cold flavor the start of the lit cigar is somewhat dissapointing. No traces of chocolate can be found and the taste is somewhat papery and blunt. FORTUNATELY, this does not last more than a few moments. After the start the cigar opens up and creates a mellowed down stucture of flavors built on a lovely deep roundness and a balanced profile of woody and leathery notes and perhaps something ... sweet and fruity.

The flavor is consistent throughout the cigar, but it could be a little more complex, as the profile does not develope much at any point. If you really try, maybe vague hints of cocoa and almond can be detected towards the end of the cigar. On the other hand, the cigar does not turn harsh and bitter towards the end either, which can happen no matter how complex a cigar you might have.

The draw of the Cuvée Rouge Churchill is perfect and the burn is even. The grey ash is firm and beautiful and the smoke arising from the cigar is very pleasant.

All in all, the Cuvée Rouge Churchill is a great medium bodied cigar that i recommend with pleasure! It is well made with a great balance created in the blending, but it might need a little more complexity. I trust, that a few months in my humidor will do wonders to this cigar.

The Cuvée Cigars can be bought from Paul Bugge with an affordable price. Check it out!

Origin: Dominican Republic

Construction 18/20
Appearance 19/20
Smoke/Ash 8/10
Burn 18/20
Draw 19/20
Aroma 8/10 (7,9,8)


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