Cigar Review

H. Upmann Sir Winston

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I’m not going to lie.  It was only after delving into this month’s issue of cigar aficionado, which features the iconic Sir Winston Churchill, that I even considered revisiting a box of H. Upmann Sir Winston’s that had been peacefully aging away in one of my humidors.  Although not the actual cigar Sir Winston himself smoked, (that is said to be Romeo e Julieta Churchills) Habanos SA crafted the Sir Winston in the H.Upmann marque to celebrate and commemorate Britain’s cigar smoking iron giant.

The box I currently own displays the box code TLR SEP 08, which means the cigars were rolled in September of 2008, roughly 10 years ago.  Let me go on record ending the debate of whether aged cigars are truly better than freshly rolled sticks…the answer is a resounding YES!  If you have the time, patience, and money to store away some great cigars, specifically Cuban cigars, you will not be disappointed by your investment.  Let’s see how these 10-year-old Sir Winston’s are progressing.

 

On to the review….

 

H. Upmann Sir Winston Attributes

Size: Churchill

Length: 7

Ring Gauge: 47

Wrapper: Cuba

Binder: Cuba

Filler: Cuba

Country: Cuba

Price: $31.00 USD ea.

HUpmann Sir Winston #8

Pre-light Inspection: The smooth medium brown wrapper on this cigar had an almost redish Rosado hue. The triple seam cap was semi-sloppy and the pre-light smell showed characteristics of a rich velvety chocolate and raspberry.  No soft spots were detected and the cold draw was extremely tight showing notes of straw/hay with a creamy finish.

Tasting Notes and Performance:  Hands down, the H.Upmann Sir Winston performed like an all-star.  Although the draw was a bit firmer than I typically prefer, the cigar burned and smoked very well.  Cigar was mild in strength and medium in body throughout most of the smoking experience.  Cigar tastes included a salty soft caramel start that transitioned to cinnamon, brown sugar, buttery characteristics, and ended with creamy, bready, cedar notes. The room note reminded me of a freshly rising yeasty bread with the cigar producing a lot of thin white smoke. Very much an interesting and rewarding smoking experience.

Overall Impressions: The wait has definitely yielded reward with the H. Upmann Sir Winston.  With a little over half a box remaining, I am certainly looking forward to smoking my remaining stock in the very near future.  Although I am a firm believer that cigars do improve with age, similar to wine, there is a window where cigars peak, and if not smoked, begin to lose flavor.  The current 2008 stock are performing unbelievably amazing at the moment, offering any cigar smoker the pleasure and enjoyment we search for each smoking experience.  In my opinion, if you’ve got ‘em, smoke ‘em.

Cigar score:

5 Cigar Boxes

Dr. Kyle Andrew Signature

Cigar Review

Cohiba Siglo IV   

Cohiba Siglo IV #1

Happy December!  It’s hard to believe that 2017 is coming to a close.  However, with ends there are also beginnings, and although 2017 wasn’t a bad year for me, there may be plenty of others who can’t wait for 2018 to begin.  With the winter season moving in, the opportunity for cigar smoking is quickly fading until spring.  Not to say I don’t smoke cigars in the winter.  On the contrary, I still manage to brave the cold for an occasional stogie.  Truth be told, I prefer smoking a pipe in the wintertime over cigar smoking.  There is something ‘inner warming’ about smoking a pipe in the snow that offers me personal comfort and joy.

Anyway, I managed to get in a review of the Cohiba Siglo IV during one of the warmer transitional days this past week.  Becoming commercially available in 1994, the Habanos Cohiba Siglo range is one of the most popular lines in the Habanos S.A. portfolio. The current Siglo lineup consist of the following six sizes:

Siglo I – 40 x 4

Siglo II – 42 x 5.1

Siglo III – 42 x 6.1

Siglo IV – 46 x 5.6

Siglo V – 43 x 6.7

Siglo VI – 52 x 5.9

For more information on the Cohiba brand please visit the Habanos S.A. website at http://www.habanos.com/en/?age-verified=eb6ac93e0a or the Cuban Cigar Website at https://www.cubancigarwebsite.com/brand/cohiba

 

On to the review….

 

Cohiba Siglo IV Attributes

Size: Corona Gorda

Length: 5.6

Ring Gauge: 46

Wrapper: Cuba

Binder: Cuba

Filler: Cuba

Country: Cuba

Price: $23.50 USD

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Pre-light Inspection: This gorgeous looking cigar sports a golden tan, silky wrapper that is smooth to the touch with few visible veins.  The solid roll showed a jam-packed foot with no soft spots detected on the pinch.  Cigar head had a perfectly crafted triple seam cap.  No obvious pre-light aroma, however, the tight cold draw produced notes of chili pepper spice and a rich creamy sweetness.

Tasting Notes and Performance:  This cigar can essentially be summed up as rich, creamy, and smooth.  Sweet notes of vanilla, yeasty bread, chocolate, nougat, cedar, leather and spice are detected throughout the smoking experience.  Burn was a touch wavy and did require a few touch-ups throughout, however, no relights were needed.  Draw was on the firm side, but the cigar still produced a wonderful thick white smoke categorizing the cigar as medium bodied.  The finish of the cigar did show a little harshness with tarry notes easily found on the palate but time and aging should easily mellow out these issues.

Overall Impressions:  This is absolutely everything I want and expect in a quality cigar.  A glorious smoking experience and although on the pricey side for most aficionados, in my opinion it’s well worth it.  If you are able to purchase a box (or two) of these do so.  I highly recommend them and am confident you will not be disappointed in your investment.  I understand there is a lot of disagreement about whether Cuban cigars are truly the best in the world, but let me be the first to make a stance in saying if Cuba continues to turn out quality sticks like the Cohiba Siglo IV, they will forever remain the king of the quickly expanding cigar scene.  My verdict, buy them up if you can!

Cigar score:

5 Cigar Boxes

Dr. Kyle Andrew Signature