|H. Upmann Sir Winston|
The cigar opens up very smoothly with no spice present and has a rich earthy quality to it. There is a hint of vanilla on the finish and as it gets further in there is an emergence of bitter-sweet chocolate and coffee. The cigar is still as smooth as it began and very flavorful. Entering the second third of the cigar I begin to pick up strong notes of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans with a sweet nutty finish as well. The creaminess returns halfway through this third and the cigar still remains very rich. I am in the final third now and it is probably the fullest part of the cigar. There are notes of white pepper, coffee and dark chocolate and it has a long nutty finish. The cigar is still very smooth but incredibly rich and showcases true balance in a cigar. The cigar burned evenly throughout and at no point ever got hot.
This was an incredible cigar and with all of its flavors was very balanced as well. I would give this cigar a 96 and definitely think it will be in the Top 25 of 2011. I have a couple of these left in my humidor and the thoughts I have are of saving them or smoking them all right now. I am not one who thinks Cuban cigars are better than non-Cuban but I believe that Habanos S.A. really captures the notion of flavor and balance in cigars over strength. I know that a lot of smokers want really strong and big cigars but I don't share those views. Truly a great churchill and one of the best on the market.