San Lotano Maduro Churchill Cigar Review
This 7×54 slightly box pressed stick offers a dark chocolate wrapper with very oily, slightly toothy felt like feel, minimal veins, tight invisible seams, several wrapper cracks, a large double cap and peppery chocolate aroma. First light reveals a slightly loose draw with good medium bodied smoke output and flavors of a very smooth and oily sweet tobacco with a pepper and spice on the finish. The first third brings up the body just a touch and increases the smoke output with tons of rich thick clouds. Draw is perfect with complex flavors of a smooth creamy textured earth, coffee tobacco, pepper and spice with a long smooth finish. Construction unfortunately is very poor, with multiple very substantial cracks in at least 4 locations spreading down the whole stick to the band. The binder is not holding as smoke is pouring out the cracks, but it’s still smoking well at this point. 25 minutes in at the tail end of the 1st third, flavors get bolder pushing medium-full body and add a nice cream to the mix both in flavor and texture. Even though the wrapper is in terrible shape, it’s not effecting anything, the burn and draw are perfect! 50 minutes in just past the 1/2 way point I took the first band off that was really keeping things together with the wrapper. Another tear was revealed underneath but still, absolutely no effect on the burn or draw! Flavors changed slightly adding a bit of chocolate to the sweetness and the earthiness got deeper. Ending at 1:25 the last third brought up the smooth sweet chocolate even more as the smoke got warmer, while the finish got even thicker. Thank you very much to viewer Carl Lindmark for sending me this in for review!