Team Cigar Review: Villiger La Vencedora Churchill

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Cigar Details: Villiger La Vencedora Churchill

  • Vitola: Churchill
  • Length: 7″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Joya de Nicaragua
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $10.00
  • Release Date: February 2018
  • Source: Villiger

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

John-McTavish

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Villiger La Vencedora Churchill is a mottled dark brown and has a few raised veins present. The seams are smooth and well blended as are the two caps that I can identify. The band is the traditional design for the brand with the company name above the line name. The aroma from the wrapper is a very deep stone fruit, like stewed fruit. The foot brings a lighter version of the same along with some wood. The pre-light draw brings the same stone fruit and wood that I got at the foot.

Pre-light Experience

The Villiger La Vencedora Churchill has a dark wrapper, and although is described as a Churchill at 50 ring gauge I would call this more of a Toro Extra. The cigar has a large silver, black, slate gray and red band. Nosing the cigar, I’m able to pick up aromas of bread, bourbon and cedar, with sweet hay and raisin in the foot.

First Third

The cigar begins with dark wood, stone fruit and baking spice. At three quarters of an inch in, the stone fruit becomes very light. The retrohale consists of the dark wood and baking spice. At an inch and a half in, the baking spice is increasing. As the third comes to a close, the stone fruit has left the profile. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.

First Third

In the initial few draws I pick up dry, light wood flavors. There are faint baking spices on the retrohale, with some dry earthiness underneath. My immediate impressions of the strength is that everything is quite light. As I progress, some post draw leather joins at light plus intensity. Moments later, bready notes join the retrohale at light strength. The post draw leather ramps up intensity to medium minus as the cigar settles in, coating the palate. By the halfway point, I’m already feeling some strength from the cigar. In the bottom half, the baking spices on the retrohale have settled at approximately a light plus.

Second Third

The second third continues on with the dark wood and baking spice. There is also a light cream present. At an inch in, the dark wood gains a toasted note. The retrohale is maintaining the dark wood and baking spice combination. At an inch and a half, the dark wood and baking spice are at equal levels. As the third comes to a close, the cream has dropped from the profile. The strength remains at slightly below medium.

Second Third

Earth flavors finish each draw as the cigar transitions into the middle third. Cedar defines the front and middle of the flavor profile. Bready notes and mild spices are still present on the retrohale, with supporting notes of cedar. By the time the cigar has settled in, the earth flavors are carrying into the post draw. There is citrus in the middle of the profile by the halfway point. The citrus migrates into the retrohale, with the earth still finishing each draw. Mild chocolate joins the earth, with some sweetness minutes later that helps to offset the earth. By the end of the middle third, the post draw earth is up to medium strength.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the dark wood takes the lead and gains a slight char while the baking spice is mellower in the background. At three quarters of an inch in, a mustiness joins the profile. The retrohale now consists of musty dark wood. At an inch and a quarter, the cigar begins heating up which brings some bitterness to the profile. As the cigar comes to a close, the baking spice has left the profile while the char on the dark oak has increased and some bitterness remains. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.

Final Third

Citrus moves to the front of the flavor profile, with cedar on the middle of the flavor profile, carrying into the post draw. There isn’t much more evolution here, just the pleasant play of citrus, cedar, with the faint bread and baking spices.

Burn

The burn line was a bit wavy but never needed any attention. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.

Burn

The burn is fairly straight in the first third. In the second third, the burn becomes uneven, eventually resulting in a canoe requiring a touch-up. At the halfway point, the cigar goes out requiring a re-light. In the last third, the burn becomes wavy requiring a touch-up.

Draw

The draw was slightly tight to begin and then progressively got tighter to where the draw was fairly deliberate in the final third.

Overall

The dark wood, stone fruit and baking spice was a nice start. Other than the stone fruit dropping out, it maintained this flavorful profile until some char joined the final third and the cigar heated up. The knock on longer cigars like this Villiger La Vencedora Churchill is maintaining enjoyment from the flavor profile as long as possible and this one did pretty well. The final third was a bit of a let down, but I experience that in most cigars. This vitola is a good offering in the line, and while it wouldn’t be my first choice in vitola to pick up, I’d have no problem smoking it again.

Aaron
John
Very GoodPre
Light
Good
GoodFirst
Third
Good
GoodSecond ThirdGood
AverageFinal
Third
Good
Very GoodBurnGood
GoodDrawGood
GoodOverallGood

Draw

The draw is quite resistant and I’d estimate it around 2-1/2 to 3 notches in the tight spectrum.

Overall

The Villiger La Vencedora Churchill is an enjoyable smoking experience, with nuanced flavors throughout. The natural comparison here will be with the Toro or Robusto formats, and although I rated the Churchill good overall, I believe that the Toro edges out the Churchill for overall flavor complexity. There were some minor challenges with the draw and burn, but ultimately it didn’t seem to impact the flavor profile.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.42

Cost/Point

$1.56

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

6.67

Cost/Point

$1.50

Scoring System

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