Team Cigar Review: Winston Churchill Limited Edition 2019 Robusto

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Cigar Details: Winston Churchill Limited Edition 2019 Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Dominican Republic
  • Binder: Mexican San Andrés Negro
  • Filler: Dominican Piloto Mejorado Visus, Criollo Seco and San Vicente Mejorado Visus and Nicaraguan Estelí Visus and Semilla A Visus
  • Factory: Davidoff
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $29.90
  • Release Date: January 2019
  • Source: Havana Phil’s

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The cigar appears a bit rustic as the wrapper is medium brown with some darker marbling. There are a few raised veins and while the seams are smooth, they are easily detectable due to the color variations and vein placement. The head is finished off with a well applied triple cap. There are two bands with the primary being the tradition gold on white design of the brand and the secondary being a strip band that is gold on dark gray and denotes the line. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of mushroom and sweet tobacco. The foot has mushroom and earthiness like a freshly harvested mushroom along with a light tobacco sweetness. The pre-light draw brings a mild mix of wood and mushroom along with a slightly more potent white pepper that is present on my tongue and lips.

Pre-light Experience

The Winston Churchill Limited Edition 2019 Robusto is firm and finished with a lovely wrapper that is between Colorado-Maduro and Maduro. There are medium sized veins present throughout and it is has a slightly smooth texture that is showing some silky characteristics. The aroma on the wrapper is of tropical fruit, hay, earth, leather and soft spices, while the foot is delivering more pronounced spice qualities, cocoa and earthy qualities.

Pre-light Experience

The Winston Churchill Limited Edition 2019 Robusto has cellophane with a UPC code, and is double banded. The primary band is the classic Davidoff gold on white, featuring a profile of Winston Churchill. The secondary band is gold on smoky blue, with gold accents. The secondary band indicates ‘Limited Edition 2019’. The wrapper is a darker chocolate brown, and is very smooth with firmly pressed veins. Nosing the cigar, I’m picking up spices, leather, light earthiness, cedar and a musty barnyard. In the foot, all I can identify is a sweet tobacco.

Pre-light Experience

The Winston Churchill Limited Edition 2019 Robusto has an oily and slick Colorado Red wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head finished off with a deep triple cap. Aromas from the wrapper tell faint cedar, nuts, hay and barnyard. Aromas from the foot give intensified wrapper notes of cedar, nuts, hay and an introduction of deep black pepper. Cold draw gives creaminess derived from rich nuttiness, hay and aged cedar.

First Third

The cigar begins with slightly charred wood, baking spice and a light mustiness. At a half inch in, some earthiness joins the profile as a faint vegetal note is present on random draws. The retrohale has the baking spice up front with the wood and mustiness slightly behind. As the third comes to a close, the profile is charred wood, mustiness, earth and baking spice. The strength in this third was slightly above medium.

First Third

The first third starts out with a plethora of flavors and I am picking up dry earth, cocoa powder, seasoned wood and a slight musty quality. There are some tangerine qualities present as well and the finish is of anise, cinnamon and soft pepper.

First Third

The first few puffs deliver that classic Davidoff musty mushroom flavor, with a sour citrus finish. The post draw is a complex medley of spices, cedar, sweetness and lingering pepper at a light plus strength. The retrohale has a big medium plus blast of baking spices, with pepper then joining into the post draw. By the 20 minute mark, the pepper has calmed down, and the citrus components are buried under the other notes. At the 30 minute mark, cocoa comes through, and by this point some creaminess has developed on the retrohale. The Davidoff mushroom has a lessened influence here, falling back to light plus

First Third

The first third’s flavor profile gives me earthiness and spice. The earth comes from hay, coffee, cocoa and minerals. The spice is closer to a black pepper spice. There’s also a charred/burnt character surrounding the profile. Retrohaling gives a leveled up sting of black pepper through the nostrils as well as a creamed bread. The finish is long, consisting of charred/burnt wood and toast and black pepper spice. Strength is medium-full and body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the mustiness is now right behind the charred wood with some earthiness still present. The baking spice is very faint in the background. At a half inch in, the mustiness is now even with the charred wood while the earthiness is slightly behind them and the baking spice has picked up slightly. At an inch in, the charred wood takes the lead again as the mustiness and earthiness are slightly behind. The baking spice has dropped out of the profile. The retrohale has the mustiness up front with the charred wood slightly behind. As the third comes to a close, the mustiness and earthiness are up front with the charred wood slightly behind. The strength in this third remained at slightly above medium.

Second Third

When I get into the second third of the cigar, I find there to be some transitioning from the first third and it is delivering more salted wood and mineral qualities. There are some toasted walnut aspects to the cigar and with that is some earth, soft cocoa and pepper spice aspects. There is a tangy aspect as well, and it carries on from that first third.

Second Third

The profile in the middle third settles into mushroom on the retrohale, with trailing citrus and sweetness . That sour modifier on the citrus that was present in the first third is absent here. As the cigar progresses, earthiness builds through the third.

Second Third

The second third becomes more complex as there is now a distinguished creamed nuttiness to the earth and spice notes. This also helps to bring down the charred/burnt notes, which is a welcoming aspect. Strength and body continues to be medium-full and medium, respectively.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the charred wood, mustiness and earthiness are all at equal levels. At a quarter inch in, the charred wood picks up quite a bit. At a half inch in, the char settles down but still leads the profile as the mustiness and earth are paired up right behind it. The retrohale carries the charred wood, mustiness and earth at equal levels. As the cigar comes to a close, the mustiness moves into the lead as the charred wood and earth are right behind. The strength remained at slightly above medium.

Final Third

The final third shows even more transitioning from the first two thirds and it is dark and rich. I am picking up some oaky qualities and with that is black coffee, spices, pepper and a finish of cream and burnt sugar. It is a pronounced finish and quite enjoyable.

Final Third

Chocolate and baking spices define the transition into the final third. The mushroom, earth notes and citrus are still present for the ride. There is a pleasant herbal flavor once the final third settles in.

Final Third

The last third tastes more like the first third but the flavors, although still good, become a bit generic. The earth notes of cocoa, coffee and minerals are still there but it’s harder to individually ID. The black pepper spice becomes less prevalent. The char/burnt notes are right back to where it was. Strength finishes medium-full and body medium.

Burn

The burn left something to be desired as it was quite wavy and required a couple of touch-ups. It also went out once requiring a re-light. The ash held on in one inch increments.

Burn

The burn was never razor sharp on the cigar, and there were times where it was wavy, but I never had a problem that required touch-ups. I mean, if you are neurotic, you could find a reason to touch it up, but it was not necessary. It produced a dark charcoal color ash from start to finish, and the ash held on firmly throughout.

Burn

The burn had some slight waviness to it in the first third. Cigar canoes in the transition to the middle third, requiring a touch-up. Another touch-up is required in the middle third, along with a re-light. Ash held on well up to two inches and resisted attempts to knock it off.

Burn

Burn performance was very good. I had to completely re-light the cigar within the first third but other than that, the burn was fairly even, ashes a bit flaky but held strong.

Draw

The draw was slightly looser than I prefer but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The flavor profile started with charred wood, mustiness, earth and baking spice. As it progressed, the baking spice dropped out and the other flavors jockeyed for position the rest of the way. Construction was OK with a challenging burn and slightly loose draw. Strength was slightly above medium the whole way, which seems to be a bit fuller than the other cigars in the portfolio. Overall, the cigar was good sans the burn issues. For the price point, I wouldn’t expect that to come into play, so that was a bit of a disappointment. The cigar itself was good, but I don’t think it warrants the price, so for that reason I wouldn’t likely return to it. If you’re a fan of the brand and enjoy some fuller strength offerings, it’s definitely worth a try.

Draw

The draw was perfect on this Robusto. Not too loose or tight. Had the right level of resistance which allowed for the Robusto to smoke slow and produce a great amount of smoke. Draw was cool from start to finish and in terms of draw, delivered what I would like in a cigar.

Overall

The Winston Churchill Limited Edition 2019 Robusto is a powerful cigar and possibly the strongest Davidoff release I have smoked. That is saying something after the 2018 Chef’s Edition. While some would not say it’s “powerful,” for a Davidoff it has power. Definitely the strongest Winston Churchill I have had. Medium-full to full from start to finish for body and strength. With that being said, it is a complex and multi-national blend which really delivers the flavors of all the tobacco involved. The transitioning between each third was fantastic and the flavors present from start to finish were stunning. It had depth, and the presence/complexity of the flavors hid the body and strength of the tobacco. The dry earth, cocoa and spice qualities throughout were great, and the early notes of tangerine were so unique and enjoyable. You would not think they would pair well together, but they did. A very well blended cigar and with the combination of tobacco involved, shows true skill.

Draw

The draw was a half notch towards the resistant spectrum, but still in the ideal zone for draw.

Overall

The Winston Churchill Limited Edition 2019 Robusto was an enjoyable cigar, and I’m glad to have had the opportunity to smoke two for review. Of the samples I smoked, one was very medium-full in strength, while the second one I reviewed held very close to medium. For the typical Davidoff strength profile, this would be more full bodied than most of their releases. The flavor profile had the classic Davidoff mushroom component, but also elevated itself into full bodied flavors of citrus, baking spices, cocoa, pepper and earth notes. The price point is in the ultra premium range, but is consistent with other Davidoff Limited Edition releases.

Draw

Perfect draw.

Overall

Like the vast majority of what a Davidoff should be (that is complex, transitional and downright a pleasure to smoke), the Winston Churchill Limited Edition 2019 Robusto is that. But the cigar did have one fairly major downside to it. The char/burnt notes overall was too over-reaching. This led to the complexities of hay, coffee, cocoa, minerals, nuts and black pepper to not fully reach my palate. As it stands now, it is a good cigar but not quite legendary. Perhaps time will help?

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.37

Cost/Point

$4.70

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

8.38

Cost/Point

$3.57

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.97

Cost/Point

$4.29

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

7.07

Cost/Point

$4.23

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  • Shlomo - March 12, 2019 reply

    Is this one of the best modern Davidoffs to date? Can this stand up to and give the Limitado Edicion 50th Anniversary diadema roll a run for its money? Does it have the quintessential Davidoff hay in the first third? It seems like it has more earth and sugar in it than hay in the profile.

    Aaron Loomis - March 14, 2019 reply

    This is a stronger cigar and I don’t think ties in with their typical profile. Didn’t do as well as the 50th Diadema for me.

    Shlomo - March 15, 2019 reply

    Thanks for clarifying, Aaron. So I surmise Davidoff has removed the classical quintessential Davidoff hay in this limited release. Do you feel this is a stronger cigar than the 2018 Chefs edition? If I recall, you had burn issues in that review, but in case you had a chance to sample another 2018 Chef, I thought I’d ask.

    Aaron Loomis - March 18, 2019 reply

    I would say the Chef’s Edition is the stronger of the two.

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