It was time for something dark. Dark like Satan’s soul. Dark like the deepest dark of the void of space. The Soledad Churchill seemed to fit the bill. It’s a 7 inch by 48 ring gauge big boy, about as maduro as it gets. Famous Smoke tells me it’s a blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos in a Broadleaf Maduro wrapper. They tell me it pairs well with bourbon, single malt, or IPAs.
Soledad, I am told, means “solitude” in Spanish. This seemed a good omen; I was looking for solitude in which to enjoy my cigar today.
I paired it with my beverage of choice: coffee (Sumatran blend from Starbucks half and half with 1816 tradition Nabob, which I think is an ideal blend.) Unfortunately, clipping the double cap split the tip to an almost fatal degree. I had to wrap it with a hemp rollie paper to keep it alive. Not a good beginning. Maybe I should recondition my humidor.
Its wrapper note was extremely promising, however. Earthy, with a hint of cocoa. A perfect invitation to a maduro! I lit it with a cedar spill as I settled into my bath.
Toasting the foot produced an earthy, rich-soil scent. Again, you can’t go wrong with that in a maduro. Happily I proceeded to enjoy the first draw, which was a deeply satisfying delivery of the promise of its wrapper note. Perfect! The pack was firm but with some give, and the wrap was tight. The first third was a consistent blend of soil and cocoa; just right! It lasted about 40 minutes.
I took a break to do my daily workout and came back at what the English would call tea-time. The second third added some dark coffee notes to the cocoa and soil (and I know it wasn’t my coffee; I was finished by that time.) That second third took me about the same amount of time: 40 to 45 minutes.
By the final third I was peeling the paper and the attractive dark label as I went. Now there was something distinctly spicy – white pepper, perhaps? – and a distinct cedar undertone. Really delicious! The finish was more earth and cedar with a hint of pepper, really pleasant. It took me about 45 minutes to complete.
All around, I think this is a seriously underestimated cigar. From a great promise of wrapper note to a perfect finish, this was a genuine experience, especially at its very reasonable, “everyday cigar” price.
I give it:
You can get them in Churchill, Toro or Robusto at Famous Smoke. The churchills will cost you $3 USD each, $6.99 USD for a five-pack, or $19.99 USD for a bundle of 20. At that price, this is a true winner in this lady’s perspective! Go out and get some while the sale lasts!