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Written by Puff Staff

Wednesday, 09 January 2013

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There’s certainly no shortage of flavor with the Gurkha Cellar Reserve.  The Prisoner Churchill’s first third offers up notes of cedar, spice, and earth.  The spice intensifies to reach full-bodied mode in the second third, which is counteracted by a fruity flavor similar to raisins.  I also detect chocolate notes at this point.  The final third caps off the smoking experience with nuts, sweetness, and chocolate for a very pleasant ending to a great cigar.

I really enjoyed the flavor of the Gurkha Cellar Reserve.  It had some strength, but was not overpowering in the least bit.  The complexity really offered no dull moments whatsoever, with the second third being the highlight of the smoking experience.  This is a great cigar for experienced smokers seeking a flavorful selection after dinner.  You can find the Prisoner Churchill in packs of five or boxes of 20, with a retail price hovering around the $8 to $10 range per single.  I would at least give one a shot, regardless of the slightly high price.  Then again, this is a Gurkha, and they aren’t usually known to be cheap cigars.

The Gurkha Cellar Reserve Prisoner Churchill earns a rating of 3.75 out of four stars.

Pinar Del Rio Habano Sun Grown Toro

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Pinar Del Rio is a brand that produces cigars out of its boutique factory in Tamboril, Dominican Republic.  The brand allows only its most experienced rollers to take part in the production process, and, according to their website, they typically specialize in putting out cigars that are medium-bodied in strength, such as this Habano Sun Grown that I am about to sample. 

I’ve chosen the Habano Sun Grown’s Toro format for this review, which measures 6 x 52.  Other sizes available in the line include the 5 x 50 Robusto, 5 1/4 x 44 Corona, 6 x 60 Double Magnum, 6 1/2 x 62 Torpedo, and the 7 x 50 Churchill.  The cigar’s filler consists of aged Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos.  Its binder is Dominican Criollo ’98, and its wrapper is Dominican Habano.  As mentioned in the intro, the Habano Sun Grown is said to exhibit strength that is medium-bodied in nature.






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