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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Today’s cigar reviews on Puff.com will focus on two stogies from the distinguished cigar brand known as Davidoff.  First up will be a review of the Winston Churchill Marrakesh, which will be followed by a look at the Davidoff Millennium Blend.

Winston Churchill Marrakesh

Former Prime Minister of the UK Winston Churchill wasn’t just known as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century, but he was also recognized as a huge cigar fan.  (Maybe that’s why they named an entire format after him?)  He was such a stogie smoking icon, that Davidoff decided to produce an entire collection dedicated to the man, as described on their website:

“Each cigar created for the Winston Churchill Collection pays homage to Sir Winston Churchill. The cigar formats are named after places that played important roles in Churchill’s life. Although Churchill was most famous for enjoying cigars from Havana, the Winston Churchill collection of Dominican cigars exudes the same richness and strength but with the added complexity and balance that is achieved by blending aged tobaccos from Nicaragua, Peru, Dominican Republic, and Ecuador.”

The Winston Churchill Marrakesh is named after Churchill’s favorite Moroccan getaway where he would go to find inspiration for some of his paintings.  The cigar measures 6 x 50 and comes in a Toro format.  It has a filler made up of five different tobaccos.  The binder is Dominican Yamasa, and an Ecuadorian Special Sun Grown wrapper completes the composition.  It should be noted that all of the tobaccos used in the Marrakesh are based on a Cuban Seed.

As I look at the Winston Churchill Marrakesh, it definitely gives off the look of a distinguished premium cigar.  The large band near the head displays the Winston Churchill name, while the smaller band beneath it showcases the Marrakesh moniker.  Both bands use gold, red, and maroon color schemes that contrast nicely with the medium brown wrapper.  The cigar feels solid in my hands and has no soft spots.  It has a very smooth appearance with only a few veins dotting its semi-oily surface.  It has a sweet cold taste and a pre-light aroma of cedar.

The Marrakesh takes a bit of work to get lit and exhibits a tight draw at the start.  The draw gets a tad easier over time, and there’s a decent amount of smoke that’s produced.  The ash is gray and on the flaky side.  The burn is even for the most part and only requires a couple of quick touch-ups.  No re-lights are needed.






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