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Davidoff Cigars Winston Churchill Line Review: The Aristocrat

Recently Davidoff Cigars released a new line of blends inspired by Sir Winston Churchill. Davidoff’s official website describes the cigars “as complex as the man himself.”

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I teamed up with Charlie Freeman, my good friend and writer for Fine Tobacco NYC, in order to gain an expert opinion on one particular blend, The Aristocrat.

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Charlie came prepared sporting a brilliant Churchill bow tie

The reason I wanted Mr. Freeman’s opinion of The Aristocrat is because it is the only Churchill vitola (size) in Davidoff’s collection. Taking one look at the finely crafted cigar, Freeman described it’s wrapper (an Ecuadorian Rojiza) as “flawlessly constructed with no veins and smooth to the touch.”

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Once lit, Freeman described The Aristocrat’s draw as “superb with just enough resistance.” Though the ash was easily lost (something Churchill would not be a fan of) the cigars burn was “unusually even” producing fine, thick clouds of smoke.

Churchill would compete with his daughter Mary to see who could maintain a longer ash

Churchill would compete with his daughter Mary to see who could maintain the longest ash

Freeman had a high opinion of The Aristocrat’s slow burning smoke.

It is a rich smoke, being just strong enough to experience the fullness of it’s flavor without being overpowering but also smooth and creamy, having an excellent balance of dryness (from the Dominican filler) and wetness (from the Nicaraguan filler).

Freeman went on note it’s flavor as “toasty with elements of light wood, walnut and an unmistakable note of sugar.”

Overall, The Aristocrat is a fine cigar that does a brilliant job honoring the life and tastes of Sir Winston Churchill. Find the nearest provider of Davidoff cigars here to pick up your own cigar from their Winston Churchill collection!

Churchill’s 5 Favorite Drinks

Next to smoking cigars and wearing bow ties, Churchill was man who enjoyed a good drink. As his famous quote goes

My rule of life prescribed as an absolutely sacred rite smoking cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after and if need be during all meals and in the intervals between them.

Here are his top 5 drinks.

1. Dry Martini

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Churchill’s version of a good martini was quality Plymouth Gin poured over a glass of ice. Vermouth was something he only enjoyed looking at while drinking his martini at the bar.

2. Claret

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A day would not pass in Winston’s life without a few glasses of claret. He would always have a healthy stock available at all times.

3. Whisky

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Surprising Churchill’s preferred brand of whisky was one easily available to most men, Johnny Walker Red Label. Winston’s method of drinking his whisky was just as odd as his brand choice. He would pour a little Johnny Walker into a glass and fill it with water. This habit came from Winston’s time in Egypt where the only two choices of drink was dirty water or dirty water with whiskey.

4. Brandy

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Unlike his taste in Whisky, Churchill’s taste in Brandy was nothing but high class including Hinel’Hertier de Jean Fremi-court,Prunier, and Ararat Cognac (a present from Stalin).

5. Champagne

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No post about Churchill and drinking would be complete without mentioning champagne. Like claret, Pol Roger champagne was a daily staple in his life. Churchill was so devoted to the brand that upon his death, Odette Pol Roger bordered all bottles black and released a special Winston Churchill line in 1984.

Thanks to The Telegraph for their helpful article! Check out their brilliant video of Harry Wallop’s attempt to drink like Churchill!

How to Smoke a Cigar Like Winston

442d6224-3d86-46ea-88e5-0b61cc3f8456To call Winston Churchill an avid cigar smoker does not begin to describe how pivotal these tobacco filled tubes were to him from 1895 until the day he died. Smoking cigars was as much a part of Churchill’s daily routine (8 to 10 a day) as eating three meals or bathing is to most people. His lifetime love of cigars (particularly Romeo y Julieta‘s) was so great that there is an official “Churchill” sized cigar.

Churchill's doctors were not a fan

Churchill’s doctors were not a fan

Churchill’s style of smoking cigars was just as unique as he was. First he would poke a hole in the end of it with an extra long match instead of using a cutter and would then blow through the cigar to check its draw.

Long match + cigar = happy smoker

Long match + cigar = happy smoker

After lighting his cigar, Churchill would not smoke it quickly. In fact, he preferred to let his cigars go out and chew on them for a while before re-lighting them.

"I sleep a little, and I smoke cigar after cigar." -Churchill

“I sleep a little, and I smoke cigar after cigar.” -Churchill

When it was time to dispose of his ashes he always had his favorite ash tray on hand which was made of silver and shaped like a pagoda.

What I imagine Churchill's ashtray looked like. Can't find an actual photo. If you have one, please post in comments below.

What I imagine Churchill’s ashtray looked like. Can’t find an actual photo. If you have one, please post in comments below.

One of Churchill’s most important rules was to smoke his cigars down to the last couple of inches (which would then be used as pipe tobacco by his gardener, Mr. Kearnes).

The cigar nub packs a spicy punch

The cigar nub packs a spicy punch

In short, Winston’s three main rules for smoking a cigar are:

1. punch a hole with a long match instead of using a cutter

2. take your time while smoking

3. smoke down to the very last inch

Happy smoking!

Happy smoking!

P.S. Thanks to Cigar Aficionado for their informative article!