I recently smoked the Baccarat Candela Churchill, a decent cigar at a fair price. I have provided my full review below. This content uses referral links.
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A recent shipment from Cigar of the Month included the Baccarat Candela Churchill. This was a decent, solid B+ smoke.
Baccarat Candela Churchill
A Honduran cigar with Havana-seed Honduran long-fillers, a Mexican binder, and a green Candela wrapper, this cigar represents what seems like a recent trend of green wrappers. I generally don’t care for these types of cigars, but this one was a decent stick nonetheless.
Cigar of the Month recommends pairing it with a Pilsner. As is my usual habit when tasting cigars, however, I enjoyed mine with a good cup of coffee. They went together fine. Nonetheless, I think a Pilsner would go well with it. I just didn’t have any on hand.
In my grading system and review below, I have adopted the Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado method. It provides an excellent system for keeping track of my favorite smokes, and I recommend it to every cigar smoker.
Look of the Label
As the picture indicates, the label was fine. It had a nice play on its name.
Baccarat Candela Churchill’s Condition
The Baccarat Candela Churchill was well-constructed. It had the solid feel typical of a well-made cigar. It did, however, have very distinct seams and wrinkling covering the body.
Feel of the Cigar
The cigar felt too spongy and soft throughout. It was also inconsistent, with some places even softer than others.
Aroma of the Wrapper
The pre-lit cigar smelled terrific. The aroma was sweet with notes of vanilla, earth, and mint.
The cut was perfect. I was able to slice off the cap quickly and without issue, leaving the structure of the cigar mostly intact. Some very slight fraying resulted but nothing of great concern.
Lighting the Baccarat Candela Churchill
The Baccarat Candela Churchill lit up quickly and without issue.
The draw was excellent from beginning to end. It had just the right amount of resistance, making for a nice, relaxing smoke.
On the retrohale, the Baccarat Candela Churchill had notes of hay. It was, however, a bit abrasive as it traveled through my sinuses.
Baccarat Candela Churchill’s Flavor
On the cold draw, I picked up notes of sweetness and mint. After the light, the Baccarat Candela Churchill had hints of earth, grass, and mint. It had some nice flavors in there, but they were too weak to enjoy fully. It seemed like a wasted opportunity.
Aroma of the Smoke
After the light, the cigar’s smoke smelled of hay. It had a smooth aroma to it, but it wasn’t that appealing.
This cigar burned evenly and consistently throughout. It did, however, burn too quickly. I would expect most Churchills to last longer than this, particularly as I was intentionally taking my time as I smoked it to compensate for the fast burn rate.
The ash was fine. It was nothing impressive, but it also didn’t cause any trouble.
Effect of the Smoke
I know that this is a bit of an odd category to consider. As the author of The Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado notes, however, if the best-tasting cigar in the world makes you sick, it’s not a great cigar for you.
This area is, therefore, very personal. Some low-quality cigars will make most people sick. Still, when you’re talking about premium cigars, different people will react differently to different cigars.
The Baccarat Candela Churchill left me feeling relaxed and mellow, precisely what I want.
Baccarat Candela Churchill’s Tobacco
The Baccarat Candela Churchill showed itself to be well-made here. No flakes of tobacco found their way into my mouth at any point during the smoke.
Baccarat Candela Churchill Bonus Points
I enjoyed this cigar enough to smoke it all the way down to the nub. +1
Baccarat Candela Churchill’s Final Grade
Overall, this was a decent cigar at a fair price. $3.48 per stick is a hard price to beat for a B+ cigar.
Final Grade: 87 / B+
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