Doc’s Cigar Corner: John Bull

The featured cigar is the Sir Winston Churchill by John Bull Cigars, an English company.

The Bull comes in several vitolas: Robusto (5.5″ x 52), Britannia (6″ x 48), Corona (5.6″ x 44), Prime Minister (7.2″ x 54) and the Sir Winston (7″ x 47). All use the same blend, with an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper over Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers, and a Dominican or Nicaraguan binder. They are packaged in 30-count boxes (a very nice, sturdy box), and are available from CIGAR.com and Cigars International as well as other vendors. This review concerns only the Sir Winston Churchill.

Construction is good to excellent. In many examples smoked, I found the most common problem to be unevenness of burn, which is easily managed by positioning. This will turn into slow runners rapidly, unless managed. Ash integrity is good, and after 1 1/2 to 2 inches, the uneven burn tends to disappear, yielding a crisp, straight ash requiring little attention.

The flavor profile is subtle but fairly complex. Flavors of natural tobacco (somewhat sweet in some examples) and earthy tones predominate. This background combines with notes of oak, cedar, or both to complete the basic flavor combination. Spice (light to medium white pepper) becomes apparent early, and persists at varying intensity from minimal to moderate. Notes of leather appear at times, as do notes of grass or hay, but this is variable and does not happen with every example smoked. The cigar is medium-bodied overall, with some variability to be expected.

Assessment: This is a good to excellent daily cigar at a very reasonable price ($2.45 per stick in boxes of 30).

Enjoy!

Doc

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