User Rating: Very Good
Pros:Appearance, Taste, Sweet Mix, Mild to Medium, Pricing
Cons:Burn Rate, Lighting
The Bottom Line: The Fonseca Vintage Churchill's a big stick, that allows you to experience a mild to medium cigar.
The Dominican Republic cigar companies, for whatever reason, just seem to churn out some really attractive cigars. While the majority of their smokes are mild in body, they make up for it with regards, to how they look. Often you can purchase a $7 stick from this country, and it will look a lot more expensive than that. Fonseca is one of many brands, and its never going to be among the titans. Yet, what it does usually offer is good quality, a mild to medium experience, and value. With their low cost, the Vintage Churchill is among their prettiest cigars, and I recently had one after dinner. It is a "chilling type" of cigar, so if you are looking for something really strong, consider another smoke.
Recommend this product?
This one starts off a bit strong. There are notes of pepper and coffee, and a bit of what I'd describe to be hickory. This sweet bit of taste was appreciated, although it is different, than most natural wrapper cigars. Some may not like this, but I liked the way it tasted throughout, and it does mellow out quite well. The first five minutes are medium in body, the rest of the time it falls into the mild category. This isn't to say its weak, as it still does provide flavor. The smoke volume is also impressive, and I must say that I am enamored by the easy draw too. There will be no pucker face expressions required, but rather just fire it up and kick back.
My concerns with this cigar, are not taste or appearance related. What I did not like what that its burn rate, was uneven at various points. This caused me to have to re-light it, and also the initial firing up will take you some time. That's not only because this is a 7x50 sized monster, but also due to the end being hard to get burning. Even with turning, this one takes effort. If Fonseca can figure out how to get those parts improved a bit, which often is the case after a few years, this is going to be an even better cigar. The construction was adequate for the most part, and it is durable. I think it will be fine for all smokers, even those who chew away, with vise types of grips.
This cigar lasted me over an hour. I do like the taste, and its a fine morning smoke, or after dinner type. That's when I had it, and it tasted quite fine with a bit of brandy that was enjoyed. I think the liquor accentuated its flavors even more so, but this one will also be paired well with any beverage. That's includes even beer and coffee. I paid $7 for this, and if you purchase a box, expect a decent discount. Fonseca is quite generous with buying in bulk, and if this one catches your fancy, it might be an excellent bargain. I'll give it an average rating, because of the burn and lighting issues, but I have to say that it is pretty close to being four stars. This was not an easy decision for once, and its worth having just to check it off of your cigar list.
Cigar Name: Vintage Churchill Fonseca
Cigar Rating: A solid performer
Price per cigar ($US): 7