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Stogie Reviews: Don Luis Churchill

6 Sep 2007

Don Luis ChurchillOne of the joys of cigar smoking is discovering something new and enjoyable. I’ve mentioned the Costa Rican manufacturer Vegas de Santiago before, but now I’d like to focus on one of the company’s cigars that truly impressed me.

The Don Luis line was created to honor the Cuban cigar maker who had a tremendous influence on the company. I’d urge you to check out the website to learn more about Don Luis and their interesting approach to all aspects of the industry.

The beautiful honey colored Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper (which I’m afraid my photo does not adequately reproduce) sets the tone for a warm, smooth, and complex cigar. Don’t confuse mildness with boring. The blend of Nicaraguan filler and Indonesian binder tobaccos in this Churchill frequently shifts tastes, from pepper, nuts, and warm tobacco to a somewhat fruity sweetness. It is a cigar that repays careful attention.

Vegas de Santiago told me it has some dealers in the U.S. I’ve never come across one and have ordered cigars only online. Several very reasonable samplers are available. It also offers each line in a number of packaging options. Don Luis Churchills, for example, can be purchased in a cedar box of 10 for $42 or in a package for $38, as well as other ways.

The confidence of Vegas de Santiago is refreshing. They state flatly that they “do not try to imitate Cuban cigars,” preferring, instead, to set their own standards. I think you’ll find they are well on their way. I did, and I give the Don Luis Churchill a rating of four out of five stogies.

[To read more cigar reviews, please click here.]

George E


3 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Don Luis Churchill”

  1. Sean Thursday, September 6, 2007 at 2:30 pm #

    Ah yes, I remember where I heard about the Vegas de Santiago brand now. You mentioned the brand when talking about “boutique” cigar favorites. I ordered a “Vegas” sampler and have enjoyed them all. Not a bad price either.

    I love finding those hidden treasures that get overlooked.

    Thanks for exposing these.


  2. DSacks Thursday, September 6, 2007 at 4:34 pm #

    This awesome website is particularly helpful when it introduces me to new smokes to try. Thanks for the review, George.

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