The 25 Best Cigars of the Year 2011

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Made By
Cigars Davidoff
Factory Location
Dominican Republic
Wrapper
Ecuador
Binder
Dom. Rep.
Filler
Dom. Rep., Peru, Nicaragua
Price
$9.80
Ring Gauge
43
Length
5"
Rating
92

Winston Churchill Chartwell


The Winston Churchill brand, which was launched in late 2007 as a collaboration between Davidoff of Geneva and Sir Winston Churchill’s grandson, is rolled at the Cigars Davidoff factory in the Dominican Republic, run by Hendrik “Henke” Kelner. The line is the only cigar made at that factory that doesn’t bear the Davidoff name. The brand struggled in the beginning—early versions scored in the mid 80s, and prices as high as $22 per cigar made them a difficult sell.

With lower prices and some new sizes, today’s Winston Churchills are faring better. The corona-sized Chartwell—which wasn’t one of the original sizes—is a delicious smoke, with a pleasant combination of earthy flavors, hearty coffee bean notes and just enough sweetness on the palate. The cigar has a pleasant toasty finish.