Connoisseur’s Corner: A Churchill For Sir Winston

H. Upmann Sir Winston

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Partagás Lusitania (1972)

This Lusitania is made in its original style—a Conde 109 shape, which is a double corona with a pointed head. It is a virtually perfect smoke. The good draw and burn deliver smoke with a delicate combination of white pepper and cinnamon on the palate, with a hint of cedar on the long finish. A cigar with 46 years in the box—and a lot of life left in it. —Gordon Mott

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Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo des Dieux (1994)

Le Hoyo cigars have intrigued me since I first saw one in a shop in Havana back in 1996. The des Dieux is just over six inches long, with a slim 42 ring gauge, and this well-aged example is exceptionally woody from the first puff. The draw and burn are near perfect, and the wood is soon joined by notes of walnut and English breakfast tea. It’s a medium-bodied smoke with a pleasantly sweet almond paste finish. —David Savona

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L’Atelier LAT56 (2012)

The cellophane wrapper from this well-rolled cigar has developed a nice shade of yellow. Big chocolate notes on the start segue into a cadre of baking spices: cinnamon, clove and cardamom. The wood note from the original tasting is more nuanced now, showing hints of roasted vanilla and a distinct coffee bean note. Salted leather comes in on the end. Still strong overall, but much more refined. —Andrew Nagy