Cigar Aficionado

Hammer + Sickle Tradición Serie Churchill
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
48 48
Tasting Note
The Top 25 list is often a combination of classic cigar sizes and more experimental shapes. As the brand name indicates, Hammer + Sickle has opted for tradition over trend with its Tradición Serie Churchill. It isn't a scaled up, modern interpretation of a Churchill, as others have created, but stays within traditional parameters. Eric Hanson, who released his first Hammer + Sickle brand in 2010, has adopted the symbol of Russia as the cigar's logo. He points out that the hammer and sickle does not represent the Soviet Union (which incorporated a star), but symbolizes Russia's industrial north and agrarian south. For him, it's a heritage symbol and not political. The Churchill is tasty, but understated with a floral quality, touches of nutmeg and a sweet, earthy aftertaste.
Body Mild-Medium
Size Churchill
Ring Gauge 48
Length 7"
Filler Dom. Rep.
Binder Dom. Rep.
Wrapper Ecuador
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Jan 01, 2016
Price $8.99
Designation Top 25 of 2015 | Rank: 11
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2015 | Score: 93

The draw and burn of this gorgeous Churchill are perfect and even. Each puff is chewy and balanced with floral notes, wheatiness and a sophisticated marzipan finish. Elegant and sweet.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2014 | Score: 86

A reddish-brown Churchill with a musty mushroom note that is replaced by leather , minerals and sharp woods. The finish is chalky.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale