Fumadores Churchill

This is a discontinued brand, made by My Father Cigars exclusively for the famous Philadelphia based Holts cigar shop which is owned by the Levin family, owners of Ashton, Benchmade, La Aroma de Cuba/Del Caribe and San Cristobal/Paradiso of which the last three are also made by My Father. And this Fumadores I bought while I visited the shop back in 2009.


The cigar is a medium filler, which means that the cigar isn’t completely made with full leaves but with the smaller pieces left over from producing the premium longfillers. Using the left over tobacco makes it possible to create very cheap cigars and I believe that I paid less than 50 dollars for a box of 20 Churchill sized cigars. The blend is a mix of Nicaraguan Corona, Habano and Criollo tobacco with an Ecuadorian wrapper.


The cellophane has a nice golden brown glow to it because the oils of the wrapper have been staining it for almost a decade. The wrapper is nice medium brown, mild oily but wrinkly and brittle. The ring is simple, beige with dark brown and it says Fumadores, imported, hand made and the initials JPG which stands for Jose Pepin Garcia. The cigar feels well rolled with a nice triple cap. For an almost 10 year old budget cigar the strong manure and barnyard aroma blows me away, just from the smell it could pass as a fresh cigar.


When I wet the cap to cut it the saltiness of the wrapper surprises me. The cold draw is fine but I get small pieces of tobacco in my mouth along with a peppery flavor. After lighting I taste pepper, herbs and salt. After half an inch I taste herbs with salt and licorice. After an inch I taste salt with honey and herbs. Halfway I taste salted peanuts with herbs and a honey like sweetness. The flavor then changed to a salty and mild sweet toast. The last third starts with vanilla and pepper, wood and herbs.


The draw is a bit off, a bit loose. The smoke is thin and low in quantity. The light gray ash is dense and firm. The burn is straight as an arrow. This is a medium bodied medium flavored cigar. The evolution is good. The smoke time is an hour and forty five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Funny to see how my preferences changed, in 2009 I said ‘hell yeah’ today I say ‘no’. However this would be a nice humidor filler for guest who want to try a cigar but aren’t regular smokers.

Score: 83

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Fumadores robusto

These sandwich style cigars are made by Don Pepin Garcia exclusively for Holts and are sold as cheap as $42 for a box of 20 robustos. The cigars are a blend of Nicaraguan Criollo, Corojo and Habano seed tobaccos with an Ecuadorian wrapper. This specific cigar had been resting in my humidor for at least a year and a half, possibly even longer. All cigars are individually wrapped in cellophane
The oily wrapper is a bit pale brown and has lots of veins. There are some soft spots in the construction of this mild box pressed cigar. I like the simple yet clear band. The cigar has a medium strong smell of straw and wood. The predraw is fine and I taste dry tobacco.
I taste a full flavored coffee with some cedar wood. After half an inch I also taste some herbs and the strength of the flavors decreases a bit. After an inch I notice the coffee getting weaker while the herbs grow in strength. I also taste some toasted flavors and nuts, but these flavors are smooth.
Halfway I discover a hint of chocolate and I taste a full herbal flavor with some nuts and cedar. The cedar disappears and I taste a perfect mix of chocolate and nuts behind a strong herbal flavor. Near the end I only taste cedar wood and cayenne pepper.
Even though this is a sandwich style cigar, it still lasted me for an hour. I got a lot of smoke from this stick but the smoke is thin. The draw is fine and the burn only had some minor issues. This full flavored and medium bodied smoke has a firm, salt & pepper colored, ash.
Would I buy this cigar again? For these prices? Hell yeah!

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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