April 06, 2013

Cult Fuerte Churchill (7 x 48)

Video review HERE.

This is the third cigar from the Cult series that I'm reviewing. The first two got very good marks with a 90 and 92. This cigar is billed on the Cult webpage as a fuller bodied cigar. Cult Fuerte is manufactured by Tacasa S.A. in Esteli, Nicaragua.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Ometepe, Nicaraguan
Filler: Jalapa, Nicaraguan
Box Quantity: 24 Cigars
Bundle Quantity: 25 Cigars

The Cult box is among the most decorative I've ever seen. Take a look at a typical box below. (click on the pic for a larger image)

Lots of wood and metal making it very decorative. It's also quite heavy feeling.
The cigar is a light brown and has a pigtail cap.
The cigar has a nice density and a partially closed foot. Take a look at it below.

After cutting just the minimum from the pigtail cap the test draw was effortless. The initial flavors were a lot of black pepper, sweet orange-like citrus notes, and a nice cream. There are also leather notes acting as a base. The cigar is medium to full bodied.

About 3/4 inch in the ash fell off so that's why you don't see the initial ash in the picture. With all the large ring cigars I've smoked lately it's amazing at how small a 48 ring looks now. The flavors have settled down into a sweet citrus, cream, and a lot of leather notes now. The pepper is very good and I rate it a 7. There are also nutmeg notes appearing at this point. The cigar is still medium to full bodied. The finish is a toasted cream with some lingering pepper.

About 2 inches in the cigar has changed to one of only nutmeg as your sweet-like flavor. The leather remains strong and there are now coffee notes. The finish is unchanged. This cigar is burning rather quickly. At this point I'm about 20 minutes in. The cigar plays off as a fuller bodied version of the Cult cigar although in terms of strength I still say it's medium to full bodied.

With about 3 inches remaining the nutmeg is still nice with a touch of sweetness. There are also some bitter notes. The leather and coffee remain unchanged. The pepper is also unchanged, as well as the finish. Twice the ash has fallen off and it almost fell off a third time but I made it to the ashtray. The ash appears to be very fragile so be aware if you're wearing a nice shirt and pants!

The cigar ended up at about the 1 hour 10 minute mark. That's fairly quick for a churchill. Plus, as you can see the cigar burned very evenly. The nutmeg notes are still your main flavor. It has very little sweetness and no richness. The leather are still prominent and the coffee is still holding the base. The pepper has ticked up a little to an 8. The finish is unchanged. The cigar ended up at medium to full bodied. The flavors in this cigar are very good and make you think of a full bodied cigar even though it is not. If the flavors in this cigar were sweeter and if it had some richness it would have achieved a higher score. However, I very much enjoyed the cigar and urge you to give them a try.

The Cult series is a hit as far as I'm concerned. A very nice addition to any one's rotation.

Score: 88

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