On this week’s episode we smoked the United Natural Churchill and as become customary today we share a review of the cigar we smoked. This review is a rebroadcast of the Natural Robusto.
Cigar: United Cigar Box Press
Size: 5 x 54 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Brazilian Mata Fina, Dominican Habano Corojo and Dominican Habano Criollo 98
The Look: The band of the cigar features a shield of red white and blue, that reminds me of the old AHL team the Rochester Americans. The brown band is distressed and a brown ribbon with white text denotes United. The box press is fairly ugly with some creases in the wrapper near the cap. The natural shade of Connecticut Broadleaf that adorns the cigar has some thin veins and some nice oils despite a rough feel under the fingers. The United Cigar is well packed with no soft spots.
The Notes: The aroma off the foot of the cigar is sweet with some chocolate notes and a hint of apricot. The cold draw of the cigar has an earthy part to it with a sweetness as well. Once the cigar is clipped it is very much reminiscent of a Padron Thousand Series.
The first third of the cigar has some sweetness to it with underlying notes of coffee and nuts. As we progress deeper into the first third the sweetness becomes a defined cocoa and the third comes to a close some spice develops through the nose and slightly on the aroma.
The second third of the United Cigar Box Press sees the stick continue with notes of nuts and coffee, but the spice begins to kick further up through the nose and some notes of clove that develop at the half-way point and linger for about an inch before dissipating.
The last third sees an increase in cocoa notes, although they come off more as the powder used in hot chocolate compared to pieces of cocoa. On the finish there are notes of dark chocolate and a lingering spice.
The Finish: If you take the band off of this cigar you might think it was something that is a staple in most humidors. However, since it is a brand many have not heard of they might be hesitant to try them. I’m glad I don’t profile my cigars, because this a great under $5.00 option.