I originally looked at this blend in its Petite Robusto "Union" iteration HERE.
As to this here Churchill --
Bright and deceptively rich, although starts off with a worrisome green note. Sour chugs ahead then a warm sweetness joins them overtones, surpasses. Pale bitter notes and lightly then darker savory bits form neat-O undertones particularly whenst poultry hits in 3/3. Pepper-spice is white & 'nuff to just register+. Flirts with acidic when that note lurches ahead a bit but sweet-bitters always tracks it down. Balance is good, except for when it's not and complexities are there but stealthily-so. Nuances are nice via the roasting vegetal savory depths. There are unfortunate hints of stogie wet cardboard along the second-half's way.
Whatchoo know 'bout fusty?
Whatchoo know 'bout malts?
As far as body, bite hints hither and thither. Not as smooth as you'd maybe assume a lighter profile to be. Creamy rich feelz with a slight hum on the tongue-tip. Soft, but braced far-back by a rigid spine. Finish is of -moderate length and a simplified sweetness.
Strength? What strength? We got nada to prove here, amigo. It's a classic, this Metropolitan. A museum piece, really. A blend of a time gone by.
Combustion is a fast-paced thing which threatens a canoe outta the gate then settles. Ash makes an inch by not much, about 50% of the silvery time. Sorta sparse output leads to faded room-notes of sour & library book. Picks up in second-half and we got full library shelf.
Lettuce gander construction. An excellent smooth draw with a medium+ tension. Satiating/saturating yes/yes mildly-so. Seams loosen a hair but hold. Shoulder needs to be trimmed away in 3/3 but ya don't need to bother a mohel. No hard/soft spots but thunks a bit hollow against my thumbnail never squishes though.
WRAPPER: US Connecticut Shade
ORIGIN: Dominican Republic
FINAL GRADE: B
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59
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