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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Rock-A-Feller Dominican Blue Churchill in Review "(That Sounded More Dirty Than Intended)"

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Viintage Rock-A-Feller 
Dominican Blue Churchill

WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Habano
BINDER: Sumatran
FILLER: Dominican, CT Broadleaf

FORMAT: (748) Churchill, box-pressed
ORIGIN: Tabacalera L&V S.R.L, Dominican Republic
INTENSITY: Medium/Medium-Full

WEBSITE: www.vrcgcigars.com

NOTES:
Earth | Chocolate | Wood

One of those profiles that envelopes itself. Here in a darkly earthen bittersweet manner. Licorice & almond extract meanderings there, but I get ahead of myself. Chocolate begins a bit waxily but evolves into a fairly scrumptious fudge. 'Fairly' writ large across profile -- in & of itself, surely-so. Wood begins in a buttery oak but picks up chicory & hickory additions, each via scorching delivery. Finishes in a lengthy extension of primary notes, cleanly enough.

The wood-mix unfortunately mutes a nicely developing leather in the upper-midsection. Then interferes w/ chocolate. A good-bit harshly-so. Under this is a black peppercorn, anise, cumin spiciness. Then a plum note. Finally that earthiness already mentioned -- pulling with it two ticks of scorching. Drying up-front, there is some savory salivating on the back-end (that sounded more dirty than intended). Aroma is quite nice, the leather holds there meatily and is poshly sweet-spiced.

Burn woes begin out of the gate, a constant wobbly puckering jaggedness. Ash splits, aerates, fails. Combustion ceases entirely at the mid-point. Touch-ups are needed prior & post that, Draw is hesitant, erring toward hollow. Box-press & rest of build hold admirably, however. Really does taste nice, if viewed separately from the scorched bits, w/ eyes on warm-sweet tidings. Ultimately imbalanced & inelegant. Not complex but deeply nuanced. A near miss, sadly, but not sans merit here & there.

TASTE: B
DRAW: B
BURN: B-
BUILD: B

FINAL GRADE: B
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

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