This one did everything right on the day. An enjoyable smoke with good draw, construction and burn. Mild flavours, got 1:25hrs out of it.
So far in the short time I've been in love with Cuban cigars I've smoked more of these than any other cigar. Part of that draw has been my natural attraction towards the Robusto vitola, the ease I've had in obtaining them (at least to date) and the enjoyment I have in smoking them. The cold draw of the Short Churchill tastes like hay and faint chocolate to me. Once lit and burning, I detect notes of cedar, vanilla, leather, cacao and later coffee as I puff along. I find this cigar to be very creamy and its resulting smoke dense and aromatic. I suspect the Short Churchill would go very well with coffee, although I haven't paired the two yet. I find the construction very consistent, along with a burn duration around an hour and ten minutes or so. I haven't had the Churchills or the Wides yet, but I imagine that they are equally enjoyable.
The short Churchill implies a a reduced version of the great man - or cigar in this case. But imagine a shorter stubbier version of something and you get the picture. In my view it just does not quite work. It’s not as smooth as the real thing nor as unctuous as it’s wider cousin. As a Robusto I find it quite sharp and a tiny bit unsatisfying - consider that my displeasure is very unusual when it comes to cigars since in reality there is no such thing as a bad Cuban cigar. Might this be one of those occasions? Don’t take my word for it - the short Churchill is considered a fine part of any collection and I even have some: but it is rare these days that I send down for them.