Weeks before he deployed, a friend of mine called me up with a box of cigars. A box of a make that, at the time, I was not familiar, with, but would later become quite acquainted with, a box of darker cigars with a band that had a picture of a beautiful woman and said, quite simple ‘La Aroma De Cuba’.
It turns out that this is the recreation of an old Cuban brand that Winston Churchill himself is said to have favored. The brand is made for Ashton by My Father’s Don Pepin Garcia, and only a name like Don Pepin Garcia would possibly be able to revitalize a cigar brand that has such a storied history to it. Don Pepin Garcia utilized Cuban-seed Nicaraguan tobaccos, which is to say they were tobaccos that were made with seed taken from Cuba, most likely by people involved in the cigar trade in Cuba who were run out of Cuba during the revolutions or the Spanish-American War.
The filler and binder are from Nicaragua, and the wrapper is Connecticut Broadleaf, creating a cigar that, from start to finish, produces thick plumes of white smoke. In the beginning, the Churchill has flavors of cream and a sweet chocolate, and as the cigar burns, these flavors slowly transition into a more wood-y taste, a taste of cedar. In the end, the taste ends up as a coffee flavor, and the cigar continues to burn beautifully till the end.
This La Aroma De Cuba Churchill was not just flavorful and just a shade under being full-bodied, but it is a consistently delicious and flavorful cigar that can be enjoyed any time of day, but that will be an especially good companion to dessert.