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Davidoff Winston Churchill The Late Hour Petit Panatela: A Review for the Discerning Aficionado

The Davidoff Winston Churchill The Late Hour Petit Panatela is a cigar steeped in history and intrigue. Inspired by Sir Winston Churchill's penchant for late-night contemplation and fueled by tobacco aged in Scotch whisky casks, this petite powerhouse promises a unique and complex smoking experience. Ive enjoyed both the robusto and toro versions of Late Hour but for some people they can be little overpowering, my hope with this new vital is that the blend will be more accessible to newer cigar smokers.


First Impressions:

Visually, the Late Hour Petit Panatela is a stunner. Its Ecuador Habano wrapper boasts a deep, oily chocolate hue, hinting at the rich flavors to come. The construction is flawless, with a smooth, seamless roll and a satisfyingly firm feel in the hand.



Davidoff Winston Churchill The Late Hour Petit Panatela


A pre-light aroma reveals a symphony of enticing notes: cocoa, leather, earth, and a whisper of that elusive whisky influence. It's a scent that begs to be ignited.


Lighting Up:

The cigar lights readily, taking flame with a gentle kiss of the torch. The initial draw is smooth and creamy, delivering a wave of espresso, roasted nuts, and a touch of spice. The whisky notes are subtle at first, adding a gentle warmth and depth to the smoke.


The Smoke Journey:

As the cigar progresses, the flavor profile evolves with each third. The first third is a delightful interplay of sweetness and spice, with notes of honey, cinnamon, and a hint of orange peel dancing on the palate. The whisky influence becomes more pronounced, adding a touch of leather and oak that lingers pleasantly in the finish.



Davidoff Winston Churchill The Late Hour Petit Panatela


The second third sees the spice ramp up, with black pepper and ginger joining the party. The sweetness takes a backseat, replaced by a rich earthiness and a hint of dark chocolate. The whisky notes are now undeniable, adding a smoky complexity that is both intriguing and satisfying.



Davidoff Winston Churchill The Late Hour Petit Panatela


The final third is a crescendo of flavor. The spice reaches its peak, with notes of chili pepper and clove warming the palate. The earthiness deepens, offering espresso, dark chocolate, and hints of damp forest floor. The whisky influence takes center stage, adding a smoky, peaty character that lingers long after the final puff.



Davidoff Winston Churchill The Late Hour Petit Panatela


The Verdict:


The Davidoff Winston Churchill The Late Hour Petit Panatela is a cigar for the discerning aficionado. It's a complex and nuanced smoke that rewards slow contemplation and attentive savoring. While the whisky influence is subtle at first, it gradually builds, adding a unique and fascinating dimension to the overall experience. That being said, the best thing about this cigar is that it gives the novice smoke a way to experience this unique blend at a reasonable price without risking wasting a larger cigar if the flavours do not meet your personal taste.


Overall:

The Davidoff Winston Churchill The Late Hour Petit Panatela is a masterpiece in miniature. It's a cigar that pushes the boundaries of what a petit panatela can be, offering a deeply satisfying and thought-provoking smoking experience. If you're looking for a truly special smoke that will linger in your memory long after the final puff, look no further. 




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