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Churchill, the man fancied his cigars. Mr. Churchill would have been pleased with the liberal amount of vintage cigar leaf that has been added to this traditional English mixture. A robust tobacco, and a special treat.

BrandWilke Pipe Tobacco
Blended ByJohn Brandt
Blend TypeCigar Leaf Based
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Cigar Leaf, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging2 oz. bag, 4 oz. bag, 8 oz. bag 16 oz. bag
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong
None Detected, Medium to Strong
Room Note

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lensman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
lensman (30)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Churchill is a happy near-miss for me. I was hoping for more of a cigar taste, what with the name Churchill and the description of a "liberal amount of vintage cigar leaf." The Latakia pushes hope of that away. Much more cigar leaf would be needed here, and less Latakia, for a genuine cigar taste.

Smokey and fairly smooth, I experienced little tongue bite. This pipe-weed smokes equally well in small to large bowls, meerschaum or briar. Not a fussy blend here.

Definitely qualifies as a full taste, and a rather pleasant one at that. I enjoyed the strength of the blend, experiencing a buzz with a kick. Perhaps I will get with P&W's blender, Carole, and ask for a customized version. Nice to know you can do that.

This tastes nothing like the McClelland Dominican Glory Maduro, another blend that promises cigar notes but also falls a tad short. All things considered, it was fun, but it's really yet another English, and there are better offerings in that realm.

UPDATE: I did take the time to contact Carole at P&W to discuss a custom blending of Churchill. Specifically, I requested the Latakia be held way back to allow the cigar leaf a chance to show its stuff. She suggested adding a bit more VA as well. The resulting customized blend is very close to what I was looking for. She takes notes on the custom blend for when you reorder. There is a minimum 8 oz. purchase and a small surcharge on custom blends. I would readily rate my custom blend at four stars (but must leave my rating of standard Churchill at two). The Honduran cigar leaf now adds its unique spice, the VA (bright, ribbon) keeps things rounded, and the Latakia plays a wonderfully subdued (yet important) role. Easy pack, easy light, and excellent burn.

5 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Churchill is a masterfully created blend by Carole Burns, IMO. The Virginia, cigar leaf and unflavored black Cavendish provide a nice fullness while the Latakia is restrained by the Orientals. The cigar leaf is not an overpowering presence and will occasionally play hide and seek with the puffer's palate. Full and rich, Churchill was a home run for me. In going back over my impressions from several years ago, I believe that I've been remiss in not stocking up on this one.

3 people found this review helpful.

hockey01 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hockey01 (29)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Pleasant

A number of previous reviews criticized this blend for not having enough cigar leaf to be noticeable either in taste or aroma. I have to say that I thought this was a masterful blend, actually, with a lovely, soft room note and full, spicy taste. The cigar leaf was noticeable but not intrusive. Best to smoke this really gently so as not to get t-bite. I just really loved it as is.

I had another experience with a cigar-leaf blend where the cigar leaf was hardly noticeable at all; and what I did was this: someone had given me a pair of what they call herb scissors which are scissors with five sharp blades on each side and they're used to cut up herbs very finely for cooking. I had 4 oz. of the tobacco blend and I figured that a real cigar, a large one, probably weighs 2 oz. So I dumped the tobacco blend into a bowl and used the herb scissors to chop up the cigar. If you first cut the cigar down the middle with a knife, then open up the tobacco leaves and shred them with the herb scissors, you get a nice ribbon-like cut which then goes into the bowl to be mixed with the blend, and presto!, you have a new blend with more cigar leaf in it.

Or, you can call Carole, the master blender, and have her add some more cigar leaf for you, which is probably the preferable way to go about it. As Churchill himself put it, "I'm easily satisfied with the very best."

2 people found this review helpful.

emmbee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
emmbee (174)
Strong Mild Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

When the match first hit the bowl I was in seventh heaven. Since I love latakia, the spice literally bowled me over. Churchill reminds me a lot of Durbar turned up a notch. After smoking a few more bowls, though I still like this, I?m no longer crazy about it and am glad a friend of mine purchased only a small sampler of it. It?s less multi-dimensional than Durbar, and far stronger and hotter. This can be a tongue searer in the wrong sized bowl. Even in a big bowl it packs a wallop. This is quality latakia, oriental and cigar leaf, but I prefer Aperitif and Durbar for its complexity. Churchill is a little closer to Nightcap, but not as tar laden. Different tobacco producers ought to stick with what they do best. In the case of Wilke, aromatics are their forte, while unfortunately, their English blends, Churchill being no exception, fall short for me.

Two of five stars

2 people found this review helpful.

piedpiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
piedpiper (26)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

A cigar blend that actually allows the cigar leaf to come through. Back in the 70s I got my hands on a tin of Balkan Sobranie #10 & was enchanted by the rich, creamy taste of the cigar leaf that came through & from time to time try various cigar blends trying for that experience. This blend is not up to that standard, but is a solid offering & will better satisfy those who occasionally (or more than occasionally) dabble in cigar blends than say a McClellands Dominican Maduro. A solid 2 stars.

1 person found this review helpful.

N7COF Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
N7COF (56)
Medium to Strong Mild Full Pleasant

Just had my 1st bowl tonight & love this blend, I also do enjoy the occasional cigar.

Carole was a pleasure to deal with especially this being my 1st order from a tobacconist.

This is my 1st tobacco review & just started pipe smoking early last year so I'm not nearly as experienced as many of the other reviewers on TR.

Update 20 March 09 - I still love this blend, I did get some Key Largo & do a comparison, KL is good I just prefer Churchill.

Update 29 May 09 - I'm smoking mostly VaPers & Navy Flakes these days so this is no longer in my daily rotation. I do keep some in the cellar for when the craving comes calling.

1 person found this review helpful.

JazzSmoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JazzSmoke (37)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Unnoticeable

I really enjoy this blend which is a bit similar the Fox Bankers blend. I love cigar blends and this is good one. It is MUCH smoother that GLP Robusto, but it needs to be dried quite a bit. If you like this style it is worth a try.

1 person found this review helpful.

TheCornCob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TheCornCob (2)
Medium Very Mild Full Unnoticeable

It stands midway Dunhill Durbar and JJ Fox Banker's Mixture (old recipe). The amount of cigar leaf is not so liberal as in the description, however cigar aroma is a gentle, soft constant note well balanced with the classical English latakia taste. However full it may be, I think it's a very good all-day mixture.

1 person found this review helpful.

sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Very spicy, fine pipe tobacco. As every Pipeworks & Wilke it packs and burns extremely well, although I find this a little hotter than the other products of the blend. I also thought about Dunhill Durbar when I smoked it, but the English one is fuller and more complex. Very good.

1 person found this review helpful.

Ken Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ken (3)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Unnoticeable

"Room Note" is really inapplicable since my S.O. doesn't let me smoke in the house anyway:-). Carole sent me a sample of Churchill when she repaired a mouthpiece, and the sales tool worked. Yes, Churchill is strongish, it has a real cigar flavor to it, but instead of being sickening the way I've found many Syrian and Latakia mixtures (I mean to the point of wanting to throw up), the flavor of the tobacco actually is a bit sweet without being cloying or sugary. It's amazing that way. It's a strong tobacco but also one I can smoke all day. Which maybe explains why I'll order all I can get.

1 person found this review helpful.

thedstnguishdgntlmn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thedstnguishdgntlmn (360)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I am an ardent fan of Wilke tobaccos.I smoked them for years when I lived in New York. Churchill has always been one of my favorites in the full English category.It has all the great characterstics of a full blend with that special addition of cigar leaf.This blend is agreat change of pace for the English type mixture pipe man.The closest thing in flavor would be Dunhill's DURBAR. The cigar is not overpowering,in fact it adds a nice aroma and zing to the blend.If you are a cigar smoker or someone who appreciates a fine non-aromatic this is the blend for you.

1 person found this review helpful.