Some might call it a triple threat!
It celebrates the work of this great man who got his best work done in the late hours of the day. Whether that work / thought be on the roof of the cabinet war rooms during the blitz overlooking ravaged London, or with Roosevelt trying to save the world.
Below I’ll be covering both the cigars and the whisky glasses. Furthermore, I also had the fortune to see the accompanying humidors in person on a recent trip to Las Vegas and they were stunning! So I’ll give them a mention too.
The Late Hour Items
Along with the three cigar sizes, Davidoff launched a number of other related items:
- Churchill – 48 x 7″
- Toro – 54 x 6″
- Robusto – 52 x 5″
- Whisky Glasses
The Late Hour Cigar Review
I’m usually a fan of the wider gauge cigar, but when in Rome do as the Romans. In this case that meant going with the traditional Churchill size.
This is a premium cigar coming in just north of $20 per stick. At this price point one should expect high quality in both the consistency of the smoke and overall cigar constitutions.
In addition to being from a premium brand, the cigar also has the title of the first one to have its tobacco leaves aged in Scotch whisky barrels for six months before being rolled. Being somewhat of a whisky fan I was especially excited to see how this would impact the flavor profile, and further how it would pair / possibly enhance having it along with a dram of good stuff itself.
Trevor Guilday (Bespoke Unit’s travel editor) and I sat down with the cigar in one hand, and dram in the other to talk shop and enjoy what we hoped would be a premium experience all round.
I was not disappointed by the initial aroma of The Late Hour cigar, along with the impression of its construction. I’d expect nothing less from a brand like Davidoff.
There was a slight hint of whisky aromas, with tobacco (obviously) but also other great whisky notes such as woody oaks, leather and toffee.
The initial impression of the cigar was of one that was very smooth….
As the middle third of the smoke arrived, the flavors mellowed even more to rich notes of chocolate and coffee.
Even towards the end I got no “burn” or overly smokey profile.
For me personally, not being a regular cigar smoker this is at the top of my list and shall be at the top of my go to choices when the next occasion should occur for a celebration!
Davidoff The Late Hour Whisky Glasses
To enhance the experience a touch further, I also bought two of the accompanying whisky glasses ($95 for the pair).
They had three great features:
- Great weight
- Nicely etched Winston Churchill silhouette on the base
- Double notch on the side of the glass to accommodate the cigar itself. I found this most enjoyable at the beginning of the experience… (before the cigar got too short)
The quality of the glasses is spot on considering the relatively high price point.
Staring down at Churchill as you put the world to rights with a friend, or even just contemplate your own thoughts is inspirational.
The glasses and cigars make a perfect pair.
Winston Churchill The “London” Primos Humidor
Although I do not own the humidor, I wanted to mention it for its stunning looks.
Further as it’s made by a French atelier labelled as a Living Heritage Company (Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant), the quality is second to none.
The Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (EPV) label is a mark of recognition awarded by the French State to firms of excellence, which follow traditional manufacturing methods.
There are two sizes coming in at $1,559 (smaller one seen above) and $2,050 respectively, but if you have the excess cash and place in your office I’d say it’s well worth the investment.
Overall I was very impressed with the cigar first and foremost.
But beyond that I was impressed in the other accompanying accessories that Davidoff pared with this release in the physical products and even videos from Churchill’s great grandson “Randolph Churchill” on their website.
If you’re looking for a great new cigar to smoke that has a fun romantic story, as well as a place in history, look no further…
"Being relatively new to cigars I found this to be a great entry level set! Perfect for those interested in cigars, whisky and the history of Winston Churchill."Rating: 5.0 ★★★★★