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Hammer & Sickle Tradicion Serie Churchill
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: DonM

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Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique generously sponsored by our member klamm143 (Kevin).  This was done as a blind review so there were no pre-concieved notions about what anyone was smoking.  The cigar provided for this round is the">Hammer & Sickle Tradicion Serie Churchill.

This was a Cigar Aficionado Top 25 pick in 2015 (coming in at No. 11). As the brand name indicates, Hammer + Sickle has opted for tradition over trend with its TradiciĆ³n Serie Churchill. It isn't a scaled up, modern interpretation of a Churchill, as others have created, but stays within traditional parameters. Eric Hanson, who released his first Hammer + Sickle brand in 2010, has adopted the symbol of Russia as the cigar's logo. He points out that the hammer and sickle does not represent the Soviet Union (which incorporated a star), but symbolizes Russia's industrial north and agrarian south. For him, it's a heritage symbol and not political.

Hammer & Sickle Tradicion Serie Churchill

Hammer & Sickle
Tradicion Serie Churchill
Ring Gauge:
Country of Origin:
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
Connecticut Shade
Colorado Claro
Average Member Rating:
4.5 star rating based on 1 Review(s) (1 Review(s))
This cigar was enjoyed with Black coffee

Pre-Light: 9 Points of 10 Possible

The wrapper has a very slight oil to it with a few veins in the wrapper, giving it a slight lumpy/bumpy appearance. The cap by appearance is well made although not completely perfect in shape.  By touch, this cigar was firm with no soft spots.  This cigar has a slight aroma of cured tobacco.

Lighting and Burn: 9 Points of 15 Possible

Initially it was a struggle to get this cigar going, it just didn't want to get a good light and had minimal smoke.  After a few minutes of the same scenario, I couldn't take it anymore and hit it with the draw poker.  That helped some.  The ash was a light/dark gray mottled color.  The burn is only slightly wavy
 at times and never had to be corrected.  At the end of 1/3 I had to relight, just would not stay lit. After having to relight numerous times, this was considered a problem, I suspect that the cigar could have used a longer nap prior to smoking.  

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

The initial draw was a bit tight. The cigar had a light brown wrapper of what you would expect of a CT wrapper.  The overall construction was average, showing a few veins in the wrapper but well rolled.  The cap was not perfectly round although cutting was clean and straight.  The cap held together with the cut.  

Flavor and Aroma: 38 Points of 45 Possible

1/3 While I struggled with draw and smoke volume initially, the flavors were mild with a bit of citrus, wood and a hint of spice.

2/3 At this point, flavors blended well with the same mild profile with a slightly bolder flavor.  I continued to struggle with relights and smoke volume which hindered getting a good grasp on flavors.

3/3  More mild tobacco flavors that blended well with wood, citrus and slight pepper.  The strength remained mild.  In the ending a slight ammonia taste came in and I let the cigar go.  

The flavors were really hindered by the lack of smoke and keeping this cigar lit.    


Overall, this is an average mild cigar with some nice flavors.  I enjoyed this in on the 1st morning that it was a bit cooler here and was enjoyable with some coffee and water.  Thanks Kevin for including me in this review.  I did have some struggles with keeping it lit and smoke volume.  My suspicions are that with a bit more rest, the results would have been a bit higher.  It did get a short nap @ 65% humidity, I suspect it could have used some more time in the humidor

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