Chinnock Cellars, owned and operated by Brian Chinnock, is a true boutique cigar company residing in Napa, California. Through his Chinnock Cellars wine company, Brian influences all of his cigars by the premium wine he creates. His most recent cigar, the Cremoir, is made out to be Chinnock’s “cream of the crop”. Competing with the more well-established Terroir and Pressoir, the Cremoir is no stranger to its sibling’s superb use of wine techniques—drawing inspiration from a wine fermentation process known as MLF. The Malo-Lactic Fermentation process helps produce a creamy or “Cremoir” flavor in white wines and this similar flavor component can be found in cigars as well.

SEE ALSO: Terroir by Chinncok Cellars cigar review

Cremoir [French pronunciation: crem-war] n. cream or creaminess – Cremoir is the richest part of the milk and always rises to the “top”. This action derives its secondary meaning of “cream of the crop” or “best of the best”!Chinnock Cellars

Cremoir is the fourth cigar for Chinnock (and the brand’s first Connecticut wrapper)—it is billed as “Limited Edition” but it appears the cigars may be in continuous, small batch production.

Cremoir Breakdown

  • Wrapper: Honduran Connecticut
  • Binder: Nicaraguan
  • Filler: Nicaraguan | Honduran | San Andrés
  • Factory: Compañía Hondureña de Tabacos (Honduras)
  • Production: Small batch/Limited Edition
  • Vitola: 6″ x 52 Toro
  • Price: $10

Like its predecessors, the Cremoir is simply a beautiful cigar. A buttery smooth Connecticut shade wrapper is rolled to perfection—triple capped and finished off with a very elegant band. Unlike the experimental/extravagant band of the Terroir, it’s nothing fancy—plain paper—although, the classic design seems very fitting for the cigar’s concept.

Smoking Experience

The golden wrapper lights up easily and welcomes a good toasting. The first few draws start very mellow, with a delicate cedar and white wine barely dancing on the palate—a slow waltz, if you will… The smoke is also a tad bitter from the start, with a grassy earth finish that seems to slightly work against a more preferable profile. The smoke is also rather dry, not quite what I was expecting from a “Cremoir” cigar.

Chinnock Cellars Cremoir Toro cigar review



Further into the first third, there is good news in all respects: flavor, smoke, and construction. Starting with the flavor, things have livened up a bit. Although still rather mild, a bigger bouquet has formed. Cream, coffee, Brazilian nut, and a touch of white pepper (I see you, San Andrés). The retrohale is very smooth, with a mellow cedar aroma, spice, and citrus. The smoke has also lost all of its bitter qualities and has developed a touch of the creaminess I had hoped for. Construction is top-notch, with a perfect draw, good smoke output, and very solid ash.

Smoking a good three inches, flavors don’t change characteristics a whole lot. The palate is still slow, waltzing around my tongue, but now there is just a few more dancers involved. The coffee and cream make up the forefront, with a delicate but satisfying white wine and cedar finish. Down to the nub, the body increases a few tics, but still at a mild to low medium. Strength does have a significant presence nearing the end, dancing very close to the edge of the body’s maximum—although never falling overboard.

Would I smoke this again?

On the right occasion. This is an extremely delicate cigar that needs the utmost attention from its consumer to be enjoyed properly. Not only that, but to get the most out of it, I’d suggest a group smoking session in order to fully appreciate what it has to offer.

Chinnock Cellars Cremoir cigar review and rating

Cremoir by Chinnock Cellars
Brian Chinnock produces some extremely high quality cigars. Beyond that, his stuff has seriously interesting techniques cooked up under the hood of each of his cigars. It’s impressive how Brian is able to meld his wine craft into his cigar craft, and at the end of the day, it works. The Cremoir is a great smoke with impressive attention to detail, and although its delicate flavors aren’t for everyone, it deserves to be enjoyed by anyone willing to give it the same attention to detail it has already offered you.
Appearance90%
Burn/Construction100%
Draw90%
Flavor88%
Complexity84%
Price/Value90%
Pros
  • Draw
  • Smoke output
  • Rewards close attention
Cons
  • A little bitter
  • Low complexity
90%Crafty Cream
Reader Rating: (5 Votes)
63%

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