I believe this is from 1999. Box code unknown as this was a gift. Been in humidor since 10 January 2010.
This was given to me with the proviso that the sender hadn’t had any from this box yet, but had heard that boxes from this period were sometimes sub-standard. I’m not sure in what aspect they were meant to be so, as the construction and burn on this were good. That said, the flavours did seem a little muted, but then this is the only churchill I have smoked and I don’t often smoke cigars of this age so either of those may be responsible.
Despite this, it certainly wasn’t a bad smoke and I would still have chosen this over an NC any time.