Just A Taste
Size: 4.5 x 54
Wrapper: Costa Rica
Binder and Filler: Cuban Seed Corojo and Ecuadorian Ligero
Strength: High Medium to Low Full
Behind The Stick:
Many of you who read the site often know that Graycliff cigars are not a regular occurrence on the site ( actually, this is the first review of one! ). These cigars are produced in the cigar haven of the Bahamas, usually are knowingly insanely expensive or have a pre-smoke caveat of ‘is the one of the bad ones?’. Many people have been turned off by them over the years and I must admit I am directly on the fence – I’ve had two different Grayclfif blends in my life – one had this god awful ‘mildew’ taste I could not get rid of and the second one was simply very, very enjoyable – far to extreme to really judge but, at the same time, enough to keep me away from trying more. That being said – due to the cost and my previous issues, I only have a single of this cigar to smoke so keep that in mind – also, thanks to @Keith1911 I want to point out I got this cigar from CI and NOT a local B&M. Just a taste this time.
For a 15 dollar cigar, this thing sure looks like shit. The entire cigar is lose to the touch with the foot reminding me more of a broom than a cigar – uneven, lose and flimsy. Okay – Maybe not that bad but the cigar did have a lower than expected roll quality. There are a few veins but nothing huge, although one appeared to have been pinched in the mold – one side had a ‘lip’ for about 3 inches of the cigar. Now – even with all this crap my pet peeve, removal of the band, was flawless. Just a little tug and boom – came right off as I wanted. I guess its not a complete flop.
The cigar starts off with this decent chocolate, coffee and sweet tobacco flavor – it was not overpowering but was very close to that point yet strangely enjoyable kind of ‘pushing the envelope’. To be honest, the coffee core is a little bland – defined coffee but like a cup of instant vs a cup of gourmet. Near the first inch that fucking mildew flavor kicked in – not going to lie I set the son of a bitch down, let it burn out and was debating on chalking up the whole review and running over the cigar with my car – but – I decided better of that and poured some more Bookers and got back to the task at hand. I re-lit the cigar and the coffee backbone was joined again by the light chocolate but this time the mildew flavor was gone and was replaced by a sweet and mild spice – reminded me of hot coco or warm apple cider when I was a kid – okay – I’ll keep smoking . . . for now. The cigar seemed to maintain this flavor profile, a few slight fluctuations in intensity with a bit sweeter core on the downward turn. The one thing I must comment on – the room aroma of this cigar – simply amazing. I wouldn’t go as far as saying it was like an air freshener but my wife even said ‘ohh, it smells like vanilla out here’ when she walked into the garage. Bonus points.
Alright – I didn’t think it could happen but I am still on the fence when it comes to Graycliff cigars. My very first, disgusting – my second, amazing – my third, big fat let down. If the entire cigar had performed as well at the beginning as it did at the end I think I would have put this into a ‘solid and linear – good smoke’ category but with the mildew car wreck on my taste buds I just could never get past it. Yes, it did round out nicely at the end but for $15.00 for a robusto? Get out of here. I am sure there are those who feel these cigars are fantastic and greatly enjoy them, maybe the flavor profile this cigar provides is right up there alley but personally I think it will be quite some time or accompanied by multiple recommendations before I cross back into Graycliff territory.
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