Graycliff Double Espresso Cigar Review

April 21, 2010 · Posted in Cigar Review · 4 Comments 

This cigar hales from the known cigar Mecca of the Bahamas – created by a guy who owns a five star restaurant and so on. Basically, the whole Graycliff line of cigars came about because this gustatory maestro didn’t think any other cigar in the world could stand up to his blue plate specials. My first encounter with these cigars came with the Graycliff 1666 Pirate. My opinion of that cigar can be stated thusly: It’s a lot less Black Beard than it is Somalia youth with an AK.

But I held out hope for this cigar nonetheless. I was told that it was quite good and that it warranted a smoke or two. Well, after a few more smokes I can safely say that it is nothing extraordinary. While it is better than the other Graycliffs that I have smoked I cannot say that it’s worth the exorbitant amount of money that it costs.

Anywho, let’s give it another shot. Maybe months in the humidor will have imbibed it with some extra flavor that I haven’t tasted before.

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves here I should mention that this cigar doesn’t look special. It is very veiny but it is oily. Other than that, it does look like a fine cigar. The pre-light draw is open.

Cigar Stats
Length: 4.5″
Ring Gauge: 54
Wrapper: Costa Rica
Binder: Costa Rica
Filler: Cuban Seed Corojo & Ecuadorian Ligero
Price: $18.00/cigar

Expectant Flame!

The initial round of flavors centers on chocolate and coffee, which seems, to me at least, to be fairly run of the mill. What makes this cigar more run of the mill, like all the other Double Espressos that I have tried, is that the flavors are watered down. Think hot chocolate laced with a healthy helping of river water.

Another thing about this cigar is that it is billed as being full bodied. It’s not. I have to seriously wonder whether or not the retailers I’ve seen call it “full bodied” to trick people into buying this cigar. It’s a medium bodied cigar. Maybe a little stronger than that but not much more.

On the bright side the draw is very good. Resuming the parade of ill feelings now. The burn needs the occasional touch up. And the flavors only get further watered down.

Honestly, this is a ho-hum cigar.

86 points

For another opinion check out the Stogie Guys’ Review.

PS: For those of you who think I am being overly harsh on this cigar I have my reasons. It just wasn’t that good of a cigar. The flavors were lacking and for the price that they are charging for these things I expected something a lot better than what I got. That’s all.

Don Tomas Sun Grown Rothschild – Cigar Review

December 19, 2008 · Posted in Cigar Review · 4 Comments 

This is a cigar I smoked Tuesday after I turned in my final report for an entrepreneurship class I took this semester. That means I smoked it in my car and without any drinks.

It is a good looking cigar, very short and stubby. Dark as well. Looks like it should be a fairly decent cigar.

Cigar Stats
Length: 4 1/2″
Ring Gauge: 50
Wrapper: Honduras
Binder: Hon.
Filler: Hon.
Price: $6.00

Final Light!

This is a very powerful cigar from the very first puff. Actually, it looks menacing just when you look at it. Very full bodied. It’s almost unwieldy though.

Tons of spice with this cigar, extremely peppery. There is also this dry meaty taste with this one. Mostly an even burn although there were some times when I thought it was going to get out of hand.

Unfortunately, this is not a very complex cigar. If you want a bull in the China closet type of cigar then this is the one for you. But if you are looking for something more refined then you should go elsewhere.

86 points

Oliveros XL For Men XL/55 Maduro – Cigar Review

November 8, 2008 · Posted in Cigar Review · 1 Comment 

Cigar Stats
Length: 6′
Ring Gauge: 55
Wrapper: Brazil, Dominican Republic
Binder: Indonesia, USA/Connecticut
Filler: DR, Honduras, Nicaragua
Approx. Price: $6.00

This is a very nice looking cigar. Medium darkness to it, less dark than most maduros in fact. To tell you the truth, I’ve always thought these cigars were just gimmicks due to their name. Well, soon we will find out. Looks good though.

X-tra Flame!

Very, very strong spice right out of the gates. There are also some oak flavors and there is a little bit of earthiness about it as well. The flavors are good and it is a complex cigar at the beginning but the draw is very tight, cutting down on the flavors.

After a half inch the spice has almost completely disappeared. It’s still there but it is definitely now in a supporting role. The lead flavor right now is hickory, which I am liking. Complex cigar, interesting. It is medium-full bodied.

About a third of the way down the cigar it starts to lose its luster. The flavors of the cigar have become muted and the richness of the cigar fades away. This is probably a result of the tight draw. If it weren’t for the draw it would be a great cigar.

When I first lit this cigar I was thinking 90+ points, easy. Tons of flavor, complexity and enough kick to it to make it an interesting cigar. Unfortunately, there was a problem with the rolling of this cigar and the draw was never good. This is frustrating because I was enjoying this cigar a lot.

86 points

Graycliff 1666 Presidente – Cigar Review

October 17, 2008 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

Very dark cigar; it is long and on the thinner side. When I first started smoking Graycliffs I had very high expectations. Unfortunately, they never seemed able to live up to the hype. So I’m not expecting that much from this cigar – just a well balanced smoke that is enjoyable.

This cigar smells awesome before I lit it. The color is odd though; it looks spotty. There are dark patches all over the cigar. I doubt that this will adversely affect the flavors of the cigar but thought you should know. Besides the discoloration of the wrapper there is a little triangle of tobacco leaf missing. Points off for that stuff.

Ze Light!

Alright, it is a very good cigar. The flavors are not blowing my mind at all but what is there is perfectly balanced. There is a harmoniousness to this cigar.

The predominant flavor for this cigar is sweetness. Not sickeningly sweet but it’s there. The draw is good and so is the burn. It’s an interesting cigar and I hope it stays that way.

About halfway down, it went out. It really is a shame because I was really enjoying this cigar. After I finally got it re-lit it burned hot for a while (which is to be expected) but quickly got back to the way it was.

Even though I personally enjoy full-bodied, spicy cigars the most I really was enjoying this medium-bodied, sweet cigar. I was going to give it an 89 or even a 90 but then it went out. And it’s not like I even left it untended. It just went out. Still, I can’t knock the score down too far because the flavors were good.

86 points