October 14, 2012
Graycliff Espresso PG (5.2 x 50)
Video review HERE.
(from Cigars International website)
A tiny team of one dozen master rollers quietly craft cigars in Nassau, Bahamas under the supervision of Avelino Lara, creator of the original Cuban Cohiba. Using some of the world’s finest tobaccos, these rollers produce Graycliff, a luxury handmade brand that essentially defines what a boutique cigar is all about. Among the Graycliff blends produced here is the Espresso series. This blend has been described as "nearly hallucinogenic" by Robb Report magazine.
Cloaked in a super-dark Costa Rican wrapper, a bold combination of Cuban-seed Corojo, Ecuadorian ligero, and Nicaraguan tobaccos is aged 6 years, making the Espresso the fullest of the Graycliffs.
(from the Graycliff site)
This full-bodied cigar available in Graycliff’s exclusive crocodile-skin box (also available in regular cedar boxes) is best enjoyed by the true connoisseur, and it is not for the faint at heart. It is a potent, rich full-bodied cigar, made from tobacco from Graycliff’s organic farm in Central America. Although this cigar is made from tobacco that has been triple fermented and cured for twelve months, it is extremely smooth for being such a strong cigar. This cigar is available in seven sizes.
Big Bamboo (Pyramid) Gauge: 50 Length: 14"
Big Bamboo (Straight) Gauge: 50 Length: 14"
PG * Gauge: 50 Length: 5¼"
Piccolo Gauge: 46 Length: 4½”
Pirate * Gauge: 52 Length: 6"
Presidente * Gauge: 48 Length: 7"
Salomone Gauge: 58 Length: 7⅛"
* Also available in Crocodile leather box
After cutting the cap the test draw was effortless. The cigar is triple capped and quite dense.
The initial flavors after light up were heavy coffee notes, cedar, and sweetness. There are a ton of coffee, earth and earth notes in this cigar. The pepper is a 7 on my scale.
About 1/2 inch in the cigar has settled down about as much as it's going to. The coffee notes are now definitely espresso. The cedar has some richness now. The finish is a cream with some lingering pepper. Oh, the pepper is black pepper. I describe the cigar as full bodied in the video but in hindsight you might very well call it medium to full bodied.
About 2 inches in there is now a toasted cream to go along with the rich cedar notes. You could say you have cream in your coffee! The pepper remains the same as well as the finish of cream and lingering pepper.
The cigar did not really make more changes through the end. The cigar is still fairly full bodied. It finished up pretty balanced. By that I mean the cedar and cream were on par with the espresso notes in intensity. I really like this as an after dinner cigar. Anyone who likes heavy coffee cigars with some richness from cedar will love this cigar. Graycliff makes some very good cigars but you have to pay the price. I very much enjoyed this cigar and feel fortunate to have a full box in my humidor!