About 10 days back or so I reviewed the G.A.R. Lux which was a bundle cigar from George A Rico. When I received that cigar I also received today’s smoke from the local rep while I was at Barrister Cigars in New Jersey. As I said in my last G.A.R. review I am a huge fan of his white lable cigar. This cigar is supposed to be a more medium price level entry from G.A.R. as the pricing of the white label is a bit high. This cigar review is a pre-release cigar.
Cigar: G.A.R. Vanguard
Size: 6.25 x 48 (Corona)
Appearance and Construction (19/20): At quick glance this stick could pass for a cuban in terms of looks. Some veins adorn the wrapper with a little bit of tooth. The cigar features a triple cap, and is flat. The roll of the cigar is seamless, and the cigar itself is very well packed. The cigar geatures a nice black and silver label complete with the G.A.R. crest/logo on the back side. This is one good looking smoke.
Flavor & Notes (25/30): The prelight notes on the foot are virtually identical to the white label G.A.R. with some strong mocha. As we work into the first third of the cigar the notes are a very enjoyable mocha and wood notes. As we begin the second third of the smoke the mocha remains and there is an occaisonal sweet spice that joins in from time to time. The final third of the smoke becomes a little bit bitter, as it burns a little hot. The cigar actually became hot to the touch. The notes were of leather with some traces of mocha left.
Burn/Ash/Draw (24/25): The burn of this cigar was wavy at times, but it never got out of hand. What really got me was the tight white ash the cigar produced and how well it held on. The cigar has an exquiste draw.
Overall (21/25): This stick reminded me a lot of the GAR White Label smoke in terms of flavors and it is supposed to be more of a value smoke. Once these cigars hit the shelves of my local tobacconists I will give them another try if they have the proper price point. This is a nice cigar that should be in the $5.00 price range. Of course if this cigar carries a higher price level it would prevent me from stocking up on that. That is the primary reason I stay away from the white level smoke as in NYC they are in the $9.00 to $10.o0 range.