Cigar Review: Paul Garmirian Gourmet Series
Keeping with the visting a new cigar shop from time to time theme, today’s cigar comes from a new shop in my rotation. I’ve heard numerous people on twitter talk about these cigars so decided to pick ip the Paul Garmirian Gourmet Series 15th Anniversary.
According to the P.G. website, today’s smoke is produced in collaboration with the finest cigar makers in the Dominican Republic, the 15th Anniversary PG Belicoso Extra debued as the most sensational PG blend since the original release of the PG Gourmet Series in 1990. The original 15,000 Belicoso Extra cigars were made available to 50 of the top PG Authorized Dealers in the United States in October 2005. The response to the 15th Anniversary Belicoso Extra was so great that the 15th Anniversary blend is now available in a new PG line composed of 10 sizes.
An intriguing, full bodied, rich and smooth cigar, filler tobaccos used in the 15th Anniversary line are grown in the original farms used to make the first PG’s in 1990. The Colorado/Nicaraguan wrapper is dark and oily and enhances the flavors of the cigar to make the tobaccos (which have been aged for 5 years) smooth and delicious.
For the relatively new smoker, it represents a kaleidoscopic range of tastes. For the seasoned smoker it is reminiscent of old style Cuban Puros from the mid 1950’s.
Cigar: Paul Garmirian Gourmet Series 15th Anniversary
Size: 7 x 48 (Churchill)
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Appearance and Construction (18/20): The cigar features a gorgeous looking reddish brown Colorado wrapper. Despite having significant veins they somehow seem to work on the retro looking cigar. Looking at it it reminds me of a cigar my grandfather user to smoke. The simple band adds to the old world look of the cigar and that makes it appealing to the eye. There is some slight tooth to this stick and the slightly visible oils have me hopeful this will be an enjoyable smoke. If there is one drawback it is the cap, which is a tad sloppy.
Flavor & Notes (27/30): Prior to lighting the cigar I got lost inhaling the notes from the foot which were a wonderfully rich molasses with a slight spice. The prelight draw reminded me of an Opus with incredible notes of raisin and molasses which were simply breath taking. Unfortunately the similarities end here. The first third of the cigar has notes of earth and hay. The second third reminds earthy, but there are some nut notes as well. The final third reminds mostly earth and hay with a slight spice on the finish.
Burn/Ash/Draw (24/25): The cigar burned like a dream. There was no jaggedness, no uneven burn. It was in turn a perfect burn. The ash was a medium gray ash that had no flake at all. It held strong, and I only lost it by choice. The cigar had some resistance to it, but nothing worthy of a complaint.
Overall (22/25): Having never smoked one of these cigars in the past, the prelight ritual had me oping it would compare to an Opus X. The cigar turned out to be very comparable to a Davidoff cigar. While the cigar is deserving o the rating I am giving it, I am not sure how I feel about the cigar. It doesn’t exactly fit the profile of smokes I normally like, but I will probably smoke them again because I totally appreciate the craftsmanship.