Cigar Review: Griffins XXIII 2007
On Wednesday’s Davidoff on Madison in NYC has an event from 4pm to 7pm called Spiff Wednesday and I picked up today’s review at one of those events. If you purchase $25.00 or more you are entitled to a free manicure and a shoe shine. I was a bit hesitant to get a manicure because to me it doesn’t seem to manly but I relented and decided to go for it. It made me realize that it is important to treat yourself well, and only then can you enjoy the good life. To find out about events at Davidoff be sure to check out General Manager Michael Herklot’s website.
The Griffin’s was created in 1984 by Swiss nightclub impresario Bernard H. Grobet, who owned and operated the Griffin’s Club. Word spread throughout Switzerland about the quality of his house cigar and it was introduced in the U.S. in 1989. The filler includes three different Cibao Valley tobaccos combined with a Dominican binder and Connecticut-seed wrapper to give it a mildly spicy, flavorful taste.
Cigar: The Griffin’s XXIII 2007
Size: 5.38 x 52 (Tubo)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian sun-grown Connecticut
Binder: Dominican Olor
Filler: Dominican Piloto Cubano, San Vicente Ligero & Seco
Appearance and Construction (18/20): The Griffin’s XXIII comes in a a tube and the cigar inside features a gorgeous looking golden brown Connecticut seed wrapper grown in Ecuador. Upon close inspection there are a few thin veins that are scatted about and the cap is slightly sloppy. The cigar has a great weight to it and there are no soft spots. A dual band system is used with the top one denoting The Griffins and the one beneath states special edition XXIII.
Flavor & Notes (27/30): Prior to sparking this cigar up the foot reveals some wood notes intertwined with some hay. The prelight draw is very typical of a cigar blended by Henke Kelnar. Once lit the cigar continues with that Kelnar profile. There are some notes of wood, and earth that are joined by some spice as well making this an intriguing cigar for those used to the mild nature of a Griffin. As we breach the 2nd third of the cigar the wood and earth are joined by some coffee. The final third of the cigar has notes of earth, coffee with wood on the enjoyable finish.
Burn/Ash/Draw (23/25): The cigars light colored gray ash held on well despite the uneven burn. I sadly had to touch up the cigar during the first half. The draw appeared to be a little loose before lighting, but once lit the burn was ideal.
Overall (23/25): When I first started smoking, Griffin was one of my favorites. Since then I have grown out of mild cigars so I was happy when this cigar turned out to be a medium bodied cigar. This cigar was incredibly smooth and is the perfect smoke to pair with a cup of coffee.