Graycliff Original – Cigar Review

Graycliff Original - Red Label - Band

With Hurricane Irene battering the Bahamas what better cigar to review then a Graycliff. According to the website, “The red label is the original Graycliff Cigar created by Master Torcedore Avelino Lara. This blend offers a medium strength full-bodied cigar, with a spicy finish. This is a true cigar for everyone from novice to aficionado. Blended from Nicaraguan, Honduran, Brazilian, Ecuadorian and Sumatra Wrapper) tobacco, these cigars are available in thirteen different sizes.

Cigar: Graycliff Original (Red Label)
Size: 7 x 48 (Presidente/Shaggy Foot)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Indonesia
Filler: Nicaragua, Honduras, Brazil
Strength: Medium
Cigars Smoked For Review: 5+

Graycliff Original - Red Label

Graycliff Original - Red Label

Appearance and Construction: The Graycliff Original to me always looks dry, no matter what the settings are in my humidor. The shaggy foot Presidente won’t win any beauty contests. The wrapper has some pretty ugly veins and lots of bumbs and valleys from the tobacco beneath the wrapper. The shaggy foot gives the impression of an exploding cigar and in the hand the Graycliff is as light as they come. The label is red is gold highlights.

Graycliff Original - Red Label - Foot

Graycliff Original - Red Label - Foot

Flavor & Notes: The cold draw tastes the way fresh-cut grass smells. While earthy it is more identifiable as grass in the early morning. The foot of the cigar offers an abundance of wood, especially freshly cut pine. While common, both these notes are as definable as they come.  Once the cigar is lit a subtle spice with some earthy components. As you work past the foot into the first third the cigar develops a nice complexity. There is earth, pine and cedar. As the second third is breached the coffee notes really begin to take hold. As we approached the last third some sweetness tries to emerge but is overpowered by the spice and earthy components with some coffee before giving way to a long spice filled finish.

Graycliff Original - Red Label - 1st Third

Graycliff Original - Red Label - 1st Third

Smoking Characteristics: Fast. The one word to describe the burn of a Grayfcliff cigar. If you are looking for a slow smoking cigar this isn’t it. The cigar has a dark ash that holds on well, with a nice burn. The aroma is impeccable  as well but the memory is that the cigar burns too fast.

Graycliff Original - Red Label - 2nd Third

Graycliff Original - Red Label - 2nd Third

Conclusion: Over the years it seems as if the cigar has changed. If you look online at some old reviews and cigar sites they list the wrapper as Indonesian. Now though, Graycliff states the wrapper is from Ecuador. Regardless, this is no longer the Graycliff that was among the best 5 years ago. For $20.00 a stick one would expect more.

Graycliff Original - Red Label - Last Third

Graycliff Original - Red Label - Last Third

Rating: 86
Price: $20.00 @ Bonitia Smoke Shop




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  • http://tinytimblog.blogspot.com/ Tim Rollins

    I had a red label robusto just a couple weeks ago that had been sitting for a long time in the humidor. It was much better than I expected. I suspect it still had the old wrapper. It tasted like a very rich, creamy almond with nice pepper. In short, it was an almond bomb!

  • http://www.tikibaronline.com dmjones1009

    I’ve found that all Graycliffs, with the exception of the Double Espresso, tend to be loosely filled and thus “light in the hand.” I can’t remember the exact ones I’ve smoked, but I’ve had several and found them all enjoyable, without coming close to being worth the asking price. The only exception to that, again, is the Double Espresso, which I found rich and flavorful and, since it can be had for about $15, a decent value.

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