One of J.C. Newman’s new introductions at the 2012 IPCPR was the Brick House in a Maduro format. The new Brick House Maduro is only currently available in one size, the Mighty Mighty a 6 1/4 x 60. You can read the full press release for it here. Along with the new Brick House Mighty Mighty Maduro, there were a few new announcements at the Cigar Family (J.C. Newman/Fuente) booth at the 2012 IPCPR including the brand new Perla del Mar by J.C. Newman (read about it here) and the announcement of the new Toast Across America 10th edition (read about it here). The Cigar Family booth itself at the 2012 IPCPR was really festive booth that was a real eye catcher. I got to meet with Carlos Fuente Sr. and check out all of the new stuff myself first hand. Check out the photos below:
Size: 6 1/4 x 60
Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca Maduro
Strength: Medium – Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The Brick House Mighty Mighty Maduro has the classic Brick House band with a second band on it in the same theme which states maduro. The wrapper is nearly jet black in color, but slightly mottled, with moderate veins. The sample smoked for review is a bit spongy, but has no notable flaws.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Brick House Mighty Mighty Maduro has notes of sweet rich chocolate, coffee, and hay. The foot has a scent which is a mix of sweet hay, wood, cocoa, and a bit of spice that makes the nose tingle slightly. To prepare for smoking the Brick House Mighty Mighty Maduro, I use a straight cut. The cold draw has flavors of dried fruit, cocoa, spice, and hay.
Smoking Characteristics: The Brick House Mighty Mighty Maduro opens up with a very sweet, rich, milk chocolate flavor along with notes of dried apricot, and hay. There is a light spice which also lingers on the palate. The draw starts off just slightly tight, but opens up well after a few draws. Each puff provides a full body of very rich, cool, creamy, smooth, sweet smoke. The ash is very firm, easily holding past the inch point. In fact, when I tried to ash the cigar at about 2 inches it took a bit of effort to make it drop off. The burn is nearly razor sharp, and the strength sits in the medium range, with a bit of a tingle on the retrohale.
Into the second third of the Brick House Mighty Mighty Maduro, the rich sweet cocoa flavors builds a bit more, becoming very intense and delicious. The notes of dried apricot, remain, but the hay fades out and the spice becomes extremely light. Now a new note of coffee joins the flavor profile, and compliments the cocoa flavors well. The smoke is still very full, thick, rich, smooth, and creamy. The draw, burn, and ash all remain excellent during this third, without any attention being required.
During the final third of the Brick House Mighty Mighty Maduro, the coffee flavor picks up a bit and the cocoa becomes a very rich sweet, creamy milk chocolate. The dried fruit fades out of the profile, and the slight spice is almost unnoticeable at this point, only lingering on the palate lightly. The smoke is still very full, thick, cool, and creamy. The strength also picks up a bit during this third moving to the medium to full range, but still a bit closer to medium.
Conclusion: I love the Brick House Mighty Mighty Maduro. I think it is an absolute home run for J.C. Newman, and I really hope they will introduce the maduro version to all of the other sizes. I think this in a toro or short torpedo could become my new reasonably priced go to maduro. The flavors are wonderful. The construction was great and the price is very reasonable. Make it a point to find a Brick House Bash Event near you soon to pick up a box!