Graycliff B-Cuz Triple Robusto – Cigar Review
B-Cuz, by Graycliff was one of the releases showcased at the 2012 IPCPR in Orlando. Graycliff cigar company also announced they were releasing Graycliff Silver, a limited edition cigar which comes with a certificate of authenticity, will be released in September, 2012.
After some years struggling with different distribution agreements, most recently through Torano, Graycliff has taken distribution back in-house and made a point of this during our visit to the booth. The Graycliff booth was the same as years past, with a nice white festive theme that featured a very open space format. It was quite an appealing booth, check out the photos below:
Graycliff cigars have traditionally been sold at an ultra-premium price point and B-Cuz is designed to be a more affordable offering. The torpedo will retail at $7.95 and the triple robusto at $7.50. It will come packaged in bright neon 21-count boxes. I am reviewing the triple robusto (more like a traditional toro) today.
Size: 6 x 54
Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The wrapper of the B-Cuz Triple Robusto is a medium brown, with moderate veins and an attractive glossy finish. It is evenly packed and features a nice tight cap. The band has a sort of retro or cartoon animated look to it, with exaggerated bright yellow and blue colors and simply says B-Cuz by Graycliff.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the B-Cuz Triple Robusto has a very clean scent with notes of grass and wood. The foot has a scent made up of rich earth, hay, and a very light sweetness. I use a very slight straight cut to prepare smoking the B-Cuz Triple Robusto, and the cold draw was quite easy, nearly loose. The flavor on the cold draw was made up of clean, rich natural tobacco, grass, earth, and a nice sweetness
Smoking Characteristics: The B-Cuz Triple Robusto produces just a massive amount of smoke right off the first draw. A rich aroma fills the air around me and the smoke continues to billow between draws for easy forty seconds or more. The smoke itself is cool and smooth, with a distinct, dry finish. In the first third there are notes of natural tobacco, hay, wood, and a light baker spice which linger on the palate between draws. The strength is in the medium range with a very clean retrohale.
Into the second third of the B-Cuz Triple Robusto, the sweetness of the blend builds but the flavors remain consistent. All the notes of hay, wood, natural tobacco, and baker spices still blend together in a satisfying way. The smoke production continues to be simply over the top. I’m in quite a large room and each exhale seems to fill most of the area around me for a while. The ash is fantastic, easily holding past the inch point quite firmly, yet seems to shatter when ashed. The burn did require one correction during this third.
During the final third of the B-Cuz Triple Robusto, it seems to revert back to the first third with the sweetness starting to fade out a bit. At this point, the wood and hay really take over the flavor profile with the natural tobacco and baker spices become undertones. The strength remains in the medium range, allowing for a bit of a mellow buzz to set in. The smoke production is still just amazing, providing an extremely full body of cool, rich, smooth, dry smoke.
Conclusion: The B-Cuz Triple Robusto is a great smoke at its price point, it has an amazing smoke production with a great mellow buzz. The flavors are well blended, but a bit less pronounced than I anticipated after the first third. The aroma is wonderful and pleasantly filled the area around me. The strength is a nice medium which would satisfy many smokers. I would certainly be willing to pick up a couple of these sticks from time to time and is a nice addition to the Graycliff line that may attract new smokers at this more affordable price point.