Written by Puff Staff

Monday, 21 March 2011

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graypic1 It's Monday, and what better way to start off the week than with a pair of cigar reviews? Today's reviews will focus on the mild and smooth Graycliff G2 Pirate and the medium to full-bodied EP Carrillo Core Line Encantos.

Graycliff G2 Pirate

The Graycliff name has been associated with class and quality for a while now. The Graycliff resort in the Bahamas is not most affordable vacation you will find, and neither are many of the brand's revered cigars. To accommodate those wishing to enjoy its cigars without breaking the bank, Graycliff created its G2 line. Will the G2's lower price translate into lower quality? There's only one way to find out.........

Graycliff's G2 Pirate is a Torpedo that measures 6 x 52. Some of the other offerings in the G2 line include the 5 x 50 PG, 6 x 50 PGX, and 7 x 48 Presidente. The Pirate's interior is made up of a blend of tobaccos from Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and the Philippines. The binder is Costa Rican, and the exterior consists of an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. The G2 is produced in Nassau, and its production was formerly overseen by Avelino Lara, the creator of Cohiba, until he passed. Unlike many other Graycliff smokes, the G2 is milder and falls into the medium-bodied category.

The Connecticut wrapper of the G2 Pirate is slightly oily and has a nice creamy color. The cigar has a bit of a rustic look with several small veins running throughout its body. The yellow, black, and gold band near the head looks good against the creamy wrapper. It displays the G2 moniker over some attractive graphics, but the band is not as fancy or intricate as the ones found on higher priced Graycliff cigars. To the touch, the G2 Pirate is quite spongy and has a lot of give. Construction seems to be decent, but not that of a truly premium cigar. Before lighting, there is a sweet aroma and cold taste.

Once lit, the cigar is a solid performer. The draw is a bit loose, as expected. The dark gray ash is solid and not flaky in the least. The burn seems as if it wants to become uneven halfway through, but it corrects itself. The G2 Pirate also stays lit on its own until the very end without the help of a lighter.


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