Written by Puff Staff

Thursday, 19 June 2014

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For today’s reviews, we’ll be checking out what these two cigars have to offer: the Graycliff John Howard Graysmith and the El Cedro Robusto.

Graycliff John Howard Graysmith

Graycliff Cigar Company released its John Howard Graysmith selection during August of last year, and here’s what they had to say about the stogie, which was named after the pirate who founded the Bahamas-based residence:

“Graycliff Cigar Company acknowledges the past, and staying true to its roots, has created a blend that is fit for a king and harnessed by a pirate. Named after the original proprietor of the Graycliff residence, this cigar is a wonderful marriage of old and new tobacco and truly a celebration of the pirate that founded Graycliff.”

Captain John Howard Graysmith, once a famous pirate of the Caribbean, commanded the notorious schooner Graywolf and plundered treasure ships along the Spanish Main before trading his seafaring days for a pardon from the British and settling down in Nassau, Bahamas to build his beloved home, Graycliff, in 1740.”

Paolo Garzaroli, president of Graycliff Cigar Company, said:

“We delved into our much-treasured stockpile of the original tobacco we had when we started the company to bring to you this special blend.  We always knew that there was going to come a time for us to use these amazing keepsakes and could not find a better-fitting tribute to our pirate founder.”

For this review, I’ll be taking a closer look at the Buccaneer, which is a Torpedo shaped cigar that measures 7 x 60.  It also comes in a straight format named the Cannon, which also measures in at a hefty 7 x 60.  As for why both sizes are so large, Graycliff explained: “The new larger sizes and shapes are fitting to carry the name and remind you of the ‘good old days’ when life was simple and the only tools used to make a fine cigar were the hands of the torcedore behind the craft.”

Regarding its composition, The John Howard Graysmith has a filler of Dominican, Honduran, and Nicaraguan tobaccos, and a binder from Costa Rica.  Capping it off is an Ecuadorian wrapper.

The most noticeable aspect of the John Howard Graysmith is its eye-catching red band that features a pirate’s skull as well as the Graycliff name.  The cigar itself feels heavy in my hands and is very firm to the touch.  The oily wrapper has a chocolate brown color that is enticing. Minimal veins are present and the texture is smooth.  The shaggy foot is worth noting as well, as you don’t see those every day.  There’s a spicy cold taste, while the aroma is of cedar.

After lighting the John Howard Graysmith Buccaneer with relative ease, I experience a bit of a tight draw.  It loosens up quickly though and becomes pleasant.  There’s a nice amount of smoke, and the light gray ash is very sturdy.  The burn only requires a couple of minor touch-ups and no re-lights.  Smoking time is approximately one hour and 45 minutes.

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