Cigar Review - Graycliff Double Espresso
Review by Luc Blanchard, Official MMC Reviewer (@mysticks35mm)
Graycliff - Double Espresso
Size: Robusto 4.5 x 54
Wrapper – Costa Rican
Binder – Costa Rican
Filler – Ecuadorian/Nicaraguan
Bakers spice (all spice)
Our third selection from the My Monthly Cigars November 2022 box is a well constructed cigar. The wrapper, which is modeled and shows some prominent veins, also displays a beautiful brown/red and oily covering. The faintest pre light aroma of cedar and grass is present, while a straight cut leads us to an open draw.
A toast/light and noted right away is this cigars heavy smoke output. Introductory notes of delicate cocoa and the faintest “all spice” are on the pallet. Getting halfway into the 1/3 and the focal point of this cigar is on a very rich finish. Oily, salty and buttery on the mouth, notes of that rich cocoa (molten cake) mixes well with more subtle values of toasted cedar, baker's spices and the mildest of leather.
Reaching past the 2/3 marking the burn is noted as near perfect. Slow burning with light colored ash stacks on wavering and thin ash fringe. Mild plus and consistent in notes, with the addition of some toasted sugar on the finish. Long passed the halfway point and perhaps the espresso label advertisement begins to take shape alongside the consistent notes from above.
Getting into the 3/3 and although consistent, there is a general strength increase to medium and also some much toastier qualities coming through on the finish. The rich cocoa has also given way to the espresso/coffee. The nub sees the same with a peak in strength and a super dark roasted coffee with sugar.
This experience was tremendous and offered a rich and mild beginning, slowly meandering into what is, toasted convergence. Alongside of this a perfect and slow combustion makes this a value for certain.
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