Origin : Honduras
Format : Churchill
Size : 7.25 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Price : ~$115 for a box of 25
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Brickhouse cigars were released at the 2009 IPCPR show in New Orleans. This line of cigar was originally introduced by the J.C. Newman Company in 1937. It has recently received a rating of 91 by Cigar Aficionado. It is a Nicaraguan puro featuring a Havana Subido wrapper grown in Esteli. It comes in four vitolas, with the Churchill being featured today.
The Havana Subido wrapper has a mahogany-red color with some visible veins. The wrapper just oozes oil which makes it very silky and smooth to the touch. Only one cap is observed.
The Brickhouse is well-constructed. It does not have any soft spots, and it is very firm. The only drawback was a very tight draw on pre-light. The band can easily be removed as it does not stick to the cigar.
The wrapper has a floral smell with hints of hay while the foot has a sweet smell which resembles either molasses or honey. The pre-light draw has a spice to it with a note of nutmeg.
The first half of the cigar has a nutty and cedar taste with a slightly peppery retrohale. The second half is nuttier yet sweet. Towards the end of the smoke, the sweet notes disappeared while the nutty notes were dominant.
At less than $5.00/cigar, this is a good smoke. This medium strength cigar features good construction and a decent flavor profile.
Overall Rating :
This is a pretty good cigar, although I am not sure about the 91 rating from Cigar Aficionado. The main issue I have is that it seemed that the flavors encountered were pretty steady with not much change during the smoke. It was definitely a good cigar, but it was not very complex. It was, however, one of the best looking cigars I have seen; what a beautiful sheen! It is a good cigar to try and enjoy.