Dual Review: Graycliff Chateau Gran Cru

Graycliff Chateau Gran Cru

Origin : BahamasGraycliff
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.25 x 50
Wrapper : Costa Rica
Binder : Ecuador
Filler : Costa Rica/Nicaragua/Honduras
Hand-Made
Price : $14-16 each
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Below is the third dual review in our series of 6.

Jason: Graycliff is a cigar company that produces ultra-premium cigars out of Nassau, Bahamas. I am not a frequent smoker of Graycliff cigars by any means, due to their price. I have had the red label and blue label previously, but it has been a couple of years, so I wasn't sure what to expect in smoking this Chateau Gran Cru.

Joe K: After an Irish Lamb Stew that my wife and I made when visiting my parents, I decided to break out a Graycliff Chateau Gran Cru PG that I received from Three Cigar Dogs Company. To this point my only experience with Graycliff was with their Double Espresso, which I had enjoyed at the time. Outside of that, I had not read or heard much about them either. Some brief research into the brand showed that the Graycliff runs a resort, restaurant, cigar company combination out of Nassau in the Bahamas. As my first attempt with this smoke did not prove positive and general reviews seemed to contradict this, I set out to give it another chance to determine if the issues were across both cigars or just isolated to the first.

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Graycliff 1666

Graycliff 1666

Origin : BahamasGraycliff
Format : Churchill
Size : 7 x 48
Wrapper : Jaltapec Maduro
Binder : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler : Mix of Brazilian, Columbian, Mexican and Peruvian Tobacco
Hand-Made
Price : $100-140 for a bundle of 20
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Background Info

Enrico Garzazoli, owner of Graycliff Cigars, brought aboard Avelino Lara to complement his five-star restaurant (1st in the Caribbean) and second largest wine collection. Avelino Lara is better known as the former personal cigar roller to Fidel Castro and the man responsible for the creation of the Cuban Cohiba brand.

This cigar was named in honor of the first building located where the restaurant and wine collection are located today. It is estimated that this first building was one of the first structures developed for the city of Nassau.

Mission Debrief

I found this cigar by simple accident and chance, rummaging through my secondary humidor containing a large cache of various cigars purchased from a family member. Buried somewhere near the bottom is where I came upon the Graycliff 1666. Not having had the opportunity to smoke any of these cigars in the past, I felt this would be a nice candidate for immediate interrogation.

Appearance-wise for this cigar, I found a couple of small chips in the veiny, maduro wrapper. Nothing else of fault. I felt that the copper and blue hued band, while nothing elaborate or elegant, completed the overall look of the cigar. No overly packed or soft spots were detected in the length of the cigar as well.

Moving away from my punch and using my favorite Xikar cutter and a butane lighter, I gave the cigar a couple of firm draws and took in the flavors presented to me. This is one of those Maduros that looks worse than it is, as it’s a bit milder than you would think. The persistent flavors I found were a dark coffee/espresso and a touch of spice and earthiness. Nothing overpowering here but pleasant to the palette. I did find in the last third of the cigar that I felt it was burning a bit hot, as the flavors pushed towards a harsher, side.

Expect a nice, even burn overall. I did have to relight the cigar a couple of times throughout the two hours and change smoke time. In the last third of the cigar, the wrapper was starting to unravel a bit from the cigar. I think this is because of the status of my secondary humidor and not necessarily from the cigar. The finish for this cigar was slightly longer, most likely because of the maduro wrapper but it is nothing out of the ordinary.

Recommendations

This is a enjoyable, medium bodied maduro. It has a nice complement of flavors, won’t bog you down in terms of strength and the price point is agreeable to most. While it didn’t have the “wow factor” like the La Traviata, the Graycliff 1666 is certainly one I’ll be looking for in the future.

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