Griffin’s No. 500

Griffin's No. 500

Griffin'sOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Corona
Size : 5 x 42
Wrapper : USA / Connecticut Shade
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$5-7 each

I decided to review another Griffin’s. A long time ago, I had a look at the Griffin’s Maduro Toro and if I were to sum up that review, I’d say something like “good for beginners, predictable maduro”. Today, we’ll be examining the Griffin’s No. 500 and I can already tell you that the conclusion will be fairly similar, we’ll just replace “maduro” by “connecticut”.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★☆
The Connecticut shade wrapper looks very good, it has no bold veins. The cigar is a bit lighter than I was expecting and in my case the wrapper was a little dry. The pre-draw is mostly woody.

Construction : Rating: ★★★★½
The No. 500 has a reliable construction. I am always amazed at the cleanness of the draw. The burn line might need a few corrections, but it’s only occasional.

Flavor : Rating: ★★★★☆
A few seconds with my torch lighter and the cigar starts burning regularly. The aroma at the foot is quite good, it brings toasty nutty flavors. The main flavor is woody but unlike some boring cigars where there are no other flavors at all, this Griffin’s has some nice sweet spice to it. On the other hand, I definitely can’t call it complex whatsoever. I noticed that when they are fresh out of the box there might be a bitterness around halfway in – it is usually cured by a few months in the humidor.

Value : Rating: ★★★★☆
These retail for ~$5-6 per stick, but can also be found at as low as $4 if bought by box.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★★☆
I see it as a solid box purchase in two cases: either you enjoy mild connecticuts with your morning coffee on a daily basis or you often have non-regular cigar smokers coming over for dinner/drink. In this latter case the Griffin’s No. 500 appears to me like a very good cigar to offer to your guests.