Vitola: PGX (Toro) 6 x 50
Origin: CAN’T FIND WHICH FACTORY IT’S MADE IN
Wrapper: Costa Rican
Filler: Peruvian, Columbian, Brazilian and Mexican
Box Price: $219.95 (Box of 20)
Graycliff is an interesting cigar company: The factory, run by Master Torcedore Avelino Lara, is part of the historic Graycliff Hotel in the Bahamas. And, as a result, it’s by far the best-tasting house brand in the biz, and one of my favorite brands overall.
I’ve smoked several Graycliffs in the past, but when I heard about the Graycliff 1666, needless to say, I was excited. The company has five main lines, all super-premiums, along with a budget line. Now it seems Graycliff is starting to expand a bit more.
Graycliffs seem to have some defining characteristics:
1. A soft, almost spongy texture.
2. A toothy wrapper.
3. Extremely flaky, but strong light grey ash.
4. An even burn, along with a amazing draw.
The Graycliff 1666, a dark cigar, has all of these qualities. When you first light it, you’ll notice its Costa Rican wrapper adds a ton of sweetness. About halfway through, the taste shifts to a more complex, spicy, leathery flavor.
Verdict: It’s strong enough to settle any stomach, but somehow it doesn’t seem overpowering. Versatile enough to satisfy many palates. One of my new favorites.
Similar cigars: The Rocky Patel Edge Maduro.
(Note: This review originally appeared on CigarJack.)