Cigar of the Week

Cigar of the Week: Graycliff Professionale Pirate

(Note: This review originally appeared on CigarJack.)

Brand: Graycliff
Line: Professionale
Vitola: Pirate (Torpedo) 6 x 52
Origin: Bahamas
Wrapper: Indonesian (Java)
Binder: Indonesian
Filler: Brazilian, Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos
Body: Medium-to-full
Strength: Medium-to-full
Box Price: $374.99 (Box of 25)

The nice folks over at Graycliff sent me a couple of cigars for a piece I’m currently working on, but I figured I’d share my reviews with you first!

Graycliff Professionale 1

Graycliff, a resort in Nassau, started making cigars to compliment its luxury brand. They enlisted the help of Avelino Lara, creator of the original Cuban Cohiba, and he, in turn, has turned Graycliff into one of the cigar biz’s premium brands.

I’m not lying when I say this: The Graycliff Professionale is unlike any cigar I’ve ever smoked. It’s solidly constructed, burns evenly and has a good draw.

Graycliff Professionale 2

It’s also pretty damn tasty. The first half of the Professionale was sweet and creamy; almost mocha-flavored. The second half added a touch of spice, making it taste — to me, anyway — like a friggin’ mocha latte. (Call me crazy, I know. But it was pretty damn good.) The end was even spicier, but it didn’t hit me in the head.

When I was finished, I thought, “So this is what a $20 cigar tastes like.” And it tastes goooood.

Similar cigars: I’ll have to agree wtih Mike Salisbury, who thinks it tastes like his Perdomo Reserve Cuban Cafe Series, so I’ll go with that…for now)