Country: Costa Rica
Wrapper origin: Costa Rica
Wrapper type: Costa Rican (Habano?)
Filler: Cuban Seed Corojo & Ecuadorian Ligero
Appearance (0-20): The initial impression is that this one is going to be tasty. The wrapper is rolled very nicely, without any noticeable flaws. The wrapper has quite a bit of tooth on it, and is somewhat bumpy to the touch. The bands around this cigar are beautiful, and very appealing. The first is gold embossed, with a deep black base. The second denotes that it is a double expresso. Very impressive.
Construction (0-20): As I began smoking this down, the first thing that jumps out is the ash. It is almost pure white, and very noticeable. The ash held on almost 2 inches, or half the cigar before I tapped it off. The burn was even, but the draw was somewhat tight. On a quick note, this cigar was really packed full of tobacco. With two quick draws, I did get a nice amount of smoke; I would have enjoyed it more if the draw wasn’t so tight though.
Strength (0-20): This one was spot on for a medium stick. It is marketed as one of their fullest cigars due to the extra long ligero leaves used, but I didn’t really get a strong kick from it. If anything, it might tip the scale into medium-full.
Flavor (0-20): Here is where the money is for this cigar. The flavoring was great from start to finish. The first ½ inch will give you a quick bit of spice, and then it rapidly transitions into full on coffee and chocolate. The flavors are similar throughout, with a ton of chocolate flavor the closer you get to the end. I did get small hints of spice on occasion, but the overpowering taste is clearly quite rich.
Value (0-20): These sticks can range anywhere from $14 to $18. For my personal taste, I think that is a little bit high, yet not unreasonable. It is also a limited release cigar, and roughly only 6 dealers carry them. If you don’t mind infused cigars, I would grab a Drew Estates Java instead of this for half the price. If you are more turned on to a classic boutique cigar, then this is the stick you want.
Additional Notes: Smoked at CI, paired with water.
Overall (0-100): From start to finish, I really enjoyed the flavors. They really boomed out of the smoke, and tasted great. The only real gripe I have is the price, but that is what you get on a premium stick. This is far and away my favorite stick by Graycliff so far, and this is one that they got absolutely right. I would choose this as a definite repeat stick if you can grab it in a sampler pack to subsidize the price a little bit.