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Review By: Matt
Review By: Matt
Graycliff is a boutique maker based out of the Bahamas started in 1997. This brand quickly became known for its high quality and a smooth, medium body smoking experience. Over recent years they have added more budget friendly cigars (G2) to their brand trying to reach a wider audience. The higher end of Graycliff is the best choice for a rewarding smoke based on the experience of the Cigar Audit team.
Graycliff Heritage Royale – Churchill 7.0 X 50
Graycliff is typically a medium bodied smoke and this one is supposed to be full so I am very interested to try this blend. I have not been as much of a fan of Graycliff over the last few years as I have noticed some dip in quality. This cigar may be a show special as I have not found this blend in this size or with a shaggy foot. (recently attended cigarfest hosted by Cigars International) Looks like a nicely constructed cigar and I’m looking forward to this smoke.
Look and Feel:
This cigar is a Churchill sized cigar with a ½ inch shaggy foot. Medium chocolate brown with a little tooth to the wrapper. Minimal veins and tight seams but the pack is a little softer than I prefer. You get a nice leathery note off of the wrapper and the cold draw gives you woody notes. Draw is slightly more open than moderate but not too open.
At first light you get a nice leather and woody flavors with natural tobacco. The finish is moderate in length and offers sweet spices with mainly clove. The retrohale offers a nice white and black pepper mix. The body is medium at most and is very smooth both on the draw and retrohale. Draw is good, burn is razor sharp and the ash is holding very well. On occasion you get a nice floral and cream note. The floral notes are strong at times on the retrohale. Very good start!
The second third continued a very similar profile with more of a leather flavor on the draw. The sweet spices pulled back on the finish leaving you with leather and tobacco notes. Construction is great and the flavors are well balanced and smooth. I do wish the finish had more to offer. Overall a very smooth and enjoyable smoke at this point but this third is a little less than medium in body.
The woody notes came back a little with the leather and the spices came back on the finish. (yay!) Hints of cream, citrus, and herbal flavors on the draw from time to time. The floral notes are still present but in the background. Earthly notes entered towards the end of this third which was a nice transition. The draw stayed cool all the way to the nub! This third kicked it up again in body which I was happy to see. Very nice ending… Thank you Graycliff, great job on this one!
This cigar offers smooth well balanced flavors throughout. Leather, woody, and floral flavors are the most dominant. The finish is moderate in length and is a mixture of sweet spices with clove as the primary flavor. Black pepper is on the retrohale and finish at times but in the background. The floral notes on the retrohale were awesome helping to provide a fairly complex blend. Overall this is a medium to medium full body throughout and medium strength at most. Construction was great which added to the overall experience. Great job again by the Graycliff team.
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