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Spotlight Brand: Graycliff Espresso Series

A shot of cigar exhilaration.

Aficionados are quite familiar with the Graycliff brand. Created by Enrico Garzaroli, founder of the Graycliff hotel and restaurant in Nassau, Bahamas, it is the world's only 5-star brand. To create his coveted cigar line, Enrico teamed up with legendary cigar maker Avelino Lara, Cuba's most accomplished roller who rolled all of Castro's personal cigars. He is also credited as the founder of the Cuban Cohiba brand. With Enrico's palate for fine food and wine and Avelino's extensive experience, the two created Graycliff cigars, which are now among the finest and most expensive cigars on the market.

The cornerstone of the Espresso Series is the dark Costa Rican Maduro wrapper, bringing a bright, bold character to this blend. Its robust flavor hits your palate fast and furiously, fortified by it's Ligero-heavy recipe of long-fillers. A true connoisseur’s cigar, the Espresso Series is intense from the moment you light it. If you enjoy exciting your palate, this is your cigar!

Q & A: What is a Parejo?

What is a Parejo?

7/16/08 | by LK of Liberty, MO

Parejo is the term used to define a conventional cigar shape. Cigars are rolled in a variety of different shapes and sizes. Some cigars are consistent in diameter from head to foot (most of these have an open foot, showcasing the tobaccos) while others have tapered ends (the head or foot of the cigar come to a point and connect). Other cigars may have a bulge in the center, where the diameter increases and then decreases towards the ends, almost like an egg. These cigars that have unique shapes with inconsistent diameters are referred to as “figurados.” Most cigars are available in four major sizes: corona, robusto, torpedo, and Churchill. Since the torpedo has a tapered head, it is considered to be a figurado. However, parejo refers to any cigar that is consistent in diameter from head to foot. The ends don’t taper and there is no unique form to the cigar – it is simply the same ring gauge (diameter) throughout. Therefore, a corona, robusto, or Churchill sized cigar would normally be considered a parejo. 

by Dave

Review: Man O' War Cigars

Dave Man O War
Torpedo (6.1"x54) Smooth, even draw with a great burn and perfect construction. The wrapper was very oily, offering more in terms of sweetness. Noticeable coffee flavors blended well with an array of spices, for at least 130 minutes of enjoyment.

Double Corona (7.5"x52) Initial flavors were incredibly robust, but mellowed towards the center. Complex, with hints of vanilla masking white pepper undertones. Strong and robust finish. Burned cool.
Corona (6.0"x44) Good 45 minute cigar. Surprisingly easy draw for the size. Many competing peppery notes from start to finish, with little sweetness.

Toro (6.5"x52) Tighter draw then expected but produced a ton of creamy, white smoke. The aftertaste offered spice mixed with oak for a mellow complexity. This size continually increased in strength from the start, allowing for a powerful finish.

Robusto (5.5"x50) Spicy, but far from overwhelming. Burned slightly uneven, producing rich earthy flavors with a spicy sweet finish. Easy draw.
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