This weeks guest review comes courtesy of Weak_link from our very own fan forums.
Partnered with: Black Porter Beer
Cigar: Robusto 5×50
Binder: Costa Rican
Filler: Costa Rican, Nicaraguan and Filipino tobaccos
Box Price: $130 (Box of 25) @ Cigars International but you can do a little better on auction sites or just poking around Google.
Prelight draw- easy draw and cut perfectly with my Xikar sisscors
Fired up: 8:15 pm
Cigar is a bit soft and springy but not mushy.
Slightly veiny but feels fairly smooth to the touch.
Easy draw that leaves a faint sweetness on the lips.
Once lit and produces a full mouth of smoke. Starts off mild.
Very smooth, easy to pass through sinuses. Hints of leather and cream, producing a lot of white smoke.
Burn line was a bit wavy but corrected itself by the second-third.
Building up to a medium bodied smoke and still producing a lot of thick white smoke. Ash is a little dark on this example and a bit flakey. No ash-a-thons tonight. Still, it’s keeping about an inch of ash on it and keeping the burn very smooth and cool.
Toward the end of the second third the spice is picking up with the undertones of leather remaining.
The almost black beer I’m drinking is playing really nicely off the spice and not overpowering the G2 as I was concerned it would.
Rolling into the last third it remains smooth and the spice backed off a bit. It’s not so much a peppery taste but more of a spice I can’t identify that lingers on my Palate. Taking a few deep breaths of fresh air through my nose really lets me enjoy the finish and encourages me to smoke more. Smoooth and creamy is the name of the game right now.
It just got quite hot, probably due to operator error. I tried to sneak in more than one draw per 1 or 2 minutes and I paid with a less than pleasant draw and harsh smoke. You just can’t rush a good cigar.
After a quick purge with the lighter I was back in biz. Totally recovered and back to smooth and creamy.
I should take time right now to say if some millionaire out there wants to send me for a dream vacation at the Graycliff Hotel- that’s just fine by me. If said millionaire would be kind enough to supply babysitting money for the time I’m gone, that’d be just swell with me.
Nub required a touch up but probably because I was reading up on my fantasy vacation to Graycliff in the Bahamas.
Nubbed at 9:45 pm. I usually smoke these faster but really wanted to concentrate on this smoke for the review as it’s one of my favorites.
9 thoughts on “Graycliff G2 (Guest Review)”
Wow I never realized that use for the poker in the Xikar tool!! Awesome! So much nicer than using a toothpick, and probably more comfy.
Just read over the review, nice job Weak_link! Sounds like a good cigar! The only thing that looks wierd about it is the bright yellow band, kinda odd, but I like how they designed the letter “G”.
Funny you mention the band- I also found it not so appealing when I first laid eyes on it. The other vitolas in the Graycliff line have a fancy foil label and makes the G2 look like a looser.
FWIW my favorite Graycliff is the Professionale PG- the blue one.
I’m about 1-2/3 done with this smoke. I must admit, not a prize winner, but great quality at an affordable price(recession)! I got a 5 pck on cigarbid for 11$- the smoke eventually loses the pepper flavor, and reminds me of the park avenue by Gurkha. Taste alot like any other Connecticut. Suprisingly the burn was pretty even for me And corrected itself. Strong ash, very creamy and leathery. I recommend this stogie to anyone that wants a graycliff at a good price. This is my excuse for buying these! 😉
good review Weak_link , seems like a good smoke, i am looking forward to enjoying one with a beer soon
The Graycliff G2……The Conn. wrapper tasted like grass, the spice tasted sour, it burned like i was outside in the wind instead of my living room recliner. I’m not one who likes or dislikes a stogie based on the price. This cigar did not, in any way, by any stretch of my imagination….. satisfy me. I hope you have better luck and your taste buds don’t do what mine did….beg for mercy.
I’ve had several of these. I agree with the slight leathery taste and undertones of spice comments. However, the emphasis is slight-for the most part I found very little flavor, bordering on none. Perhaps I had a bad batch, but the wrapper tends to come loose at the cut very quickly. Burn was even, draw was easy. A good dog walker if you can find it at a good price. It won’t stop me from sampling other Graycliffs, though.
Found the stick fairly well constructed but tasteless. Received it as a gift so it was worth the price.
One of recent favorites- beginning to end. Construction was excellent. Looking for a box now