The Brick House by JC Newman Cigar Co. is not a stranger here on Stogie Review. The Brick House has made several appearances in episodes of Week in Smoke. In fact, it is one of my Top 7 Everyday Cigars that I reach for when I can’t decide what I feel like smoking. It is a affordable, consistent, versatile, solid and safe cigar. We didn’t catchup with JC Newman Cigar Co. at IPCPR last year (2012) but they released a Brazilian Arapiraca Maduro version in their best selling Brick House size, the Mighty Mighty (6.25 x 60). After the show, sometime in September, the folks at JC Newman were nice enough to send me a few samples of the new Brick House Maduro and more recently, they have made an appearance on the shelves of W.Curtis Draper (Bethesda). The State of Maryland has some messed up tobacco tax so while the Brick House Maduro has an MSRP of $5.95, us Marylanders can look to pay around $7.
Video runs 8:25 and just like its Sun Grown predecessor (I keep calling it the Natural version in the video even though it is a sun grown wrapper) the Brick House Maduro is affordable, consistent, versatile, solid and an overall safe cigar. That is not a knock on the Brick House Maduro whatsoever. Consistency matters and in a time when there are so many limited editions flooding the market, blend consistency from year-to-year is often overlooked. Solid construction, medium in body and in depth of flavor. Profile wise I liken it to a mocha frappuccino; lite, sweet, creamy, espresso, blended to have a consistent flavor profile from first to last puff. My only complaint is that the Maduro is only available in the Mighty Mighty size. I’m hoping this year we see a line extension to have the Maduro available in similar sizes to it’s predecessor, like my personal favorite, the robusto.