What’s that you hear? You’ve got it! It’s Stog o’Clock yet again, and this time around in this cigar review, I smoke a stick with quite the enticing blend of tobaccos. The cigar I speak of is the Graycliff 30 Year Vintage. It features a 30-year old African Cameroon wrapper with a Jalapa binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Brazil, and Honduras. For my review, I smoke the PGX size, which is a 6×50 Toro. The wrapper gives off a manure aroma, and I smell raisin out of the foot.
The pre-light draw gives me a musty bourbon taste with a perfect draw. Once lit, the cigar delights me with a large amount of cinnamon on my tongue. There is caramel, earth, and leather through the nose, and the draw gives me spice and leather.
The first third burns quickly putting me at twenty-five minutes. The draw produces a wonderful caramel sweetness mixed with spicy leather. The retro-hale is a real treat with graham cracker and black pepper. On the finish, I am greeted with wood, leather, sweet toast, and an absolute bomb of cinnamon. The strength is surprisingly on the high end of medium. Performance is great with large plumes of smoke and an even burn.
After forty-five minutes, I finish the second third. This chunk of the cigar is still giving me large amounts of smoke, but it has turned into a heavy, oily smoke on my tongue. The draw presents me with an elegant aged tobacco core with a hint of spice and a slight grassy earth. Through the nose, I continue to be bombarded with cinnamon as well as sweet toast and almond. The finish is long with flavors that I can best describe as a spicy cinnamon roll. Strength has not changed.
The final third puts me at one hour and ten minutes. There is spicy wood and a creamy peanut flavor on the draw. A sweet, nutty flavor is present through the nose with an earthy parsley note. The finish is strong with more cinnamon, but I am thrown a welcome curve ball with some honey, salt, and pepper. There has been a small amount of sweetness on the backburner.
Overall, the 30 Year Vintage is a great cigar. It has tons of refined complexity with the age of the wrapper and diverse mix of fillers. It packs just enough punch to keep things interesting, but it is by no means a powerhouse. The retail price is high at around $23, but these can certainly be had at a steal online. If you can get them at a good price, I highly recommend them. I think they have a lot of long-term aging potential as well. Graycliff has come a long way with their cigars, and they continue to impress me with their offerings in recent years. I really like what I’m seeing from this company, and I think this stick is a prime example of their quality. Make sure to give it a try.
Keep cutting. Keep lighting. Keep smoking.
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