It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the most recent creation from P.G. Cigars. The Paul Garmirian 25th Anniversary features an Oscuro Maduro wrapper with a Dominican barrel-aged binder. No other information is available on the blend. For this review, I smoke the Connoisseur size, a 6×52 Toro. It retails for $19.95.
The wrapper produces an earthy barnyard aroma while I smell potent raisin out of the foot. The cold draw gives me raisin flavor. Once lit, I pick up black pepper with roasted coffee and cedar. Through the nose, it gives me more cedar with saltiness. The finish treats me to more coffee and black pepper with light leather.
Forty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up roasted coffee with light citrus and black pepper. Through the nose, nutty earth blends with sweet caramel and toast. The finish offers more coffee with nutmeg and hints of leather. Strength settles in at the medium mark while body is at medium-to-full.
The second third finishes after an hour and twenty minutes. There is no significant change to the flavors on the draw. On the retro-hale, there is a delicious combo of sweet cocoa and caramel. More coffee comes through on the finish with oily earth and salty leather. Both strength and body sit at the medium-to-full mark.
The final third slips away around two hours. I find more coffee on the draw with spicy black pepper and nutmeg. Through the nose, cedar and light cocoa are joined by toast. The finish gives me black pepper and vanilla with smoky almond. Strength and body close out at medium-to-full.
The Paul Garmirian 25th Anniversary is the best P.G. cigar I’ve had yet. It offers great complexity with a rich blend of flavors. Construction is great, and smoke is plentiful. Even with the hefty price tag, this cigar has the potential to make my top 25 list for 2017. I highly recommend trying it out.