Produced in the cigar haven of the Bahamas, usually there are known for their insanely expensive price or some have a pre-smoke caveat of ‘is the one of the bad ones?’. The tobacco that comes from the Bahamas has a very distinctive flavor profile that - if you are not a fan of it - can be quite off putting but at the same time if you are fan of this flavor profile, it is hard to go back to anything other than a Bahamian smoke! Without giving away too much of the Espresso Piccolo, onto the review!
What a great looking cigar! The dark, semi mottled wrapper clings to the cigar, almost appearing to stretch under the expanding tobaccos inside. Evenly packed from head to foot, the Gray Cliff Espresso not only clipped easily but lit like a charm and the band removed without hesitation. A few veins run the length of the cigar but they never caused any issues with the razor sharp, thing mascara burn that held through from start to finish.
Starting off with a decadent chocolate, coffee and sweet tobacco flavor – it was not overpowering but was very close to that point yet strangely enjoyable kind of ‘pushing the envelope’. The coffee backbone was joined again by a light chocolate sensation but this time the mildew flavor was gone and was replaced by a sweet and mild spice – reminded me of hot coco or warm apple cider when I was a kid. Very unique to say the least! The cigar seemed to maintain this flavor profile, a few slight fluctuations in intensity with a bit sweeter core on the downward turn. The one thing I must comment on – the room aroma of this cigar – simply amazing. I wouldn’t go as far as saying it was like an air freshener but my wife even said ‘ohh, it smells like vanilla out here’ when she walked into the garage. Bonus points on the wife approval.
While Graycliff is not in the top 3 of cigar names or cigars sold, they have a form and long lasting fan base that, once hooked, will continue to go back time and time again. The Espresso series really brings a flavor profile not found in many other cigars, the coffee background amped up a notch with a spicy almost apple cider like sensation makes this smoke unique and interesting - the price the only BuyDiscountCigars.com can offer makes a box purchase a necessity!