Brick House

Brick House Year of the Rat

Brick House Year of the Rat. J.C. Newman is one of the companies that entered the Chinese Zodiac cigar game with the Brick House brand. But unlike the other brands, Brick House is not using a red-colored box or red-colored rings. In fact, except for the size and the flag tail, you can’t tell the difference between a regular production Brick House or this limited edition. Unless you see the beautiful black box with the painting of the rat and the limited-edition text.

We were unable to find any information about this cigar online, so we suspect that the blend is the exact same as the Brick House Classic. And a classic is. An old brand that was discontinued during the Great Depression. But it has been resurrected by Eric and Bobby Newman about a decade ago. This time as a Nicaraguan cigar, with Nicaraguan fillers and binder. The wrapper comes from Ecuador. And this 6¼x52 toro with the flag tail isn’t a regular production size.

The cigar feels silky. The evenly colored Colorado wrapper is smooth and almost veinless. The nice cap, a flag tail, sets the cigar apart from regular production Brick House cigars. Since there is no secondary ring for the year of the rat, the flag tail is the only sign this is a special release. The Brick House ring is a nicely shaped ring with yellow, red, black and gold color schemes. Classic and stylish. The cigar feels well constructed. The wood aroma is strong.

The cold draw is strong. Just as the flavors of raisin, raw tobacco, and pepper. Once lit the mouthfeel is thick. Hints of dark chocolate, leather, wood, soil, and coffee, all with a bit of pepper. It’s a bit hard to keep the cigar lit in the beginning. But once that problem is solved, the cigar releases sweetness with the bitterness of dark chocolate, and some dry wood flavors. Slowly the flavors become more woody with green herbs, pepper, licorice, and some sweetness. After creating more airflow, the flavors are more chocolate, more pepper, and a bit of salt. All with a creamy mouthfeel. Halfway there is coffee with chocolate, spices, pepper and a hint of citrus. The finale is wood, pepper, green herbs, and leather.

The draw is decent, not the best draw but also not bad enough to complain. The smoke is thick and full. Especially after creating a little bit more of a draw using the cigar redeemer tool. The burn is good. The smoke time of this cigar is exactly three hours. This is a medium-full bodied, medium-full flavored cigar.

Would I buy this cigar again? If it’s priced within the same range as the regular production Brick House, yes.


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Brick House Connecticut Toro

Brick House is a brand with a lot of history and named after the brick house that was the Newman family home back in Hungary, the only brick house in the village. Originally it was a Cuban puro and the brand was discontinued when the embargo hit but since a few years its back as a Nicaraguan cigar, and with such a success that it had offspring, including this Connecticut line.

Again, just like the Perla del Mar Maduro, the Newman website doesn’t even mention this cigar, not even on the dedicated Brick House website except for a banner which says “introducing the Connecticut” but then nothing. I found out that it’s a Nicaraguan made cigar, with Nicaraguan filler and binder and a Connecticut wrapper. Judging from the MSRP, which is around 6 dollar, this won’t be an American grown Connecticut Shade wrapper, but where it’s from I don’t know.

The wrapper is yellowish, pale, combine with my prejudice on Connecticut Shade wrappers and you can guess that I would not grab this cigar in a shop myself. I was given this cigar with the question to tell the gracious giver what my thoughts are. The simple yellow, black, gold and red ring I like, classy, well printed and I also like the American flag style foot ring with the stars and stripes, although there are only 5 stars and 5 stripes but that might be a reference to the history of Connecticut that i’m not aware of. If that’s the case, please comment and share your knowledge. The construction feels good, the shape of the cigar is nice and so is the triple cap. The aroma is surprisingly full and strong, its fermenting grass what I think of when I smell the cigar.

I punched the cigar. The cold draw is fine, it’s sweet yet peppery. After lighting I taste a very mild coffee, smooth yet a little salty. After half an inch just a little bit of sweetness and some mild herbs. After a third a very mild chocolate shows up too. I don’t taste any Connecticut Shade mustiness though which is a plus. Halfway I taste a little more salt. The chocolate is gone, it’s just a mild salt with some sweetness. The flavors don’t change after that, except that the cigar gets spicy and peppery.

The draw is great, the smoke is great. It’s white, thick and plentiful. The light ash is dense and firm. This is a mild cigar, smooth but mild. It lacks some evolution. The smoke time is almost two hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? It’s too mild for me but if you’re into mild cigars this is a good choice.

Score: 89

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Brick House robusto

Newman’s latest big release, the Brick House, is a huge sales hit but I wasn’t impressed by the Churchillthat I smoked. As I don’t write off brands or blends by just one cigar, I decided to give this 5×54 robusto a try. The cigar is made from Nicaraguan binder and filler with a Habano subido wrapper.
The Habano subido wrapper is quite dark but dull and has lots of veins. The band is nice and the cigar has a wood smell. The construction is a bit hard. The predraw is fine and I taste tobacco.
I taste coffee and an earthy flavor, which turns into burned earth quite soon. After an inch I taste a musty wood with a tiny bit of chocolate.
Halfway the musty flavor disappears, but I still taste the wood and the tiny bit of chocolate. Near the end, after about three quarters, I also taste some dry nuts.
This cigar lasted me an hour and a half. The draw was good, just like the burn. I got a decent amount of medium thick smoke. The as is white and firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, don’t think so

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Brick House churchill

” She’s a brick house, mighty might just lettin’ it all hang out. She’s a brick house. The lady’s stacked and that’s a fact, ain’t holding nothing back.” That’s how one of my favorite funk tunes ever starts, but it is also a cigar brand with lots of history. JC Newman started the JC Newman cigar company in 1895 and one of his earliest brands was “Brick House” which was a tribute to his childhood house, the only brick house in the village. The original Brick House cigars were Cuban puros but the new Brick House, recreated by JC Newman’s grandsons Eric and Bobby is a non Cuban with Nicaraguan filler and binder and a Havana Subido wrapper.
The cigar, a 7¼x50 churchill, looks awesome. The band is simple yet classic and stylish. The cigar is triple capped and has a nice and shiny, oily wrapper with a few minor veins. I smell a strong barnyard aroma. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. I taste a full flavored raisin flavor with some pepper.
I taste a spicy coffee flavor, mild bitter and right after that a huge dose of pepper. The pepper fades away soon after though and the cigar becomes flat in flavors.
After an inch and a half I taste dry wood, all other flavors have gone. Soon after I can also taste some leather but the dry wood is the main flavor. After ⅔ the leather disappears and I still taste the dry wood but now with some earthy flavors. At the and I can also taste some herbs.
This cigar lasted and lasted, it took me 2 hours and fifteen minutes to finish it. The smoke is quite thin, and the amount of smoke is a bit poor too. The draw is fine, just like the burn. The ash is light colored, firm and compact. This cigar is medium to full flavored, medium to full bodied and quite monotone.
Would I buy this cigar again? No, next time I want a brick house, I will grab “the best of the Commodores” and crank up the volume.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 6 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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