Bahamian cigars

CI Legend purple by Graycliff

The CI Legends series is a series of cigars, all toro’s in a 5.7 x 54 size except for the Perdomo blend which is a torpedo, made by several well known cigar makers especially for the online retailer cigarsinternational. By the color of the band you can see who the maker is, too bad they don’t mention it on the band, you need to check the website before you know who made the specific blend. So far I smoked the CI Legend yellow by Don Pepin, the CI Legend red by Perdomo, the CI Legend black by La Aurora and here’s my review of the CI Legend purple by Graycliff.
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The oily wrapper looks nice with a few long thin veins but when I took a closer look it looked like the wrapper had a case of severe chicken skin. The cigar smells like a horse stable and has a good construction. The predraw is a bit on the loose side and leaves a mix of wood and raisin flavors in my mouth.
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I taste a spicy peppery coffee flavor. The pepper tastes like green pepper and I also taste a hint of chocolate, but that flavor is very mild and far on the background. The pepper fades away a bit, the coffee becomes the main flavor and the chocolate is completely gone.
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Halfway I can taste dry wood with some earth flavors on the background. At ⅔ the earth becomes a bit stronger but the dry wood stays dominant.
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This cigar lasted me about 90 minutes and during that time I got plenty of reasonable thick smoke that has a brownish glow to it. The draw and burn are good, even though the wrapper cracks open while I am smoking, but that didn’t cause any burn or draw issues. The light colored ash is quite frayed. This cigar is both medium in flavor and in body.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, didn’t care much for this cigar

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

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Graycliff Red lancero

A friend bombed me this 7 1/4 x 38 cigar some time ago and I finally lit it up. The construction of the cigar feels good. The wrapper is nice colored but looks a bit wrinkled. The aroma is mild and reminds me a bit of a barnyard. The cigar feels a bit dry, but it has been stored at 67% for months. The predraw is fine, I can taste a dry wood flavor with a hint of pepper.
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I get a full earthy flavor with a mild sweetness. After an inch the sweetness is gone and the earthy flavor becomes a bit acidy. At a third some herbs join the earth, the acid is gone and I can also taste a mild chocolate aftertaste. Halfway the herbal flavor grows in strength and become the dominant flavor with the earthy flavor as support and still the mild chocolate aftertaste, but a fresh flavor starts to join the chocolate. After 2/3rds the cigar only has a herbal flavor.
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I get quite much smoke, but the smoke is thin. The draw is fine and the ash is medium to light gray colored, but firm of construction. The burn of this full flavored medium bodied cigar was a bit crooked.
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Would I buy this cigar again? This was an enjoyable smoke, so probably yes.
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Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Graycliff Crystal lancero uncut

Sorry, no pictures, I lost them during a hard disk crash before I could upload them.

As you might know, I visited the USA in the spring, and the first cigar shop that I entered was Corona Cigar Co at Sand Lake in Orlando and one of the first cigars that caught my eye was this Graycliff crystal lancero because it was un-cut. The price tag was pretty high with its $15, but I decided to buy one anyway for review purposes.

The wrapper is quite dark with some veins, but the attention is drawn to the shaggy foot anyway, and otherwise to the pigtail on the cap. The construction feels good and the cigar has a mild acidy hay aroma. The construction feels good , the predraw is fine and leaved a mild peppery flavor in my mouth.

Once I light the cigars I can taste the pepper that I got from the predraw in combination with herbs and earthy tones. The pepper disappears soon and the flavors become a bit sticky by structure. After an inch and a half I can also taste some coffee, mild bitter, but the bitterness disappears after I purge the cigar. The earthy flavor is still the dominant flavor with the herbal flavor as support, the flavors progress to stick on my palate.

Little past the mid section of the cigars a nut flavor joins the party and towards the end of the cigar the coffee and herbs become a bit more powerful. The flavors are well balanced.

The amount of smoke is good, just like the draw and the burn. I would call this cigar medium bodied, full flavored. The ash looks funny because of the shaggy foot, and is quite dark.

Would I buy this cigar again? I would, but not for the $15 I had to pay for this one

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

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Graycliff 1666 torpedo

This cigar was a gift from Smoking Gator. It comes packed in cellophane and has an aroma which combines chocolate with horse and barnyard smells. The cigar is 6 x 52 and has a very dark, almost black, wrapper but I suspect that this wrapper is blackened because my fingers turn brown when I touch the cigar. There are hardly any veins on the wrapper, and the band combines beautifully with the dark color. The construction feels good and the draw is fine. The predraw flavor is a full raisin flavor.
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The flavor is a bit sweet wood and the smoke feels warm. I can also taste some coffee and after an inch it all becomes a bit creamy. The sweet coffee is becoming the main flavor until halfway where chocolate becomes the main flavor with coffee on the background. I can also taste some spices, but mellow and on the background. After 2/3rd the spice becomes a bit stronger and I also discover some pepper. The chocolate and the creaminess disappear. The chocolate re-appears for the last two puffs.
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The smoke is thick, white and there is plenty of it. The burn is ok, I had to correct once but on the other hand, the cigar didn’t die when I had to lay it away for a short urinal break. The ash is almost white and quite firm. This is a medium to full bodied cigar with full flavors.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I liked this cigar
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Appearance: 8 /10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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