In-house cigars are fairly common and typically decent enough for a quick and fairly inexpensive smoke, but rarely does an in-house cigar stand out like a premium. Usually the tobacco is picked from the less than spectacular portions of the farm or they are extremely young when they are introduced to their cellophane coffins. However, unlike its brethren the Grafton Street Reserva designed and blended by Guy Hancock at The Decent Cigar Emporium is a dynamically profiled premium at a discounted price. The wrapper is first class and sourced from the Jalapa region in Northern Nicaragua. The filler of the vitola is an expertly crafted mix of tobacco hailing from the Condega and Esteli regions that yield the epitome of what a medium bodied Nicaraguan cigar should be. One factor that Guy has dramatically focused on is the rolling process itself. In order to guarantee a fantastically constructed stick, he has commissioned two of the finest torcedores to exclusively produce an unequivocally constructed cigar that would easily be on par with the finest sticks produced by the larger conglomerates. The tobacco is aged for nine years and is currently available in a Salomone which is a 7 x 54. Let me begin the review by congratulating the torcedores with creating a smoke that has a nearly effortless draw and flawless construction. The ash was perfect and stiff with consistent burn lines. The cigar has a medium spice which is common from most Nicaraguans that eventually mellows and settles into only a slight spiciness partnered with a mild sweetness and cedar notes. The only inconsistency in the stick and my one point of contention is that the spicy profile seems to differ from stick to stick. Across three samples one stick was very spicy throughout, another was in the medium range while the third was completely spice-less. Regardless of its slightly differing profile the stick is fantastic and definitely worth a try. Unfortunately, for us Americans the Grafton Street Reserva is a difficult stick to come by, but if The Decent Cigar Emporiums plans for world domination come to fruition, you might come across one sooner than later, hopefully!
The Decent Cigar Emporium Grafton Street Reserva
About the Author: Jason Schwartz
Hailing from the far east i.e. Connecticut, this unlikely walking paradox of Eastern beliefs and cigar smoke has found himself a new home at Cigar Brief. Part Sun Tzu and part Confucius, Jason likes to say his little slice of Nirvana is smoking a good cigar and partaking in a fine whiskey. His real contributions and strengths lie in being a straight shooter and knowing his spirits-and-stick pairings. Follow Jason as he enlightens you about cigars, spirits, and does it all with a little Confucian wit!