The major aspect that makes Graycliff cigars so exceptional is the masterminds responsible for blending all of the various cigars in the Graycliff portfolio. Those minds belong to Enrico Garzaroli, the owner of Graycliff, his son Paolo Garzaroli, and Avelino Lara, head of cigar operations and their Master Torcedor (Torcedor, in Spanish, means Twister, but we know the word better as cigar roller).
Avelino Lara was once Fidel Castro’s personal cigar roller and he is famous for his creations at the El Laguito Factory outside of Havana, Cuba, where he created blends for Cohiba and the famous Cuban Davidoff cigars. Since the initial release, Graycliff has expanded into an award-winning cigar company winning the hearts and palates of new smokers and seasoned veterans alike.
In 2005 Graycliff released Avelino’s latest masterpiece, the Graycliff Chateau Grand Cru, which is full-bodied, having deep flavors of leather and a spicy core. Many, including myself, compare this cigar to the premium Pre-Castro Cubans of yesteryear, and with carefully selected and expertly blended tobaccos from Costa Rica, Honduras, and Nicaragua, the cigar is very much like those aged Cubans, balanced and rich.