In 2005 Graycliff released Avelino’s 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.
Graycliff Chateau Grand Cru, Purple Uncut TP, 27th May 2021
Reviewer: Curtis Ward
Since this cigar was made by the maestro who oversaw the production of Cohibas in Cuba, I approached this cigar with great expectations. It did not fail to deliver. Firstly, the stick produced aromas of hay, earth, and cocoa. A cold draw was of hay and mustiness. The initial puffs consisted of cedar and cocoa. In the first third, there was tangy wood, cedar, cocoa, toast, sour dough bread, and vanilla ice cream soda. There was a citrusy element at work also. A hint of espresso was present capping off with a cedary finish. An inch in the flavors became bolder. Moving into the second third the vanilla ice cream soda and tangy wood both came to the forefront. The vanilla ice cream soda was actually tangy in itself. There was both sweet and sour accented by pleasant smoothness. Winding down with the final third, the flavors became richer and there were notes of nuttiness, woodiness, and earthiness with a hint of black cherry. The draw was excellent, however, the burn was uneven and there was some canoeing. Many compare this cigar to the “premium Pre-Castro Cubans of yesteryear.” Indeed this smoke was very Cubanesque. It surfaced memories of some tobacco I experienced in the very early 1970s. A pre-embargo perhaps? I will never know. But I do know that I thoroughly enjoyed this smoke. What a fine cigar this was.
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Great Graycliff Chateau Gran Cru, 17th May 2016
Reviewer: John Browning
I really enjoy these cigars immensely but find they are harder and harder to locate. Thanks Corona Cigar Company for carrying this product.
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Full of Flavor, 10th May 2013
Reviewer: Paul Carlo
The purple label to me is fabulous. The Espresso is #2 for me only because it's a stronger cigar. There is much unique flavor is this cigar, it's extremely pleasing. And next time you're in the Bahamas, stop by The Graycliff and pick up some freshly rolled pirates. These are as good as they get.