To the average enthusiast, Graycliff cigars are merely high-priced ultra-premiums carefully formed by a small team of just one dozen rollers inside a tiny factory in the Bahamas. However, the roots of this brand are entirely Cuban. The late, cigar-making legend Avelino Lara is responsible for perfecting and maintaining the luxurious Graycliff name. Avelino, the man who created the original Cuban Cohiba, is the man behind Graycliff cigars. His passion, skill, and knowledge for tobacco and premium cigars remains the red, beating heart of Graycliff....and no Graycliff cigar captures his unrivaled spirit quite like Graycliff Avelino 80th. Crafted to celebrate Avelino's 80th birthday, this special cigar was sold exclusively at the Graycliff Resort and Cigar Factory for a hefty sum. A 'phantom' cigar of sorts never intended to see the light outside Graycliff's historical walls. Today, this special handmade can be had from yours truly and delivered promptly to your front porch. Only 400,000 cigars were made and few remain....
Graycliff Avelino 80th was built for the true enthusiast. A full-flavored creation comprised of the factory's finest, aged tobaccos. Hand-selected leaves aging in true Cuban fashion since - in many cases - 1995. A complex mixture of vintage long-fillers from Nicaragua, Honduras, Brazil, and Costa Rica marries inside a feisty Ecuador Habano binder. On the outside, a gorgeous Sumatra wrapper graces each vitola. A rich, leathery leaf with ample oils and heady nuances. Each puff engulfs the palate with chewy, velvety smoke and leaves behind an exquisite level of satisfying nuances. Roasted coffee and cream mingle with a rich, earthy core as traces of dark tobacco and white pepper enter the fray. The finish is long, toasty, and sweet, rounding out a true masterpiece from a true cigar artisan.
“I got this with a build your own sampler and I'm glad I did when I looked at the normal price of these suckers. Its a wonderful cigar. when you pick it up you can tell that time and effort went into the making of this stick. The burn is even. The draw is a little hard at first, but is gets easier as you smoke it down a little. In site of the slightly hard draw, it's smoked beautifully and will last a while. Flavor profile is that of cedar, leather, wood characters, hint of cocoa and rich earthy notes. The cigar opens up more as you smoke it and the flavors get more intense. Not at all a weak cigar as the light colored habano wrapper might suggest. If you have the opportunity to try this one, then do it. you wont regret it.”
TR of Wyoming, MI
“I have to disagree with the first evaluation. I tried one as soon as they arrived. The cigar was tasteless. I let it set in the humidor for a month. Lit another one. Same scenario....”
ND of Nooksack, WA
“Much like the OP above, I made my own sampler and am very glad I grabbed these. Although I never thought I would like a stronger smoke, these aren't strong to me, maybe because they're so smooth and tasty.
I will be buying these bad boys again, you can count on that. I highly recommend Graycliff Avelino Lara PG.”
SH of Oshawa, ON
“I only purchased the 5 pack looking for a new go-to cigar. My batch was inconsistent with flavor and 3 of the 5 pack purchased had a very hard draw, even after letting them sit out of the humidor which was at 68-71% humidity for an hour or so. The best I can say is that they were a couple cigars with good flavor, but still had a harder draw otherwise the couple of them weren't too bad flavor wise. Maybe I got a bad batch.”
TG of MUKWONAGO, WI
“I got this cigar in a 5-pack as part of the Build-Your-Own Sampler and I am glad I chose it. This really had a cigar snob taste and I got it at a fraction of the cost. Smooth smoke with every pull with a peppery finish...was a fine taste paired with the hefeweizen I was drinking. I will definitely get this tasty stick again.”