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 have smoked many Graycliffs and have not been a fan, until it smoked the Avelino Lara 80th. What a great cigar. Very smooth with billowy clouds of smoke and a clean burn. A great feel to the fingers with nice hints of leather, pepper and earth undertones.”
CH of GLENVIEW, IL
“This was a great smooth nutty smoke. Great price as sampler item. I'm sold on Graycliff products, they always deliver a quality stooge.”