Graycliff Cigars


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FOH,

what do you think of Graycliff cigars? I have tried them several times during my business trips to Nassau. I think they are pretty good sticks, but hardly hear anyone talk about them in any forum. From my understanding they started with Cuban seeds and utilize Cuban rollers.  What feedback do you have on the brand?

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Did you stay at Graycliff?  That is supposed to be some resort.  Massive wine collection to boot.  They are not well distributed cigars and they don't pander to the flavor of the day cigar marketing.  I haven't tried one, but I also heard the story of their rollers being from Cuban.  Many NC cigars tobacco has a genesis of Cuban seed.  That alone is nothing too special.

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Grayliff cigars had a wonderfull history behind It. It all started when Avelino Lara Once Fidel Castro’s personal roller, Lara was famous for his creations at the El Laguito Factory outside of Havana, where he crafted some of of the most famous Cuban cigars, including the Cohiba brand.

When he later went into retierment,he left Cuba to go to Nassau, Bermuda where he went to work for Enrico Garzaroli and his Graycliff cigars and gave the cigar their world reputation.

 

 

 

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I've tried a couple years ago. As I recall they were mild/medium bodied, and pleasant enough. There is limited access to them, so that probably explains why they get limited publicity. 

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Graycliff has a branded lounge at the Nashville airport that I pass by all the time...I have always been curious about them myself. I just pulled up their website and it looks like they also have a location in the Bahamas & Cincinnati airports too. Will have to give it a shot when I have some time to kill - it also states that you can enter the lounge for $5, which really wouldn't be a bad deal since I usually have some sticks on me when I travel.

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      *For me the Crystal Pirate Graycliff is alright. I also sampled their Espresso (little short robusto) size. Despite Avalina Lara's input, the cigars IMHO are basically, "Meh" <_<

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12 hours ago, cbenham73 said:

@BrightonCorgiI did not stay there. Just visited the cigar shop and watched the cigar rollers. It is an old plantation style estate, where you can stay. These cigars are pricey, but you cannot find them everywhere. I usually pick up a few during my visits.

Do you go there often?  I heard the restaurant on the resort is fantastic.  Actually the whole resort is supposed to be really 1st class. 

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14 hours ago, ac031898 said:

Graycliff has a branded lounge at the Nashville airport that I pass by all the time...I have always been curious about them myself. I just pulled up their website and it looks like they also have a location in the Bahamas & Cincinnati airports too. Will have to give it a shot when I have some time to kill - it also states that you can enter the lounge for $5, which really wouldn't be a bad deal since I usually have some sticks on me when I travel.

You can smoke cigars at their airport lounge?  Not sure how I feel about stinking like cigars sitting next to someone on a plane.

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On 1/21/2019 at 11:54 AM, clickbangdoh said:

Just avoid the Graycliff cigars marketed by the big mail order forms in the US. None of them are the real McCoy, i.e. they are just contract Dominican/Honduran cigars, not rolled in Nassau.

 

Wait, you're saying Graycliff licenses its name?

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You can smoke cigars at their airport lounge?  Not sure how I feel about stinking like cigars sitting next to someone on a plane.


Yeah, I had that thought too. Plus I don’t like the idea of all my stuff in my bag & carryon sitting in the smoke with me either.

They also allow cigar smoking (not sure if you have to buy there or can bring your own) in the Atlanta airport...Terminal D upstairs in the Terrapin Taphouse. Looks like a decent spot if you get stuck - bar food, drinks & cigars. It also seems quite a bit bigger so maybe smoke isn’t as big of an issue
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15 minutes ago, ac031898 said:

 


Yeah, I had that thought too. Plus I don’t like the idea of all my stuff in my bag & carryon sitting in the smoke with me either.

They also allow cigar smoking (not sure if you have to buy there or can bring your own) in the Atlanta airport...Terminal D upstairs in the Terrapin Taphouse. Looks like a decent spot if you get stuck - bar food, drinks & cigars. It also seems quite a bit bigger so maybe smoke isn’t as big of an issue

 

The last time I was there, I attempted to smoke a RASS, and was unsuccessful. The A/C and fans were not functioning, so not only was it stuffy, but it was the hottest part of the year, so it felt 120 degrees+. Couple that with the fact that the 15 other people in that tiny space were smoking disgusting cigarettes...I barely made it 15 minutes. Don't know what I was thinking at the time

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3 hours ago, RickHendeson said:

 

Wait, you're saying Graycliff licenses its name?

Yes. This is pretty common with NC brands and the big mail order catalogs. This doesn't automatically mean the cigar is going to be horrible, but many times they are banking on the name to help sell a cheaper (either to produce or in materials composition) cigar. There have been instances where they actually are quite good even, ex: the old Graycliff Double Expresso's used to be fantastic smokes, but I haven't had one in many years and (assuming the still sell them as I haven't looked) they may no longer be the same blend or rolled with the same care.

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4 hours ago, ac031898 said:

Yeah, I had that thought too. Plus I don’t like the idea of all my stuff in my bag & carryon sitting in the smoke with me either.

 

Denver has or had cigar bar too.  That one you could for sure bring cigars.  I never did for the reasons mentioned earlier.  If I used one it may be the smokers cube at Zurich airport.  That thing looks like you may not get so stinky.

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12 hours ago, clickbangdoh said:

Yes. This is pretty common with NC brands and the big mail order catalogs. This doesn't automatically mean the cigar is going to be horrible, but many times they are banking on the name to help sell a cheaper (either to produce or in materials composition) cigar. There have been instances where they actually are quite good even, ex: the old Graycliff Double Expresso's used to be fantastic smokes, but I haven't had one in many years and (assuming the still sell them as I haven't looked) they may no longer be the same blend or rolled with the same care.

Looked into it further and damn this is ridiculous.  Looks like some  online retailers who are selling "Cigars" via a ".com" (and also Cigars "Internationally" via a ".com") are using heavily misleading ad copy to make buyers think their cigars are from the Bahamas . . . .

I would never touch another Graycliff again out of sheer principle.

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