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Friday, December 22, 2017

Henry Clay Stalk Cut - Cigar Review

I'm thinking Haiku / I'm too thinking artwork / But(t) first, like breech birth --
(Zappai?) a looksie at this Henry Clay.

I'm also thinking I need another layer of clothing...

Well-rolled to the eye. As-to performance, there is some softening of density and mild loss of press. Draw is somewhat hesitant at times. Warms-some in 3/3. None of these gripes border on egregious. Burn needs no redirection but ain't on a razor. The loosely-stacked ash does make an inch hither and thither. Nicely paced and smoky side a' moderate. Room-note is a sweet earthiness with manure richness from the draw. Notes are a demure pepper-spice led by warmly sour notes in balance with a sweet umami. Salty/bitter bits roast-well. Smooth and satiating, richly-bodied. Balanced excellently and calmly complex.
  • Black Pepper
  • Espresso
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Top-soil
  • Molasses
  • Meat, roasted
  • Sarsaparilla
  • Leather
  • Manure
WRAPPER: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
BINDER: Dominican
FILLER: Dominican & Nicaraguan

STRENGTH: Medium-Full
FORMAT: Toro, box-press, unfinished foot
ORIGIN: Tabacalera de Garcia, DR
BLENDER: Grupo de Maestros

A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

"The name Stalk Cut refers to the technique of harvesting tobacco. In this case, the entire stalk, containing all of the tobacco leaves is cut (as opposed to priming the leaves individually from the stalk). The stalk is then air cured in a curing barn. This method of harvesting has been used before, most prominently on the Liga Privada T52." Cigar Coop

Buy this satisfying Henry Clay Stalk Cut Toro at Cigars City but don't call there asking about the Eye of the Shark.

This offering hit the Cigar Aficionado 2016 Top 25 list at #22 after receiving a 92 rating from the vaulted publication.

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