7/17/18

The Griffin's Classic by Davidoff Cigars in Robusto - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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The Griffin's Classic
WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade
BINDER: Dominican
FILLER: Dominican

FORMAT: Robusto
ORIGIN: Tabadom (Davidoff), Dominican Republic

STRENGTH: Mild-Medium
PROFILE: Sweet/Spice
DELIVERY: Smooth/Creamy

COMBUSTION: ok
CONSTRUCTION: excellent

Bright pillowy sweet overtones with cushioned pale spices. Raw but not green... perhaps so far as lightly toasted by the second-half. Creamy af throughout profile. Undertones are a salted & toasted grain savoriness with a sour underbelly. Bright in unders as in overs. Balanced supremely well & that's no easy feat; given a plethora of subtle complexities and deep note depths. Nuanced. This is why I adore DR leaf, right here. 
  • Pepper (white)
  • Spices (cardamom, white ginger)
  • Creamer
  • Nuts (pine, macadamia) 
  • Wood (cedar)
  • Chocolate (white)
  • Citrus (orange pith)
  • Coffee (blonde roast latte)
  • Grains (oat)
  • Earth (silky)
Pillowy. Billowy. Smoother than a newborn's tushie. Creamier than... I can't keep this analogy thing going. Soft. The finish offers a pleasantly cleansing & slight tanginess at its end -- after a long look at lightly spiced sweetnesses. Builds a vegetal chewiness, then builds it more. Saturates palate but never to the point of being burdensome. Stays cool in the smoke-hole. As cool as... as... what did I already tell ya about analogies?

Strength? This Griffin's ain't about strength. It's about sweet luxury. Ease up on yer #BEASTMODE, #alphaman. Chill.

Combustion sees this experience's only knock, via a quick-ish burn on a bit of a self-correcting wobble. Big smoky-smoke clouds both passive & active showcase a sweet aroma with a floral lilt. Ash stacks loosely.

Construction softens some via progression but that don't hamper a smooth even draw. Medium-tension'd. Seams remain nigh hidden from the eye. Cap/shoulder stay well-formed to the toothpick'd nub.


Beginner's stick? Sure, it's mellow 'nuff. But there is more than enough here for an experienced smoker -- as long as one ain't caught up on the juvenile thought that a cigar should be any type of "bomb."

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

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