Cigar Review: Graycliff G2

Graycliff G2

Size: 6×52, Pirate (Torpedo)

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican

Price: Box of 20, $49.99 (CI)

Strength: Mild

Grade: 7.9

The G2 is Graycliff’s answer to the desire for a less expensive version of their quality cigars. There is a bit of discrepancy however in the blends; there appears to be two lines of the G2, with the only exterior distinction being a gold sunburst coming from behind the black G on the band, while the other does not have this. The latter is more expensive and fuller bodied; the former is what we will be reviewing today and it is much less expensive and is an ultra-smooth mild.

So, let’s toast it!

Pre-light, 1.3:
If you enjoy patches on your cigars, you’ll love the G2 Pirate, which featured two, one small patch at the head and one really nice size patch at the foot. If, however, patches make you question ever buying the same cigar again, the G2 may not be for you—I fall into the latter category. The G2’s brittle wrapper created a very spongy exterior that was not so much full of soft spots, just very loosely rolled. The wrapper also had several spots of discoloration and appears fairly rustic with a healthy dose of crisscrossing veins. The aroma was full of barnyard notes, especially of dray hay and straw. The pre-light draw didn’t bring up any other flavors—it was nearly flavorless. The draw was extremely loose. All this is displayed with a simple yellow band with a large black “G” in the center with some gold sunbursts coming up from behind it.

Burn, 1.7:
With such a loose draw, I didn’t have a high expectation for burn. But, the G2 refused to go down without one solid category. The burn line on this stick was perfectly edged throughout the smoke, with one minor exception toward the nub; the ash was fairly strong as well and did not flake at all. The loose draw made this a quick burn and toward the second-third, the heat caused a tear in the wrapper, which I attribute to the brittle wrapper noted earlier. Though the G2 is a  fast and loose character, it never burned hot which was very surprising.

Flavor, 2.5:
The flavor on the G2 was very enjoyable and had some fairly distinct transitions and was very smooth and consistent. The first third began with a shot of spice and lasted for about 5-6 puffs. The cigar quickly became rather creamy and had some delightful berry hints in the background. The second third was primarily barnyard (hay) with some nutty undertones of cashews, hazelnut, and almond. This was the most pleasant section of the G2. The final third produced a nice mix all the flavors previously present, minus the pepper. The body was very pleasant throughout. The major deduction here is for the harshness that stuck around for nearly the entire cigar; the longer I gave in between puffs the better it got, but it never seemed to go away. Otherwise, the G2 had a very enjoyable flavor profile with some pretty decent transitions.

Overall, 2.4:
These cigars can be found for under $50 for a box of 20 and I think they are a solid pick-up at that price; most of the score is a reflection of the poor construction, but this had little affect on the flavor and burn. It is box worthy at a little over $2 a stick in my opinion, if used for nothing more than passing out to inexperienced smokers (they’re mild) or to smoke in the yard (they’re cheap).

(Total:  7.9)

Question of the Day: How do you light your cigar?

17 comments

  1. I have seen mixed reviews on the G2; looking forward to trying it myself. I still prefer relatively mild stogies, so it might be right up my alley.

    I typically light my cigars with a Lotus convertible soft-flame (pipe), single-jet (stogie) lighter. I toast the foot (insofar as I understand that process…) and then puff and rest.

  2. I usually use my zippo, but will sometimes use wooden matches or a butane lighter. I don’t (yet) own any fancy lighters though.

    I toast first, and then light up and enjoy.

  3. Toast foot with Vector OTO torch then blow on the end before puffing…then I enjoy!

  4. Great Review! A little too mild for me, but it owrks for others.

    I typically light my cigar with a butane Ronson jetlite torch.

  5. Interesting in the 2 versions. I’ll have to watch for that.

    If I’m in a lounge I use matches to night up. Outside I skip right to the butane lighter.

  6. Nice review unfortunately the mildness and construction problems make it a no-go for me.

    As far as lighting my cigars, I toast the foot with a torch-style lighter (preferably multi-flame), blow on it, toast again and repeat until I have a nice even glow. I try not to puff on it while lighting it but I have done it on occasion when my lighter is low on fuel.

  7. i use whatever i can get my hands on…but usually a torch lighter or matches. I like the occasional piece of cedar.

  8. Graycliff is normally an over-rated cigar. Case in point.

    Torch, toast, light (no draw), wave around in the air till it’s lit, then puff away.

  9. Chris McCann

    I usually use a soft-flame butane lighter. When windy conditions call for it, I use a torch butane lighter.

  10. I like the G2, so long as I don’t have to pay for ‘em.

    I use whatever matches I have handy.

  11. A zippo single torch insert or matches….

  12. I use my Colibri Viper that I have had for about 10 years now!

  13. I have a soft/jet lighter so if there is no wind I go with a soft flame on it, otherwise I use the jet.

  14. I toast the foot with a Calibri torch lighter, blow on it, toast again until I have a nice even glow, then enjoy.

  15. ROTHNH

    Patches on a $2-and-change cigar? Quelle domage :P — a Dunhill, Professionale, or Davidoff it’s not. But the price is about 10-15% as well. Seriously, I think that initial impression with the patchs psychologicall sunk this cigar’s chances in the first couple of sentences in this review. As for the loose draw on the one stick smoked, I’ve smoked a box of these torps and, while certainly easy the draw was not “loose” (such as when smoking a 5 Vegas) so I’m pretty sure this reviewer’s one-stick experience is not typical of the brand. Indeed, I suspect the “loose draw” and the wrapper cracking from overheating all may have been due to excessive draws, typical when a smoker accustomed to fuller bodied cigars overexerts himself and his expectations on a mild smoke. I do, however, agree with the reviewer on the flavors and the qualities noted here. This is a very good Connecticut, an excellent value and if you enjoy mild cigars I recommend you give these a try.

  16. John Werner

    My stick was the lesser cost variety though it looked totally smooth and without blemish. The G2 band, in a way, is simple yet nice enough and telegraphs what I found the actual cigar turned out to be. I’m not versed in Graycliff cigars with the simple fact being that most of their boxes are way north of $200. For that kind of money I tend to buy Padron 1964 Anniversary sticks or a few different Cuban made ones. A Graycliff for a bargain stick price, on the other hand, gets my attention.

    As noted the Connecticut wrapper appeared to be beautiful and I dropped it immediately and noticed when I picked it up the wrapper had several small splits at the foot. No real damage and I even squeezed the body wondering if the wrapper was ultra-thin and fragile. The stick seemed to be just south of medium density, but the wrapper flexed and I torched it and was off. First thing I noticed was this stick was a bit bland and was burning kind of fast. As it heated up and got past the initial light it gave the smoothest and lightest tobacco and leather taste I can remember in recent memory. No harshness, yet not alot of flavor either, extremely mild with loads of smoke. The ash was primarily a very light grey one and it started to burn irregular requiring a touch-up. Thinking that it was getting a bit more interesting proved to be only somewhat so with it remaining lightweight. I did notice a faint sweet berry-like taste that I had read about so I’m thinking this is a representative stick.

    Cutting to the chase: This stick is a very lightweight and non-offensive smoke that is best suited to times when you really are not able to devote your tastebuds to the full experience of a primo stick. It should be a smoke you offer to those who are occasional smokers as a gift that won’t embarass you as it is extremely smooth and mild to the point of being like a 55-calorie beer. I had a few occasions to taste a toasted nut note, but they were faint and they weren’t always weaving in and out regularly so at the end of the day I, personally, would pass on buying more of these. Just too mild for most regular smokers.

  17. Daryl D. Morland

    I toast the foot with my Bugatti torch lighter then blow on the foot then enjoy !
    G2 it’s to mild for me but it has a good taste .
    My favorite is the Man’o’ war ruination !

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