Cigar Review: Gispert Natural

Size: 5×52, Robusto

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Binder: Honduran

Filler: Honduran and Nicaraguan

Strength: Mild

Price: Box of 25, $72.95 (Purchase)

Grade: 8.7

The Gispert is available in both a Natural and a Maduro, and is available in six sizes, each with larger than usual ring gauges – Robusto (5×54), Corona (5.5×44), Toro (6×54), Lonsdale (6.5×44), Belicoso (6 1/8×52), and Churchill (7×54). Gispert is handmade by Altadis USA in Honduras and the Maduro version is unique from the Connecticut not only in wrapper, but also in that the entire lineup is box pressed.

The Gispert is value priced at around $3 a cigar and is readily available online, but rarely seen in the B&Ms I frequent.

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Pre-light, 1.6:
The construction on the Gispert is as inconsistent as my two year old son’s behavior. It is highlighted by a beautiful triple cap and a buttery almond wrapper with a great sheen. But, the roll is rough along the seams, is spongy from two-thirds down, has large protruding veins, and the wrapper appears soggy in spots. The aroma has a mild spice along the foot and a sweet and creamy aroma with some nuttiness along the edges. On the draw, the construction appears to be improving, with the proper amount of resistance and a nice cut on the cap – the flavor matches that of the aroma.

Burn, 1.7:
The Gispert burns sharp throughout and requires no touchups, though the draw is open and creates a fast burn, the ash is loose and forms divisions or gaps within the stacking layers, and the ash is filthily inconsistent.

Flavor, 2.7:
Through the first third, there is a very nice muted spice that reminds me of sweet cinnamon complimented by a thick cream with a long, molasses like finish. Moving to the middle, the finish is less pronounced though the creams stays and the spice goes. A burnt marshmallow presents a stark transition into the final third, where the burn cream continues to the nub, and is accompanied by a gentle and pleasant finish.

Overall, 2.7:
The Gispert seemed to have highs and lows throughout every section – the construction, the burn, and the flavor profile. But, at under $3 a cigar, it is hard to complain. The flavor profile was the most surprising aspect to the Gispert, and I was very pleased with both the complexity and the interesting flavor profile. I will be picking up a box of these because they are great for the morning or for the yard, and would be a wonderful introduction for new smokers that want a mild body but an intriguing flavor profile.

(Total: 8.7)