Founded by Graycliff Resort owner, Enrico Garzaroli, the Graycliff Cigar Company has achieved fame worldwide for high-end, handcrafted cigars produced in the lush tropical setting of the prestigious Bahamian resort by the same name. The site of the Graycliff Resort was originally a church built in 1666, one of Nassau's first structures and certainly most prominent. Known as the "Pride of the Bahamas," this historic site later served as a fort before becoming home to the 5-star resort it is today. Winston Churchill, Aristotle Onassis, Paul Newman, King Constantine and the Beatles are among the many who have visited over the years.
An enthusiastic cigar aficionado, Garzaroli dreamed of producing truly top-shelf cigars to complement the fine wine and cuisine in his first class restaurants. He partnered with Cuban cigar legend Avelino Lara to create Graycliff Cigar Company. Lara was responsible for Castro's personal smokes and then the Cohiba line. Grayhills—initially offered as an amenity for guests at the hotel—are handmade in a small area behind the renowned Nassau resort. With an unyielding devotion to superior quality and consistency, Lara oversees the production of each cigar. Only a few hundred are rolled each day, and they're known for exceptional body and flavor without being overly harsh. Because of their focus on quality, they have thrived in spite of entering the premium cigar business in 1998 at the end of the cigar boom.
Graycliff '1666' was crafted to celebrate the resort's nearly 450-year history. This rich, redolent beauty sports a dark, toothy Jaltepec maduro wrapper. The filler consists of extensively-aged Peruvian, Columbian, Brazilian, and Mexican long-fillers—a multi-country mixture secured by an Ecuadorian Sumatra binder. The result is a perfectly balanced cigar with a smorgasbord of unique flavors and mouthwatering aromas. Look for deep, smooth, notes of earth, nuts, and coffee with the faintest hint of sweet spices. The 1966 is a luxurious and memorable medium-bodied experience. Enjoy it with a smoky single malt scotch—Laphroaig and Lagavulin, for instance.