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, as well as at their Honduran, Dominican, and Nicaraguan factories. 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.
Before it was home to a five-star restaurant, a chocolatier, a cigar company, and one of the world’s largest wine cellars, Graycliff had quite the history. It all starts with Captain John Howard Graysmith, a pirate who plundered ships all throughout the Caribbean. His buccaneering not only made him one of the more famous pirates of the Caribbean but also one of the more wealthy pirates of his time. When Captain Graysmith retired from piracy in the 1740s, he built a mansion at Graycliff near the church, and that structure, in part, is what is used as the hotel. During his time at Graycliff, he became a privateer, a legal form of pirate backed by the British Crown. Over the years, the mansion served as a pirate hangout, the American Navy’s headquarters and garrisons in 1776, the officer’s mess for the West Indian Regiment during the American Civil War, and a hot spot for the rich and famous during Prohibition. Owned by British royalty in the 1960’s and early 1970’s, the Garzarolis acquired the property in 1973, turning the private home into the elegant hotel we know today. If those walls could talk!
Graycliff Turbo Edición Limitada Gordo is only around for a short time since it had just one production run for this blend. The fragrant dark Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is thick, oily and toothy which will add to the rich flavor and a pre-light barnyard aroma throughout. In case you are unfamiliar with the term “barnyard aroma” for cigars, it’s a good thing. In fact, 99% of the time that means you will get an excellent smoke that will taste extremely good and won’t taste anything like a barnyard when it’s fired up. To add to the rich flavor, this densely packed beauty is full of Nicaraguan and Honduran Habano-seed long-fillers with a Nicaraguan binder. Once lit, your palate will find hints of caramel and a touch of leather. Over time, the cigar will develop a hint a spiciness as well as some Nicaraguan sweetness. As you smoke, the flavors will become fuller, eventually giving you hints of earth, more leather and a touch more spiciness, and overall, with each puff you will find more and more complexity. We think this smoke is best enjoyed with a classic espresso.
Honduras has been a tobacco growing and cigar manufacturing area for hundreds of years, but it was the Communist revolution in Cuba that really put Honduras on the map. In the 1960s, many Cuban cigar makers fled their homeland and arrived in Honduras to re-establish their way of life. The immigrants took advantage of the climate, soil, and geography, which were well-suited to tobacco growing, and began producing high quality cigars. The center of the Honduran cigar industry is the city of Danli and the nearby Jamastran Valley. The majority of the world’s pure Corojo tobacco is grown here, now that Cuba has stopped production of this iconic, spicy, and rich variety in favor of Corojo hybrids. Other important areas of Honduran cigar production include the Talanga Valley, Copan, and Trojes.
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