One gnarly stick.
I found this attractive cigar in an auction and was instantly captivated by its unusual appearance. The first thing that caught my eye was the lack of a band of any kind, this thing is naked and twisted. Combined with a deep, dark wrapper and massive size, I couldn’t resist. I imagine this is something the early settlers might have found American Indians smoking. And I was just as fascinated, I placed a $10 bid, how high could an unknown cigar go for after all? Well, $18 to be precise, shipping brought this baby to $22! A little more than I like to spend on a stick I know nothing about, but the damage had been done, I was intrigued.
My devilish mistress arrived and was every bit as ridiculous as I thought. At 6.5″ long with a 60 ring gauge, this thing will stand out in your humidor. The Nicaraguan, Corojo wrapper twists down the stick and extends beyond the foot, covering this monster from head to toe. It is a beautiful cigar, made in the traditional cuban style with a nice triple cap. The texture is soft and velvety with a smell of rich chocolate and spice. I wanted to smoke it right then, but I knew better.
After around three months of aging, it was time! I gathered the gang and we headed down to our favorite lounge, Churchill, at The Brown Palace Hotel. By this time, everyone had a Gran Conjonu of their own – it really is an intriguing thing. The cigar cut relatively clean and the pre lit draw felt decent for such a long cigar. The toasting and lighting took a little longer than usual, due to the uncut foot, but once I got it burning, it lasted nearly the entire smoke. The flavors were smooth and surprisingly mellow, I would say a medium bodied, medium strength smoke. The draw was startling as well, I usually don’t go for cigars of this size as they tend to have tight draws and struggle to stay lit, this was not the case. Milk chocolate dominated the palate nearly the entire smoke, with cream and coffee complimenting the flavor now and then. There was a pepper taste near the start of the smoke, which faded near the second third, but that milk chocolate just kept coming back. I was surprised at just how steady this massive smoke was, just pleasant creaminess throughout. It put out a decent amount of smoke as well, definitely not disappointing. A good two hours and it was time to let her go, looking back, I’d like to give this rare stogie a couple of awards: Best medium bodied smoke (that I’ve come across, as of this writing), and best in it’s class (cigar monsters). This thing is easygoing and steady, I’d recommend it for breakfast but only if you have the time. Heck, find yourself two hours and you’ll enjoy this beast day or night.
- Amazing complex flavor
- Balanced flavors
- Mouth coating smoke
- Plain appearance