Brick House Short Torpedo Natural cigar review
From the last factory standing….a Brick House
Seventy-two years after its initial release, Brick House returned to the market. This blend was first released in 1937 as a “Clear Havana” cigar, meaning it was made in the United States (Ohio actually) entirely of Cuban tobacco. It was a regal and expected pedigree of its time. Now the Brick House we get to enjoy, reintroduced in 2009, is a Nicaraguan puro, which means it is made in Nicaragua (Estelí actually) entirely of Nicaraguan tobacco. This new incarnation is also a regal pedigree of its time.
|Torpedo 5-1/2″ x 52|
|Made: Nicaragua||Wrapper: Natural – Nicaragua|
|Binder: Nicaragua||Filler: Nicaragua|
Having high expectations of the J.C. Newman Cigar Company is very reasonable since you don’t last in this business for over a century by just squeaking by. To give you a quick background of the company, they’ve been around since 1895. They moved from Ohio to Tampa Florida (Ybor) – the once cigar capital in the world – in 1954. At one point, they were rolling more Clear Havana cigars (cigars made of entirely Cuban tobacco) than Cuba itself. Impressive to say the least. At its peak, Ybor had about 150 cigar factories that could barely keep up with the demand of cigars which, at the time, was about half a billion (with a “b”) cigars a year. Today, the Newman factory is the last one standing. They also now have a factory in Nicaragua which is where this Brick House was made.
The Brick House brand has received high praise from our customers (4 – 5 stars, depending on the size) as well as from the likes of Cigar Aficionado which honored the Robusto size with a 92 rating. It also received the high honor of #17 cigar of the year in 2010. This cigar isn’t disappearing anytime soon. It’s has been time tested and is here to stay.
Now for the Experience review:
This Colorado colored Short Torpedo has boldness and clout. The wrapper smells of oil, leather, and some spice. The filler smells spicier, with some nutmeg, pepper, hay, and tobacco. Once lit, the flavor is initially smoky, with some pepper in the background, and has underlying notes of vanilla, oak, and chicory. The front of the palate is awash with lively cinnamon. The balance of the experience is espresso, toasted walnuts, and the woody character of chicory. The tapered head of this Torpedo concentrates the flavors towards the middle back of the palate. The bright cedar and peppery aroma is dry and crisp. The Brick House shifts effortlessly between woody notes and dark roasted coffee. The blend culminates into a nice smooth medium body that is full of that famous Nicaraguan tobacco taste.
We’d like to hear from those who have tried Brick House before. What do you guys think?
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