Friday, 9 January 2015

A Closer Look at Gispert cigars

Although the name “Gispert” is somewhat French-inspired and you might not be able to get it right at the first time (by the way, its called “Hees-pairt”), we are sure that it won’t stop you from ordering this over and over again once you’ve tried it. And you can definitely order more because it comes at an amazingly low price than its Cuban counterparts. Perhaps this is what high-quality-meets-reasonable-pricing means.

The Gispert comes in two brands: Natural and Maduro. The Natural has a blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers embraced by an Ecuadorian Connecticut shade wrapper and a Honduran binder. It is topped with a beautiful triple cap. The wrapper is devoid of veins, so your cigar is like holding silk in your hands. The aroma will remind you of cedar and berries. The taste will give you a smooth and creamy delight with every flawless draw – the kind that soothes and caresses your palate. It will unfold like sweet cinnamon, follow with thick cream, and top it up with a dash of spice.

The Maduro is unique from the Connecticut because of the wrapper and because of the fact that the entire line-up is box pressed. The Maduro comes with a San Andrés maduro wrapper that has slight veins and an even color, and a Honduran- and Nicaraguan-grown long filler blend – the recipe to give you a sweet but full-bodied flavor that the connoisseur loves. The aroma is a mix of sweet cocoa, hay, and a subtle touch of nuttiness that lingers on.

This cigar comes with an interesting history of its own. It was founded in 1940 in Pinar del Rio at the Carlos Balino factory, which came under Habanos SA, a Cuban state-owned tobacco firm. The rich tobacco from Vuelta Arriba was used by Simón Veja Peláez to make the Gispert. After the Cuban revolution in 1959, the sales began to dip and what was originally a fleet of 11 vitolas was reduced to a single one, the Habaneros No.2.

But thankfully, the brand took a new breath in 2003 as Altadis SA, a Franco-Spanish tobacco company, started manufacturing it in an attempt to reprise the classic Cuban brand. At present, the La Flor de Copan Cigar Factory in Honduras is the place where these little pieces of delight are rolled to perfection and sent out for cigar lovers like us. Now it is made in 6 sizes, all with ring gauges larger than usual –  Robusto (5×54), Toro (6×54), Corona (5.5×44), Belicoso (6 1/8×52), Lonsdale (6.5×44), and Churchill (7×54).

Gispert Cigar-a vintage Cuban brand is the one cigar you can choose if you cannot make up your mind among many, and definitely the one you would want to start your day with as it teams up great with coffee. The semi-boite box that the Natural comes in makes for an impressive gift, or you can even keep it as a décor piece.

Want to combine it with a drink? Arrange for some fine Belgian ale or Imperial Russian stout for an evening with friends. After all, good cigars make a good company better, don’t they?

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