I picked up this cigar at my local B&M Pipe World. I was looking for it specifically because of the current rating from Cigar Aficionado Magazine. I have tried to make it a point to smoke all the top 25 cigars I can get my hands on to see if they stack up.
- The Brickhouse cigar represents the childhood home of JC Newman
- JC’s childhood home served as the town tavern
- The Brickhouse blend was originally a Cuban puro, but has been remade
- Cigar Size: “Mighty Mighty” 6.25 x 60
- Origin: Nicaraguan Puro
- Wrapper: Havana Subido
- Binder: Nicaraguan
- Filler: Nicaraguan
- Price: 5 dollars
This cigar is pretty “mighty.” Overall the construction is great and there are no natural cosmetic issues that can be seen with the naked eye. The wrapper is very oily, just as advertised on the Brick House website. There is just the smallest amount of tooth on the wrapper which is hard to see, and there’s one minor split in the foot right along a vein in the leaf, but I believe that is more my fault than the cigar’s. The Brick House has a pre-light aroma almost like a country barnyard that reminded me of my parents’ ranch back home.
The cigar started out very mild and had a ton of earth flavors to it. Its draw was perfect, allowing just the right amount of air through to produce a ton of smoke and to keep it cool as it burned. The earthiness of the cigar’s flavor was constant for the first half of the stick, and it wasn’t one-dimensional at all as the flavor profile would change just enough to keep it interesting. Also, the cigar was super smooth and the smoke was velvet-like.
I did get a bit of Oak and Cedar notes the more I smoked through the cigar. These notes were very faint and hard to notice, but were enjoyable. Perhaps I might be crazy but I also got some hints of sweetness that was almost like maple syrup. I don’t know how that is even possible, but considering I tear up some waffles on a daily basis I know my syrups very well. This flavor came and went as fast as it began, but for those few puffs it was heaven.
The Brick Hose then kicked up a little spice at the end which added some body and complexity to the overall experience.
I was a little surprised that the ash fell so quickly on this cigar considering the construction seemed top notch. The burn was perfect for the entire cigar until the last third. I touched it up and was able to correct it with little effort. This cigar was a long smoking SOB lasting almost three hours which was the perfect complement to my afternoon. It remained super cool to the end allowing me to enjoy every last bit of it.
The Brick House Mighty Mighty is a great cigar and seems to be exactly in line in terms of flavor and construction as it is explained on the Brickhouse website. It was a really nice to see a cigar burn cool and last for over three hours without blinking an eye. The earthy tones were great, but could have used a bit more flavor changes to make it more complex since the cigar lasted over three hours. The maple syrup flavor was a real treat and I would have enjoyed to have it last longer that it did.
For a 5-dollar price tag I got more than my money’s worth considering the length of time it took to smoke the entire stick. I don’t think the cigar makes the top shelf, but it easily makes the fourth draw up. I know if I am looking for a long smoking cigar to kill and afternoon with, this cigar will be it.