The Davidoff company started The Griffins line as a special "house" blend for The Griffin's Club in Switzerland. Exact information was difficult to find, but I believe them to be Dominican in filler and binder and this Maduro version features a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. Typical of Davidoff products, the appearance was understated and classy and construction appeared to be impeccable. The wrapper had an aroma that was a mix of earth and dark chocolate; the foot had a foresty earthiness that immediately reminded me that this is a Davidoff product, blended by Hendrick Kelner. Hard to believe, perhaps, but this cigar...which I received as part of my membership renewal multi-pack at CBC/Burns in November...is the first Griffins I have ever had. I decided to give this reportedly mild to medium stick a try on a Sunday morning with some strong, black Dominican coffee.
In case I momentarily forgot who made The Griffins, a cold draw full of foresty, woodsy, musty earthiness brought it right back into focus; to be fair, there was a nice sweetness, too, due to the Maduro wrapper used on this version. When lit, that sweet wrapper leaf gives the traditional Davidoff flavor profile a seriously different twist; the musty woodsiness was there, but it was overlaid by a delicate sweet aspect that was almost chocolatey, but not quite. There was also a definite cedar note and a hint of a floral aspect to the profile.
The interesting interplay of flavors worked its way through the first half...now more sweet and chocolatey...now more earthy...always with that Kelner forest trait just underneath. Medium in body, The Griffins Maduro went very well with my morning coffee and proved to be a great way to start the day while avoiding the typical Connecticut Shade mild cigar paradigm.
Just like Crowned Heads came out with Four Kicks in November and won my "Cigar of the Year" award, Toby Keith came out with "Red Solo Cup" in October and I think he might just have written the "Song of the Year." A sillier song might be hard to find, but there is so much truth and wisdom conveyed herein that I just can't argue with: