â€œI was test-smoking samples for our new J. Grotto Connecticut boutique cigar, the latest addition to our two previous cigars in the lineâ€ states Paul Joyal, founder and president of Ocean State Cigars.Â â€œSuddenly, the word â€˜Silkâ€™ came to mind.Â I realized it was the perfect name to describe this cigar … the wrapperâ€™s silky smooth feel and appearance, along with its flavor … fragrant and delicate, but with a surprising fullness of lush flavor nuances.Â Combined with the superb burning character of todayâ€™s strains of Ecuadorian-grown Connecticut-seed tobacco, you have a superlative smoke.â€
J. Grotto Silk follows the original J. Grotto and J. Grotto Reserve, introduced over the past two years. Â Their ratings and reviews remain on the Web, for anyone curious as to third-party critiques.
Silk is available in 4 shapes: Gran Robusto (5â€ x 52), Gordo (6â€ x 60), Gran Toro (6â€ x 52), and Churchill (7â€ x 50) … â€œa great golf-course cigar,â€ reports Joyal.Â When queried about the popularity of the seriesâ€™ 6″ x 60 Gordo, he believes it to be the fastest-growing new shape … not only in the J. Grotto portfolio, but with several other cigar makers, as well.
Silkâ€™s Connecticut-seed tobacco is grown under Ecuadorâ€™s high, thin overcast, which offers the perfect substitute for expensive shade netting.Â To meld and mellow the flavors, the wrapper, filler and binder tobaccos have been aged a full 3 years.Â The finished cigars then rest another 8 months at Ocean State Cigarsâ€™ warehouse, before shipping to retailers.
Like fine silk, the sleek and lustrous wrapper possesses a tissue-like delicacy and virtually unnoticeable veins … producing a razor-thin burn zone that progresses evenly to the band.Â The filler combines tobaccos from the Trojes region of Honduras and Jalapa, Nicaragua.Â The binder is a double leaf of Indonesian and Criollo 98 tobaccos, and Joyal states Silk routinely grows a 2″ ash.
J. Grotto Silk is individually cellophane-sheathed, and presented in boxes of 20 cigars each.Â The striking bands and artwork on the substantial Spanish-cedar boxes bespeak opulence.Â Joyal is supporting retailers with regular ads in SMOKE and the now-national Cigar Snob consumer magazines.
Manufacturerâ€™s suggested retail pricing for the J. Grotto Silk range from $6.75 (Robusto) to $7.50 (Gordo), and the cigars will be available at better tobacconists nationwide in August â€¦ for a list of retailers by state, visit http://oceanstatecigars.com/index.php/retailers.
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