Paul Joyalâ€™s Ocean State Cigars debuts a Double Robusto addition to the J. Grotto
Anniversary boutique premium cigar line. The 5-1/2" x 54 cigar is offered in box-pressedÂ configuration, sought after for its comfort in the mouth and fingers.
The Anniversary line is hand-made with 100% long-filler tobacco. The Double RobustoÂ shares the same blend and construction details as the four original Anniversary shapes. ItsÂ double-capped wrapper is a naturally fermented maduro Connecticut-grown broadleaf, while theÂ binder is a Dominican-grown Habano. Joyal is guarded about the special blend the factory hasÂ provided, saying only that it is Dominican and â€œother Central American tobaccos.â€ TheÂ Anniversary line is blended and manufactured by Phil Zanghi, whose Dominican operationÂ shares factory space with the Reyesâ€™ family of tobacco producers, who supply 70% of all the
tobacco used by Dominican cigar makers. One can expect the Anniversary to use some of theseÂ top-quality tobaccos.
Like all Anniversary shapes, the Double Robusto is a medium-bodied cigar, departing from
all other J. Grotto cigars, which are medium-full to full-bodied. Joyal, with decades of premiumÂ cigar experience, notes that, â€œAlthough many cigar lovers rave about full-bodied cigars, mostÂ buy medium-bodied brands. Make no mistake, Anniversaryâ€™s rich flavor is the full equal ofÂ highly-touted full-bodied cigars â€¦ many of which actually lack flavor, despite their power.
â€œAnniversary has earned the term â€˜succulent,â€™ with a classic Connecticut broadleaf sweetness,Â plus some subtleties like cocoa, coffee and nuts. For smooth smoking, all tobaccos are aged atÂ least 3 years; the finished cigars another 3-4 months.â€
The high-quality Spanish cedar box holds 10 cigars and bears artwork that reflects the specialÂ nature of the Anniversary name. The lineâ€™s 2014 debut marked a year of wedding anniversariesÂ for Joyalâ€™s family â€¦ his parentsâ€™ 65th and Joyal and his wifeâ€™s 30th. Gold coins in the box artÂ also bear the initials of several immediate family members. Joyal describes what he thinks isÂ Anniversaryâ€™s most appealing feature … â€œsuperpremium quality and performance at a consumer-Â friendly price â€¦ $8.50.â€ Like all J. Grotto cigars, the Anniversary Double Robusto is availableÂ only to brick-and- mortar tobacco shops … not Internet and mail-order discounters.
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