Brick House – Cigar Review

This week’s group cigar review is of the Brick House.  This cigar has a nice looking wrapper leaf and a sweet tobacco smell to it.  The draw is just about perfect after cutting.  Once lit up, the flavor is a bold combo of earth with a mild sweetness and lots of pepper.  Later on, the cigar actually becomes milder with a creamy sweetness dominating, then quickly ramps up the pepper/spice again.  We like that final third the best.  Overall, the Brick House was a good cigar at a fair price, but didn’t knock our socks off.  We recommend giving it a try before committing to a box.

IamDarren: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Construction: 10/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Total: 45/50

StraightUpCigars: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Construction: 10/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Total: 44/50

Terry1: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Construction: 10/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Total: 45/50

7:39 PM
StraightUpCigars: This one has a nice chocolatey smell to the wrapper and a perfect draw after cutting.
7:40 PM
Terry1: Perfect draw on mine as well. Getting lots of sweetness on the cold draw.
7:40 PM
IamDarren: agreed, im also getting a creamy buttery note on the cold draw
7:42 PM
Terry1: Let’s light ’em up!
7:42 PM
IamDarren: nice construction, leathery habano wrapper with minimal veins and no soft spots
7:42 PM
IamDarren: im ready to light up as well
7:43 PM
IamDarren: interesting. First couple puffs are rich and toasty. Getting a lot of earth and a bit of pepper.
7:44 PM
Terry1: Initial puffs are really nice. Caramel sweetness, slight pepper zing, toast, great start.
7:46 PM
StraightUpCigars: I’m getting a mild sweetness, strong earthy flavor, and a fair amount of pepper. Pretty tasty start!
7:48 PM
IamDarren: agreed, starting to pick up a little sweetness and some habano spice. Pepper is actually faded just a little. Nice complex and balanced flavor so far.
7:50 PM
Terry1: I’m noticing more of the pepper than the sweetness now. I’d agree it’s balanced. Some earth in the background. Draw and burn near perfect.
7:53 PM
StraightUpCigars: This has a lot more flavor than the fairly mild pre-light smell had me guessing. Medium/full bodieed for me at the moment.
7:53 PM
IamDarren: so… the storm hit around 9 in he evening on Thursday. I caught it on the radar with about 30 min to spare. So i hopped in the truck and started putting tractors and equipment up in the shed. Just as we were finishing some wind picked up. I drove up to the house and right when i pulled up to the back door the dust wall hit. My truck started rocking and i thought i was going to tip over so i quickly backed up behind an out building. Then in about 5 min. the storm was completely gone and you could see stars.
7:54 PM
IamDarren: So far i have heard between 200 and 400 irrigation systems flipped over in about 8 counties.
7:55 PM
Terry1: Glad you and your family are okay. Sounds like an intense few minutes.
7:56 PM
IamDarren: The only damage around the farm was the furthest west tree in my yard was uprooted. An older pear tree that wasn’t rooted in very well
7:57 PM
StraightUpCigars: That is crazy, that had to be one hectic few minutes.
7:57 PM
StraightUpCigars: So there was no rain, just super high winds?
7:58 PM
IamDarren: Some local farms and feedlots had their grain bins and facilities completely wiped out. Huge bins were ripped off the foundation and blew a half mile out into the field. So i think we got really lucky on our farm.
7:58 PM
IamDarren: almost no rain. Some hail and just enough rain to make the dust stick to everyting
8:00 PM
IamDarren: flavors are still pretty good on mine. Nearing the second third. That habano spice is dominating right now but i still get a lot of complexity. Wish there was a bit more sweetness to balance out the acidity that im getting with the spice.
8:00 PM
StraightUpCigars: I am getting a tart sweetness now that really balances the spicy pepper. Liking it.
8:03 PM
Terry1: Tart is a good description. I was thinking bitter but it wasn’t that bad. The tartness didn’t last long for me. I’m getting a spicy sweetness now that’s really good. Maybe a touch of cedar in there as well.
8:04 PM
IamDarren: ok, agreed. Its still good but to me it is a little on the dry side. Maybe its the creaminess that im missing.
8:06 PM
Terry1: I ended up with four 6 by 60s Brickhouses from the cigar festival. I’m liking this robusto better. That tartness lasted a lot longer in the larger sise.
8:07 PM
IamDarren: WHY do they keep pushing those big RGs on us… that is annoying
8:08 PM
IamDarren: btw… when i was digging through the review tray i noticed that LCG is a chisel. Thanks
8:09 PM
StraightUpCigars: I have no idea what’s up with the big RGs, they’re wasting tobacco IMO.
8:09 PM
Terry1: Why do so many people buy them? If nobody bought them there wouldn’t be so many available.
8:10 PM
StraightUpCigars: Tasting the cedar you mentioned. I agree Darren, it’s a little drier than I would prefer.
8:10 PM
IamDarren: the few that i have had seem to have a lot of stems and smaller pieces of tobacco. Im wondering if its a way for them to get rid of all their leftover crap that wouldn’t burn well or taste good in a smaller vitola
8:12 PM
Terry1: Yeah the price difference would suggest that. A lot more tobacco for a marginal increase in price. You know they’re not stuffing it with their best tobacco to get the added girth.
8:14 PM
StraightUpCigars: Interesting, I never thought of that, but it is probable.
8:16 PM
Terry1: Had to shred the band but it came off without taking any of the wrapper with it. Smoke is getting creamier to me. Pepper doesn’t seem as strong, mostly a sweet cedar with an underlying earthiness.
8:19 PM
IamDarren: same here, the paper separated instead of the glue so i had to keep tearing it off
8:20 PM
IamDarren: im liking the flavor the most at this point. Sweetness had picked up a little and its getting creamier
8:21 PM
Terry1: I’ll agree the last third seems to be tasting the best.
8:22 PM
IamDarren: might even be tasting a little coffee on the finish now
8:23 PM
StraightUpCigars: Really solid construction on this, burn is still fairly even and the ash holds on well
8:23 PM
IamDarren: looks like they just released a maduro version of this one that is supposed to be bolder… and they mention that it is made by JC Newman. Have we had some of his other blends?
8:25 PM
Terry1: I don’t think so. The Diamond Crown was a JC Newman but somebody lost it.
8:25 PM
IamDarren: lol, darn it
8:26 PM
StraightUpCigars: Burn!
8:26 PM
Terry1: I’ve had the maduro version and I liked it better than this version.
8:27 PM
Terry1: It had a bbq sweetness to it that I really liked.
8:27 PM
IamDarren: really, well that is nice to know. I will keep an eye out
8:28 PM
IamDarren: about an inch left to go and i just got blasted with pepper
8:30 PM
StraightUpCigars: Pepper and spice is definitely dominant on mine right now. I think the first third was my favorite.
8:31 PM
IamDarren: i would say the 3/5 was mine
8:33 PM
Terry1: Pepper has come on strong with mine too. Starting to feel a little of the strength now.
8:34 PM
StraightUpCigars: That’s pretty sspecific Darren
8:35 PM
IamDarren: this one changed quite a bit for me. Very complex.
8:37 PM
StraightUpCigars: It has a flavor right now that I cannot pin down, don’t know how to describe it.
8:38 PM
IamDarren: im nearing the end. Starting to heat up and get a lot of pepper. Lots of that zing you mentioned earlier.
8:39 PM
Terry1: I’m about done too. Very enjoyable cigar.
8:41 PM
StraightUpCigars: Same here. Ratings in a second.
8:46 PM
StraightUpCigars: Overall, I liked this cigar. Big flavor transitions and always interesting. The smoke was a little dry and constantly left me thirsty, also leaves a less pleasant aftertaste in my mouth. Would recommend trying one at this price though.
8:47 PM
IamDarren: agreed, didn’t knock my socks off but was a good one to try
8:48 PM
Terry1: Good cigar. I’d recommend trying one. This size seemed to have better flavors and transitions than the 6 by 60.
8:48 PM

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