The Henry Clay Stalk Cut is a cigar blended by the famous Grupo de Maestros. Cutting the tobacco at the stalk for drying allows the leaves to draw more flavor and strength during aging. The closed foot gives it the impression of having a tight draw, but it should open up. After lighting, the flavor is a delicious mix of sweet coffee and earth with pepper and spice on the finish. It quickly becomes apparent that this is a strong cigar. Not just a strong cigar, this is truly the strongest we have ever smoked. The nicotine content is off the charts and left us dazed. Not for the faint of heart. Overall, the flavor was awesome. The strength makes it hard to recommend to the average smoker, but someone looking to try something different will get a kick out of this beast!
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Price Point: 4/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Price Point: 6/10
Would I buy a Box: 1/5
StraightUpCigars: Pretty good looking wrapper leaf. Barnyard smell to it.
Terry1: Cigar feels soft, like it’s under filled. Interesting it has a closed foot. Cold draw is loose and I’m getting a strong raisin note. Ready to try this cigar.
StraightUpCigars: Mine feels pretty well packed and has a perfect draw. Lighting her up!
StraightUpCigars: Took a little effort to get it lit, I don’t think the closed foot really helps anything.
Terry1: Same here. Got the wrapper part lit. Then it went out and had to light the filler.
StraightUpCigars: Got it lit up now, getting coffee, earth, with some pepper and spice on the finish. Rich tasting.
Terry1: Nice sweetness to start with. Pepper make an entrance early. Tried to retrohale a little and way too strong for me. Brought tears to my eyes.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, this one has all the makings of a really bold cigar. We’ll see where it goes.
Terry1: I was not aware of what I picked out tonight. With the boldness the Henry Clay is starting out with I’m hoping I make it to the band.
StraightUpCigars: To be honest, I wasn’t either. This sample was provided to us by Henry Clay. When I looked up the price I couldn’t help but notice this is touted as a super high strength smoke with all well-aged tobacco.
Terry1: It is tasting great right now. Very nice aroma, just can’t inhale too much of it.
StraightUpCigars: Same here, so far so good. The burn is a bit wobbly, but I think it will correct itself.
Terry1: Getting that coffee note you mentioned. My burn is off too.
StraightUpCigars: Looks like these are retailing at atleast $8 ea in a fiver.
StraightUpCigars: Burn has gotten further off, so I’m going to correct it.
Terry1: I might be psyching myself out but I am starting to feel the nicotine and I’m not through the first third yet. I might not make it to the “Stalk Cut” label. Damn. I am enjoying the flavors.
StraightUpCigars: You’re not alone, I can feel it already too. This may be one of the stronger ones we’ve ever smoked. We’ll see.
StraightUpCigars: I think this is my first ever Henry Clay, have you had one?
Terry1: That’s what I’m thinking. This may be the strongest cigar I’ve smoked. This is my first Henry Clay.
StraightUpCigars: It’s not helping that we have this heaping “toro” vitola.
StraightUpCigars: I had to switch to a more comfy chair, I need to lay back and relax!
StraightUpCigars: Despite the cigar’s strength, it isn’t even full bodied. I’d call it medium full. Flavor on mine is much the way it started – coffee and earth with some pepper and spice. I’m enjoying it – very relaxing.
Terry1: I may not be able to stand up soon. Into the middle third. Burning great. Pepper has settled down some. The coffee note is getting stronger. It’s mixing well with the sweetness I’m getting.
Terry1: Alright I made it to the stalk cut band and I’m still conscious! This is a strong cigar. Earth is starting to come to the front now.
StraightUpCigars: Lol. I must be smoking slow, or your must be quite underfilled. I have a bit to go before that band.
Terry1: Good point. My draw is a little loose. I figured it was underfilled too accommodate the box press.
StraightUpCigars: I think yours is just not constructed as well, mine is packed perfectly.
StraightUpCigars: Mine is picking up some body, getting much more pepper now, and a bit of bitterness.
StraightUpCigars: What a beast… I am swimming. Going to be setting it down early.
Terry1: Mine is about the same. I’m almost to the Henry Clay band. Sweetness, coffee and earth dominate. There is a hint of pepper. I’m trying to smoke slower and enjoy the flavors. Not optimistic I’ll be able to finish this cigar. My head is swimming too.
StraightUpCigars: I am confident this is the highest-nic cigar I’ve ever smoked. I did nothing different – had dinner before. It’s a freakin beast!
Terry1: Lol, I agree this is a beast of a cigar! Bands came off easily. Burn is doing well. Good flavors. Just the strength is hindering my full enjoyment of this cigar.
StraightUpCigars: The slower I smoke, the more I enjoy it. If I try to puff like I would normally it doesn’t go well.
Terry1: I’m giving up. Nicotine is winning. I have about an inch left. Flavors were great. I enjoyed them but the strength is just too much. Ready to rate when you are.
StraightUpCigars: Is now fully full bodied for me. I’m surprised it wasn’t this way right off the bat, was real pleasant for most of the cigar. I’m setting it down too.
StraightUpCigars: Overall, the flavor was real good on the first 2 thirds. I’d consider a box purchase on a smaller vitola, this x-large one just has too much strength. Strongest cigar ever!
Terry1: Flavor wise I liked it and would considering buying more. The strength was too much for me and therefore I wouldn’t buy another. No use having great flavors if the cigar makes you sick. For those that like full strength cigars I’d recommend trying the Henry Clay Stalk Cut.