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Stogie Reviews: Henry Clay Rothchilde

3 May 2007

Henry Clay was one of America’s original statesmen. Clay served in Congress as a representative and senator for Kentucky. He also served as secretary of state under John Quincy Adams, and ran for president five times between 1824 and 1848. Best of all, he happens to have a cigar named after him.

Henry Clay RothchildeThis Dominican-made robusto features Dominican binder and filler tobaccos surrounded by a very rough Connecticut broadleaf wrapper. The cigar is a little spongy to the touch and the sun grown wrapper was chewy in my mouth – typical of many broadleafs.

The Henry Clay Rothchilde is a classic five inch by 50 ring gauge robusto size. Prelight there is a noticeable toffee flavor.

Once lit, I found a highly aromatic cigar with flavorful smoke that reminded me of a strong cup of English breakfast tea. The cigar had a medium, balanced flavor with some subtle peppery spice, particularly as it progressed past the midway point.

The Henry Clay Rothchilde burned evenly throughout and had a lovely white ash, but it suffered from a severely firm draw. This difficulty caused the cigar to repeatedly go out prematurely.

Overall, it’s not hard to see why these cigars have a reportedly strong following despite relatively little promotion, especially compared to other Altadis cigars. And at only about three dollars per stick (less if purchased by the box), it is a sophisticated smoke for the price.

With abundant flavor, but formidable construction issues, the Henry Clay Rothchilde earns a respectable rating of three and 1/2 out of five stogies.

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Patrick S

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