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Paul Garmirian Gourmet Series Connoisseur
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: HolySmokes

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Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique generously sponsored by our member Adwinistrator (Ryan).  This was done as a blind review so there were no pre-concieved notions about what anyone was smoking.  The cigar provided for this round is the">Paul Garmirian Gourmet Series Connoisseur.  The Paul Garmirian Gourmet Series was first introduced in 1990. Its flavorful richness soon garnered attention throughout the world of cigar smokers. This maker is known for nearly obsessive aging of the leaves, often up to seven years before they reach hands of expert torcedors. The cigars are then box aged for several more years before being shipped. Each box comes with a box date. These are flawlessly constructed cigars – a truly memorable smoke.

Paul Garmirian Gourmet Series Connoisseur

Paul Garmirian
Gourmet Series Connoisseur
Ring Gauge:
Country of Origin:
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
Connecticut Shade
Average Member Rating:
4.5 star rating based on 1 Review(s) (1 Review(s))
This cigar was enjoyed with Water

Pre-Light: 10 Points of 10 Possible

Cigar has a nice medium brown tone throughout. I did not notice any wrapper tooth. The seams were near invisible. The cigar has a mild sheen, but a drier appearance. There was a semi-sweet aroma off wrapper and foot. I used a straight cut to produce the perfect draw.

Lighting and Burn: 10 Points of 15 Possible

Cigar lights fast with no extended toasting. The burn is mostly even to start. Smoke output is medium at best to start. First ash at about 1.5" leaving a nice bit off-centered cone. The ash is darker gray and non-flaky. In the 2/3 portion the cigar begins to smoke a bit uneven but is self correcting throughout. The smoke volume in the last third has increased as well. I only gave one slight touch-up throughout the smoke.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

The cap was applied well. There was a bit of wrapper bunching near the head. There was a stem noticed after the cut but doesn't seem to be affecting the draw. The draw remained open with just the right amount of resistance throughout.

Flavor and Aroma: 42 Points of 45 Possible

Off the bat I am tasting a mild earth but more green, almost grassy. The finish is short. The retrohale has little spice at the start but I pick up a faint cocoa note. 2/3: Retrohale spice picks up slightly loosing some of the cocoa note but still smooth. The second third offers a touch more sweet wood taste. Cigar is mild-medium body and strength. 3/3: Body has become more noticeably fuller with flavors of earth, semi-sweetness and woods. The strength however is unchanged. The smoke aroma is not off putting.


This was a good quality cigar that smoked well from start to finish. This would be box worthy for a no frills, not too complex smooth smoke. This cigar could be smoked by a newbie and seasoned cigar aficionado. Final smoke time was 1:22min.

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