The Brick House brand was created in 1937 by Julius Caeser Newman. The founder of the J.C. Newman Cigar Company named Brick House in honor of his family home and tavern in the Hungarian countryside. Originally made with Cuban tobacco, the brand had faded away over time. But, in 2009, it was relaunched by third generation owners Eric and Bobby Newman using Nicaraguan tobaccos. Today the J.C. Newman Cigar Company is America’s oldest family-owned cigar maker.
The Brickhouse Traveler is a Nicaraguan Puro handmade with a rugged, dark red Havana Subido wrapper. The Traveler comes in individual cedar tubes which intensify the taste of the oily, earthy sticks. The crisp smoke is very smooth, medium strength with flavors of maple syrup, cream soda, sweet tea and a touch of pepper. There is a slight minty flavor left on the palate. In June 2016 Brick House received a 91 rating from Cigar Aficionado magazine.
The Brick House Traveler pairs well with coffee with, or without, a shot of Jameson. If you are feeling adventurous, I suggest a sweeter pairing such as the very apropos Mad Hungarian.
The Mad Hungarian
2 shots Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum
In a highball glass filled with ice combine rum and top off with root beer.