Gran Habano Gran Reserva #5 CigarThe Gran Habano Gran Reserva #5 cigar is a labor of love, and is the result of tobaccos aged for nearly a decade. Blended by tobacco savant George Rico, it consists of a Nicaraguan wrapper, binder and filler, and has a very smooth flavor progression according to those that tried them. It is available in a range of vitolas, and because of the length of the aging, it is only available in limited quantities.

The wrapper is Corojo leaf that has been aged since 2005 and the binder is Habano, also aged since 2005. Both were grown in the Jalapa Valley in Nicaragua, a region noted for its ability to produce excellent tobacco. The fillers in the blend are from Habano ligero in the Jalapa Valley, aged since 2004, and Habano ligero harvested form Esteli in 2003. Together, these make the Gran Habano Gran Reserva #5 cigar a rare treat that is rolled with expertise.

This stogie comes in five vitolas, including Corona Gorda (5 5/8 x 46), Gran Robusto (6 x 54), Imperial (6 x 60), Czar (6 x 66) and Grandioso (7 x 70). There are only 1,200 boxes available in each size, so they are a little tough to find. The construction is big and hefty, and is reported to feel good in the hand. The paper is slightly oily and textured, with slight tooth and veining giving the stogie a vintage look. The label is gold leaf with the name of the stogie printed in strong crimson lettering.

Reviewers state that the Gran Habano Gran Reserva #5 cigar opens up with gentle floral and grassy notes that play with a little black pepper. The pepper isn’t too strong, but it does kick some, though it mellows out as the first third dwindles down. At this point, some reviewers also detected some damp earth flavors. In the firs third, the body and strength are both slightly stronger than medium, though this figures to change soon.

In the second third of the smoke, the earth is still there, but is joined by notes of wood, coffee and spice. Most reviewers notice an up-kick in punch in the second third, and it is safe to classify the Gran Habano Gran Reserva #5 cigar as full-bodied from here on out.

The final third rounds everything up, and stays strong to the end, where a slight hint of charred wood can be picked up. Reviewers say that the stogie holds onto its flavor well for a stick in this price point, making it an excellent value for the money. Aficionados were in agreement that this smoke would pair well with a strong whiskey. The draw is good, if slightly tight, and the burn is even throughout. In short, there aren’t any complaints with construction, and the Gran Habano Gran Reserva #5 cigar produces strong grey ash that holds on for about an inch and a half before letting go.

This product only comes in boxes of 20, and given its combination of premium value and limited run, it’s likely that these won’t be around for long. Because they are already aged, they don’t need any time in the humidor for further flavor melding, so they can be enjoyed right away.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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