The Rico family history in tobacco stretches back to 1920, when Guillermo Rico’s grandfather began growing dark tobacco. Guillermo’s father succeeded his grandfather in 1946, and Guillermo recalls following his father around the fields as a child and his mother rolling cigars at home. That legacy continues today at Gran Habano, with a strong sense of family tradition embedded into every cigar made in Danlí, Honduras. Danli is where, in 1998, the factory was established. It became the birth place of all of their premium cigars, and the quintessential Gran Habano look.
Long-filler cigars became the core of the company brand, with three distinct blends: the No. 1 is a mild but rich cigar with a Connecticut shade wrapper; the No. 3 is a medium-bodied cigar in a Habano wrapper; and the No. 5 is a peppery full-bodied cigar in a Corojo wrapper. Consistency has always been insisted with these expert blends, which continue to be bestselling cigars.
The legacy of making cigars at Gran Habano continues to be a family affair in the USA at the factory in Miami, FL. The Rico family strives for quality in every leaf and cigar in production. Honesty and passion is what compels them to make great cigars; this, married with a sense of originality, has been the signature of their company. At Gran Habano they look to the future with optimism and a great sense of appreciation for those who have come to know them and their brand.
There’s a very hearty, even colored wrapper that has a full rich pre-light smell. It had a slightly rough look that was toothy, as well as an oily sheen on the wrapper. A clean taste on the pre-light.
1st quarter: Once the cigar was lit it produced a generous amount of smoke at the foot. The draw gave some big earthy flavors that began the introduction. A very smooth draw was letting some good creamy smoke through to the palate. 2nd quarter: Some spices developed through the nose and lingered on the finish. There was hint of sweet notes in the aroma with more earthy tones. Very little resistance to the draw, and more incredible flavors continued develop. 3rd quarter: Great earthy characteristics with some amazing rich tobacco notes. The cigar maintained an even burn and held onto a nice dense ash. There was some sweet notes in the aroma, and some light peppery notes through the nose with some mild cedar notes. 4th quarter: The Corojo No. 5 maintained a very rich, luring character. Good profile with a dense texture to the smoke and a full flavorful finish. A solid medium cigar that burned slow with a gradual build in body.
Overall great construction. Very rich tobacco notes right off with a smooth and slow burn. A cigar that yielded excellent flavor and balance that produced great full character. Well-made cigar with a long lasting impression.
Myron Gooch Sr.
Reviewed at: The Man Cave.
Time Smoked: 1 hour 40 minutes
Binder: Costa Rica
Filler: Nicaragua and Costa Rica
Size: 5” x 52”