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 instilled within 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.
The cigar had an oily and dark brown wrapper with a leather texture. It had a great vein structure with a vintage appearance. The cigar was firm to the touch with some weight in the hand and has a very nice floral aroma with a cedar hay-like smell at the foot.
1st quarter: A smooth and open draw produced a lot of dense and flavorful smoke. Some sweet and earthy notes became present in the nose and on the palate. There was some light spice through the nose and on the palate followed by a great floral aroma. A mouthwatering creamy texture with some species developed and lingered. 2nd quarter: Some delicious aroma embarked in the beginning of the second portion, and flavors and characters developed very well. A slow and even burn held onto a light colored flaky ash. The cigar flavors continued to grow and intensify as the profile became more pronounced. 3rd quarter: Very rich characters of nuttiness and spice consistently lingered on the palate and through the nose. There was a steady sweet undertone on the palate with some woody notes that began to come into play. Some cocoa texture with earthy flavors were also present. 4th quarter: Very big aroma and flavors offered a lot of rich and earthy cocoa and tobacco flavors. It delivered tremendous flavors to the palate with more creaminess and a roasted texture. Spices continued to develop with deep and rich tobacco notes.
Gran Habano La Conquista offers a very nice approach to full body through to its last inch. It is a consistent cigar that continued developing all the way down to the nub. Overall, it is an extremely well made cigar that is packed with great flavor and offers a very flavorful, long and spicy finish.
Myron Gooch Sr.
Reviewed at: The Man Cave.
Time Smoked: 1 hour 35 minutes.
Filler: Nicaragua, Costa Rican & Colombian.
Size: 6” x 54.