|Gran Habano Corojo #5|
The other day I was gifted this cigar by a good friend and smoking buddy of mine. I have smoked the Gran Habano Corojo #5 before, and have always loved them, but I found it time to review the original line. I will say that this is one of the best corojo cigars made. This is a cigar that you buy boxes of, and enjoy everyday. Every person I have ever talked to about this cigar has loved it, and if they have not smoked it they soon love it. To this day I can’t find anyone who has not enjoyed this cigar, and if you are one of those people you need help. I am serious, this cigar is amazing! The cigar has been on the market since 2003, and to this day it is still rocking! I love Gran Habano Cigars as a company, and a part of that comes with the fact that they make great cigars. I look at their current portfolio, and I love all of the smokes, and I look at their past production cigars, and I wish they still made them. With all of this, forget my review, don’t bother reading it, just go buy some of their cigars! Actually keep reading, this is a good review.
I have talked about the father son team, Guillermo and George Rico, and now I am going to talk about one of their best products. The Gran Habano Corojo #5 is the strongest cigar in their portfolio, and it is also one of the richest and most complex as well. The cigar, like most of theirs, is made up of tobacco from several nations, and because of this you are going to get a lot of complex and unique aspects. The cigar has a gorgeous Nicaraguan Habano wrapper that has a lot of red in the color, making it a perfect example of Colorado coloring. The binder is also a Nicaraguan Habano seed, and has fillers from Costa Rica, Mexico and Nicaragua. For this review I smoked the Churchill vitola, which measures 7″ with a 48 ring gauge.
As I said earlier, the cigar has a beautiful wrapper, and it is very firm to touch. There are some veins present throughout the cigar but it is rolled very well. I forgot to mention that the Gran Habano Cigars are made at GR Tabacalera Unidas, which is located outside of Danli, Honduras. Gran Habano has been there for around two decades, and production is still as great as it was in the beginning. An interesting aspect of Gran Habano Cigars is that they have that same flat head finish like Padron Cigars. You may have noticed that before, but it is not a round head, but flat. The cigar has a nice aroma of spice, leather, wood, and sweetness, and the draw is just perfect for me.
Right away the cigar starts out with some nice spices. It shows spice right up front, but quickly begins to show notes of coffee, chocolate, toast, nuts and leather. It does have a spicy finish as well, and it is very complex. There are some aspects to this cigar that are very meaty, and it would go great with a nice Malbec. The cigar is burning perfectly even, and I am left with a very nice and dark ash. The draw might be a little tight for some in this cigar, but it is perfect for me. I would say the cigar is smoking at a solid medium-full, but it is very complex and flavorful. When I get into the second third the flavors I am getting are identical to a Cafe Mocha. The coffee beans and chocolate notes are absolutely amazing, and it even finishes with a nice cinnamon and cayenne spice. There are notes of toast and nuts in this third, but they are very soft compared wit the main flavors. The cigar did go out in this third, but once I relighted the cigar it was rocking again. I was still having a great burn line on the cigar, and the smoke coming from the it was very thick and great for smoke rings. It was still a medium-full bodied in this third in terms of strength, and flavor wise I think you can tell it was awesome. I am in the final third of the cigar now, and I am getting all the great flavors from the first two thirds. It has the awesome Cafe Mocha flavors, and all those spice, toast, nut and leather notes that were stronger in the first third. It is definitely increasing in flavor strength from the beginning, and this cigar is going the distance in terms of that department. The strength is a little bit stronger in this third, and I would say it finishes at a solid full body level. The cigar had no burn issues in this third, and when I put the cigar down at the nub it was still burning cool. What a terrific cigar that I have not had in sometime. As I have said, we always forget these old classic cigars to new smokes. This cigars gets 93 points. I don’t care if this cigar is old news to some of you, this is still a classic cigar. Why Gran Habano flies under the radar surprises me because they make such great cigars. The fact that Gran Habano was making cigars like this back in 2003 shows how ahead of the curve they were. I think this cigar could be released this year, and be more popular than it was back in 2003. Back in 2003 Cameroon, Connecicut Shade and Connecicut Broadleaf were really big, and Corojo was still fairly small. I mean Don Pepin didn’t start his factory in Miami until the beginning of 2003, and it would even be a couple years before he was really on the map. I look back on this and other cigars released in 2003 at the IPCPR, then RTDA, and I would say the Corojo #5 is the best of those, and it is also one of those few smokes that is still thriving. I truly believe that if Gran Habano continues to make this cigar for another five years, it will be a boutique classic. Go back and smoke one of these if you haven’t in sometime and if you have never smoked one, go buy some and smoke them, you will love them!