Thanks once more to buddy Jason Harding at BestCigarPrices.com for allowing me to review a brand new house cigar made especially for them by Gran Habano. The Gran Habano #5 Robolo is a great idea. I’ve smoked a couple and deemed it is time to review them. I highly recommend waiting a minimum of 2-3 weeks before lighting one up.
I just reviewed their Montecristo White Label Robolo and it knocked me off my pegs. A great cigar and better than the regular White Label. Different flavors.
Construction is good but a few soft spots here and there. And rock hard in others. But I’m nit picking. The Corojo wrapper is an oily, toothy, chocolate brown. Seams are invisible. Lots of small veins. And a beautiful triple cap.
I clip the cap and find aromas of luscious dark chocolate doughnuts; I can smell the glaze, spice, nuts, dried fruit, espresso, and leather.
Time to light up.
As I’ve said many times, big ring gauges annoy me. Until I can flatten the cap with my chomping, I feel like I’m in a gay porn flick.
The chocolate flavor is unbelievable. It even tastes like a chocolate doughnut. The draw is spot on. Smoke blurs my vision of the laptop.
I tried one a week after I got them and they had some potential but seemed years from being ready to smoke. What a massive transformation in 2-1/2 weeks. I don’t care that it feels like I’m giving head to a Great Dane, the dog, not the man.
The 4.5 x 60 is supposed to be the same as smoking a regular Churchill. So I have another 90+ minutes of bliss ahead of me. I’ve had my breakfast because I felt like writing a second review this morning. I did my palate exercises and ready to go.
The char line is razor sharp…until I drop the cigar on the floor.
Leather zooms in. One of the things I hated working in construction management was lugging around a brief case. But there was nothing like getting a new one and that wonderful smell and feel. If I chewed on my brief case, that’s what I’m tasting here.
Strangely, there is no spice. A Corojo cigar with no spice? How odd.
I think I caused a crack in the wrapper near the foot when I dropped it. Drat.
I’ve burned past the crack and the flavors are terrific. Chocolate is driving the bus. Every other flavor is two steps behind. I’ve never been a big Gran Habano fan except for a few blends, but this stick has won my mind and heart.
That crazy theory about the nub size allowing the cigar to hit its sweet spot immediately has been true to form for both this cigar and the Monte White I reviewed.
The burn line is a bit wavy but no touch ups required.
I have a story how I met Jason at BCP in a Turkish prison back in ’93. He was a good boy. Later.
While enjoying the other flavors on the list, the chocolate is what makes me smile. It is almost a one trick pony but it is done so well, I don’t care. My only criticism is that there isn’t a drop of spiciness. I check other GH Corojo reviews of the regular sizes and everyone mentions the spice. Shrinking this stick sucked the ha cha cha out of it.
The strength is classic medium body. I am assuming that something big is going to happen during the last third.
Flavors begin to shift: Chocolate, creaminess, nuts, mocha java, floral notes, and leather.
The price point for this cigar is on the money. A good $5 stick. Not a Montecristo White but a good stick. It keeps my interest…even though I dearly miss the spice. That seems like a real boner to me.
And moments after typing the last sentence, some black pepper arrives.
The chocolate is so intense that it tastes like licking the spoon of homemade frosting.
With 1-3/4” left, the strength moves up to medium/full.
This cigar will go on “The Katman’s List of 84 Great Cigars in the $5.00-$6.00 Range.”
It’s a solid cigar.
The cigar finishes out very smoothly. Nice balance. But if you are looking for a very complex cigar, this ain’t it. The flavor profile is fun. The spice ramps up, finally, at the end. And it’s a decent cigar to hand out to your friends.
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