Today we take a look at the Gran Habano Corojo #5. It just happens to be George Rico’s most popular seller. And while the price is around $5, it can be had for as little as $3.
The cigar is beautiful. Really. A deep rich oily dark coffee bean brown wrapper that feels silky smooth. In the sunlight, a reddish tinge can be viewed…or also called Colorado. The triple cap, quite extraordinary for such an inexpensive cigar, is applied perfectly. The cap has a flat appearance. Mimicking the look of Padron. The cigar has only one vein. A big one, but just one. Seams are extremely tight.
The red cigar band looks like a billboard on this small cigar. It comes close to looking like a generic band.
This little fire plug is heavy in the hand meaning it jam packed with tobacco. And not a single soft spot anywhere. For such an inexpensive cigar, a lot of time and effort has been put into producing it.
I clip the cap and find aromas of cocoa, some barnyard, sweetness, earthiness, and a tart citrus note. There are small notes of cedar and leather.
I want to thank John Starr for being so generous and kind to me by sending me some sticks. This stick has a lot of humidor time in John’s home and over a month in mine.
The cigar is a regular production cigar that has been on the market since 2003. It is also the strongest cigar in their lineup.
Time to light up.
This is how a good cigar should start every single time. Loads of flavors with the prick tease of more to come. I have to be honest. This is the first time, I believe, I’ve smoked this cigar. As the brain fades from age, it becomes more difficult to remember.
3/8’ in, the cigar actually becomes complex. Manny Mota!
The nuttiness is very strong. Stronger than the spiciness.
The strength is right a medium body. The char line is dead nuts perfect. All this from a $3-$4 cigar. Lawdy, Lawdy, Lawdy.
Strength begins to surge at the 1” mark. The chocolate and espresso are working overtime. Strangely, the spice is quite evident but not as strong as I’d like it to be. The cigar has an all or nothing quality.
The sun is trying to show itself. I so want to show you what an oily wrapper this is.
I think rating in thirds on a Rothschild is sort of useless; so instead, I will do the cigar in halves.
I’m not a big fan of this size. Just hard to handle.
The flavors make a huge surge just past the 1” mark and creaminess shows up forcing me to grab a Diet Coke so I can enjoy my beloved NYC egg cream experience.
The chocolate is dripping like goo. Speaking of which, my MRSA infection is doing just fine now. Almost completely healed. Can I get a “YUCK!”
I’m also not a big fan of Gran Habano. I have reviewed the Gran Habano Robolo Corojo #5 from BestCigarPrices.com and the only difference between them is ½” in length and the ring gauge, Gran Habano Gran Reserva #5 2010, Gran Habano Gran Reserva #3 2008, Gran Habano STK Zulu Zulu Habano, and the Gran Habano STK Barracuda.
I’m really enjoying this stick. And I’m sure it needed every bit of the 6 months, or so, to get here. I find Gran Habano to still be in the old school style; except for some of the newer blends as listed above.
I would love to get more of these but in a corona or a robusto. And Cbid has plenty. I take that back. Last night there were plenty. This morning all they have is the Gran Robusto which is really a Toro and in boxes and singles. Drat. It’s OK. I’m a patient man and my social security check is on its way.
I reserved some boxes from Andrew at Small Batch Cigar that I’ve never reviewed. I look forward to that.
The ash is hanging tough on the Gran Habano Corojo #5. It is 1-1/4” long with no sign of its demise. Watch, the klutz in me will knock it off accidentally. And it is still a perfect burn line.
Here are the flavors: Creaminess, cocoa, café latte, nuts, sweetness, a smooth and rich custard element, candied lemon peel, leather, cedar, and dark fruit.
The cigar is a full-fledged flavor bomb. All of the flavors are pumping away like a $5,000 hooker.
I checked CI and there are 9 sizes for this cigar. I won’t list them because you are probably about to nod off anyway so why push it?
This is a great stick. And like other inexpensive cigars have surprised me, this one astonishes me. Unfortunately, it took a long time to get to the blender’s intent. I forget that while I’ve had the cigar in my possession for a month or two, John Starr had it in his humidor for 3 times that amount.
The battle with the wife and the budget. I find it difficult to stick to my convictions. Because I am a big mouth and say what’s on my mind, I am an outsider and don’t have the large laundry list of manufacturers wanting to send me sticks. It is the price I must pay. So I buy 90% of the cigars I review.
Trying to be an ombudsman for my readers; and being totally honest without the concern I might outrage the manufacturer, is a tough job and sometimes I wish that I played it straight and narrow. No wise cracks. No well-deserved criticisms. A few years ago, I had 5 times the sponsors that I do now. Manufacturers just don’t like reading that their cigar stinks.
There are two guys that are real burrs in my saddle. And they PR for what seems to be half the cigars on the planet. They are both assholes and they make sure that no matter the brand, I don’t get samples.
Living on a fixed income is tough. And at the beginning of each month, I buy more cigars than my lovely wife thinks necessary. So being able to let cigars rest for 6 months, or longer, is impossible. I’m lucky if I can get two months out of them.
What looks like a tear in the wrapper near the cap is nothing more than a couple big veins overlapping each other. The construction of this cigar is flawless. No wrapper issues whatsoever.
There is a huge plus to a big ring cigar. You can put it down for a few minutes and it will still be lit when you come back to it.
The Gran Habano Corojo #5 is an exemplary cigar proving that price does not guarantee quality. It proves that a centered owner can produce wonderful cigars that everyone can afford. I tip my hat to George Rico.
A cinnamon element shows up. And that dark fruit is some sort of berry. The custard becomes butterscotch.
The cigar’s strength is just a tad over medium body…still.
But now some nicotine has kicked in.
So far, this is a perfect cigar for both experienced palates and newbies.
As I peruse the CI page with these cigars on it, I realize that all of the cigars come in big sizes except for a robusto and a lancero. A couple of the cigars have ring gauges of 66 and 70. Way too big to fit in my tiny mouth.
With 9 sizes, I am totally surprised that Rico didn’t produce a petite corona or a corona.
The complexity keeps on chooglin’. Never letting up. The flavor profile continues to amaze. The construction warrants no criticisms.
There is only one other cigar in this price category that matches the quality of the Gran Habano Corojo #5: La Aurora Escogidos Natural. An event cigar and a hand out at the Gran Habano factory that can only be had from Famous Smoke.
The cigar finishes like a champ. The strength has moved to medium/full. I expect that the long humidor time it received mellowed the cigar some; and hence, it is no longer a full bodied cigar.
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