Guerra Habano | Cigar Review

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Criollo ’98
Binder: Dominican Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican
Size: 6 x 44 “Corona”
Body: Medium
Price: $5.00 (Single Price)
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Today we take a look at the Guerra Habano.

I believe it may only be sold by the CI Conglomerate. Not sure. Very little info on this cigar.

It comes in four sizes: Corona, Perfecto, Robusto, and Toro.
Prices range from $5.00-$6.50 at the single price. As little as $2.50 by the box.

From Cigar.com:
“Abe Flores of Pinar Del Rio has created a specialty Dominican blend that is a taste of Cuba, and it’s delicious! This handmade has influences of Cuba’s rich history, including a traditional pigtail cap, and packaging that is adorned with Cuba’s first national hero, Hatuey, who led the rebellion against the Conquistadors in 1512. Even though the look of the cigar is Cuban inspired, this handmade hails from a boutique factory in the Dominican Republic. It features a well-aged Criollo ’98 Ecuadorian wrapper, a zesty Dominican Habano binder, and a premium blend of Nicaraguan and Dominican long-fillers. Full to medium-bodied and slow burning, expect flavors of pepper with notes of cedar, sweetness, earth, and spice on the finish.”

This will be a nice break from the expensive boutique brands.

The stick is not just rustic but sort of cockeyed. It is bent a little and has lumps and bumps. Seams are sloppy. Lots of big and small veins. It appears to have only a single cap with that pretty pig tail atop it. The wrapper is oily with a reddish tinge to the light coffee bean color. It is extremely toothy. The double cigar bands are very Cuban-eque.

I hesitantly, and carefully, remove the pig tailed cap (I use the yarmulke, or beanie, cut in which I only remove the wrapper and none of the tobacco below it. I use a cigar scissors for that.)….and find aromas of rich earthiness, sneeze causing spice, potent grapefruit, strong cedar and wood, and a fruity sweetness.
Time to light up.

The draw is good but a little airy. I can feel that the cigar is not jam packed with tobacco and it feels like there are air pockets inside of it.

Immediately, I get a rush of flavors: Fruitiness, red pepper, cream, ginger, cumin, chocolate, and citrus. Also some floral notes.
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The char line goes seriously wavy on me and I fix it. Methinks, this will not be a long smoking experience.

Wood quickly evolves into the dominant flavor element. But that combo of sweetness, cream, and chocolate are pretty nice.

So far, I can’t think of another PDR blend anything like this one.

The spiciness is rip roaring. Pedal to the metal. I like that. But somewhere soon, as in most cigars, spicy interruptus will occur.
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A chocolate covered salty pretzel flavor shows itself and while I don’t usually like saltiness in my cigars, this is very tasty. As long as it is a passing phase.

I’m only 1” into the Guerra Habano and it is turning into an outstanding smoke. Very nice flavors. The funky exterior is not giving me trouble except for that early char line issue.

I bet with a couple months on it, it’s going to be a superb little cigar.

CI has a sale on them right now. All sizes. My Corona is going for $40 for a box of 20. You can’t beat that deal. $2 a stick. LOL! They don’t say when the sale will end but you can probably pay even less on Cbid.

I couldn’t find a single review of this cigar. That’s a shame because, clearly, it is underestimated. This is a very pleasant stick. The adage of you get what you pay for does not apply here. You get way more than you pay for with the Guerra Habano. Kudos to Abe Flores. He snuck one under the table.

Once more, I am forced to point out that some really great little cigars can be had for $5 or less. But snobs, like me, overlook them. But to be fair, most $2 sticks are rubbish. They just aren’t concocted by Abe Flores.

I’d like to know the back story of how these sticks came about and why they are so cheap.

I was wrong about the cigar being a fast burner. I’ve invested 15 minutes in the first 1-1/2”

“Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right.”

It is only 8:30am and the sun is out. Huzzah! It is still cold as all get out. Still 30° below 0 but the sun is out. Now you can see the oils in the wrapper a little better.

A nice touch of caramel arrives. Just a tad. It gives the sweetness a name. No longer the bastard child.

The red pepper is hanging tough. I like that.

I hit an airy spot in the cigar and the draw is a bit difficult. I re-light it and all is well.
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More flavors: Red pepper, creaminess, caramel, ginger, cedar, citrus, wood, and some gorgeous floral notes. I can almost smell the lilac. The saltiness is gone.

If I had the dough, which of course I do not; I’d snag a box of these Coronas for $40 on CI. This is a nice cigar to have in rotation.

I’ve never been a big PDR fan for one reason: They never get as complex as I’d like them to. Plus, they are old school in terms of requiring a lot of humidor time. This is fine if you are bucks up and can just store them and forget about them. But I have to pick and choose cigars that I know will be ready to smoke in just 2-3 weeks. Otherwise, I have nothing to feed my habit.

The second third begins.

The cigar goes out. But lighting it up once again sends a rush of flavors to my palate.

I don’t think I would consider the Guerra Habano a flavor bomb. But is has enough oomph for my liking. I would definitely recommend this cigar. And I do so knowing it has its flaws typical of an inexpensive cigar. Hell, if you don’t like them; you can use them as a chamois to clean your car.

The price point. I believe I’ve made my point.

The sun is now so bright I must don my baseball cap.
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I am at the halfway point.
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The creaminess, in conjunction with the caramel, is bloody delicious.

What a nice cigar. I would put it at a serious notch above a golf or knock around cigar.

The strength has been medium body all the way through.
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Smoke is just pouring from the foot.

I just took a phone call, while smoking, about a job Charlotte had applied for. They called back within 12 hours. She responded to their ad last night via email. They really seem to want her. She called them back after I woke her up. (She stays up late.) And they want to see her this morning. This could be the answer to our prayers.

As a result, I smoked the cigar down to the start of the last third.

I love this cigar. The price is ridiculous. Loads of flavor. Nice easy going smooth medium body. No nicotine. Nice balance. Very long finish. But this is not a complex cigar. It is the perfect cigar for enjoying any time of the day. No need for food in the belly before lighting up. It’s an ugly duckling and has a few issues but nothing that would keep me from buying a box.
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