El Rico Habano cigars were one of the first brands to use an all Nicaraguan long-filler and binder, making them a favorite among cigar smokers who crave dark, full-bodied tobacco flavor and aroma at an attractive price.
Box-pressed in a choice of shimmering Ecuadorian Sumatra or Connecticut broadleaf maduro wrappers, both blends offer a muscular, yet perfectly-balanced smoke that has been compared to the best Cuban cigars. The Sumatra are good cigars to buy if you enjoy a spicier flavor profile, while the Connecticut broadleaf offer a richer and slightly sweeter component.
Created for the more experienced cigar smoker by Ernesto Perez-Carrillo – the man behind El Credito and the original La Gloria Cubana cigars – El Rico Habano's use of strong Nicaraguan tobaccos may be a little much for new cigar smokers. That said, their hearty smoke is exceptionally smooth, making them really good cigars for pairing on a full stomach with rich-tasting black coffee, an añejo rum, a long-aged single malt scotch, or a pint of Guinness Stout.
As for the smoke, both wrapper versions begin with a peppery blast that may be a bit overwhelming to some, but shortly thereafter the cigar begins to reveal its true colors consisting of earthy, woody, and leathery base flavors laced with a mixture of sweet spices and notes of dried fruit. The pepper goes through peaks and valleys along the journey, but is always present, making for a marvelously complex cigar that hits on all cylinders, and that includes the aroma which is very distinctive; even if you have a cold you'll smell it.
Once again, El Rico Habano cigars are best enjoyed after a big meal due to their ample nicotine content and bold Nicaraguan tobacco core. Although they are not classified as limited edition cigars, they can be hard to find. For that matter, the El Rico Habano selections sold at Famous Smoke Shop are presented in cedar cigar boxes of 25, making them a good value for smokers who buy cigars online.