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My Weekend Cigar: Jan. 29, 2018 – Gran Habano #5 Corojo Gran Robusto
MY WEEKEND CIGAR: Gran Habano #5 Corojo Cigar Review
By Gary Korb
Why I Hope This Cigar Never Becomes a Closeout
I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that just about every passionate cigar smoker has a short list of cigars they almost couldn’t live without. For me, one of them is the Gran Habano #5 Corojo Gran Robusto. I discovered it over 15 years ago, and to this day it never fails to bring the goods.
Country of Origin: Honduras
Size: 6″ x 54
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
Binder: Nicaraguan Corojo
Filler: Nicaraguan, Costa Rican
My Experience: The Corojo wrappers on the Gran Habano #5 Corojo cigars have this brick-hued sheen that always catches my eye, along with a virtually veinless, buttery smooth texture that makes them even more alluring. I chose the Gran Robusto in this line because I prefer Toros, and the 6″ x 54-ring dimensions have always appealed to me. The cigar is well-made with a nice feel to it and a cordial, cedary-leathery pre-light flavor. At the core is a Nicaraguan and Costa Rican long-filler blend with a Nicaraguan Corojo binder. The medium-plus smoke is lusciously smooth and creamy issuing base flavors of earthiness, cedar, and sweet spice. As it winds its way toward the head, hints of roasted nuts, coffee bean and cocoa can also be found swimming upstream.
Suffice it to say . . . Ordinarily, I would suggest that newer cigar smokers start with the milder, Gran Habano #1 Connecticut cigars, but with the #5 Corojo you’ve got a cigar that’s so smooth, so replete with well-balanced flavors, you can dive-in head first. And for the more experienced masses, this is one of the most consistently enjoyable cigars in my rotation, and it sells at a price that contradicts its very upmarket virtues.
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