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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Gran Habano Cigars Connecticut #1 in Robusto - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

Advertised as "one cigar that shows a mild smoke does not have to be bland," is this GH CT. Which I suppose is a welcomed departure from the same idea of 'not your grandfather's Connecticut,' or some other iteration of 'CT reinvented.' Always replete with apologies is the offering cloaked in Connie. Oh, well. I remain a fan, myself -- sorry not sorry, unapologetically. I'm sorry but I never apologize. Ever. (I do much prefer Habano.)

Lettuce gander the stick...

Overtones of acidic green sour notes with a dropped back sweetness and twixt lies or perhaps lays a mineral lilting. Bright. Undertones are really not much, so perhaps they are the aforementioned dropped back sweetness. Warms and rounds out some in 3/3, a pinch of salt is added underneath. Pungency is a simple white pepper which gets quite nice as the acidity dials back. Still, not much nuance, less complexity. (Medium flavor height.)
  • Lemonheads candy
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Wood, oak (green)
  • Pepper, white.
  • Sugar
  • Coffee, weak brew
  • Grass/hay
Body is mild-medium with a rather unpleasant acidic/mineral finish of unfortunate lengthy-legs. Smooth on the draw, a tick gruff thereafter and temp is a bit heated, as well. Some bite. Rigid notes delivered into softer ones. Ends with a sharp-tasting hang-over. Strength is mild.

Combustion is a fast-paced thing, burns evenly, and reaches an inch of ash at a time before dropping off. Quite smoky of an out-put both passively/aggressively. The draw is quite open and sometimes a bit empty/hollow, also I already mentioned the warmth of temp. Seems under-stuff insofar as pack density -- other bits of construction show tight seams cap/shoulder holding up excellently.

WRAPPER: Connecticut
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan

STRENGTH: Mild-Medium
FORMAT: Robusto
ORIGIN: Danli, Honduras

FINAL GRADE: B
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