4/3/18

Gran Habano La Conquista in Robusto - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

"Gran Habano introduces its La Conquista line of cigars, a beautifully blended cigar that will treat the smoker’s palate to a spicy, peppery, and long leathery finished delicacy. From the novice to most sophisticated smoker, La Conquista’s refinement is certain to romance and captivate the senses." - co. website

"Additionally, the company will be releasing La Conquista, a full-bodied cigar that uses a Nicaraguan wrapper and binder along with filler from Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Columbia, which also is being manufactured in Honduras. The profile is described as spicy and peppery with a long, leathery finish, and packaging that the company calls traditional and very different from other Gran Habano products. Sizes, pricing and a formal release date are still being finalized" - Halfwheel (2015)

Now 'tis me go:

Bright and brawny notes with overtones of a piquant/sour tendency. Well-back, or, under-undertones are a savory sweetness. Only trace bitterness and salt nods. Not balanced, therefore, but pleasant. Complex in doses with nice nuance in the primary notes. Humsoever, not overly depthful. Medium-Full flavors, robustly.
  • Pepper (white & black w/ cayenne kicker)
  • Wood (cedar [must be the sleeve] and oak)
  • Spices (clove, cardamom, nutmeg)
  • cocoa butter
  • Leather
  • Citrus (lemon zest/orange pith)
  • Nuts (pine)
  • Earth (dirt)
  • Hay
Smooth with a nice tingle which remains pleasant. Heavy like a light on his feet cruiserweight. Quite rich, soft -- like a protected heavyweight. Finish is a lengthy sour/sweet thing with peppery complexities. Ends cleanly although with a slight mineral lilt. Smoke warms in 3/3 but not egregiously-so. Medium-Full bodied. Does border on some bite in 3/3 and doth too set a'tingle my lips.

Strength is a bit more mellow than I'd imagined. A slight head-swoon. A bit of warmth in chest. Medium till the back-loaded bits touch M.-Full. Then I see the world through a pleasant fisheye lens. Bit of a throat-catch.

Combustion happens (mainly due to me lighting the end and continuing to puff throughout) on a wavy line. There is considerable aeration of the ash throughout, as well. At times threatening to tunnel, but never tunneling. Said inch grows easy to a solid inch and, really, I roll it off in thirds. The pace quickens here and there. Too, there is an occasional blistering at the char-line.

I do (did?) notice some soft spots hither and thither and they seem to accompany the more aerated chunks of ash. Construction is nice in that there are nigh invisible seams and a very smooth draw of medium tension.

WRAPPER: Nicaraguan Corojo
BINDER: Nicaraguan Corojo
FILLER: Nicaragua & Costa Rica and Colombia

STRENGTH: Medium-Full
FORMAT: Robusto
ORIGIN: Honduras

FINAL GRADE: B
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

Gran Habano is a sponsor of mine. That did not influence this review.

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