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12/6/18

Gran Habano Cigars Gran Reserva No. 5 (2012) - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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Gran Habano Gran Reserva No. 5 2012
WRAPPER: Nicaraguan Corojo
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan, Costa Rican

FORMAT: Super Robusto (654)
ORIGIN: G.R. Tabacaleras Unidas, S.A., Honduras.
STRENGTH: Medium

NOTES: Baby-bottom smooth. Billy Dee Williams pitching malt liquor smooth. Cream (w/ java sploosh) & cocoa butter ride high, braced by white pepper sauteed in salted butter. Lilts of lemongrass & sweet tangy berry lay twixt that and undertones of rich yet bright earth. Complexities happen calmly via topnotes trickling thru middlings into (unto) underbelly. Superb draw. Burn wobbles a self-correcting half-tick in 1/3. Finish is thick and cool, sweet w/ just the right bit of twang, long and gently nuanced.

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


"This summer, Gran Habano will add the fifth installment to its Gran Reserva line as the company has announced the Gran Reserva #5 2012. ... As for the name, 2012 references the year that the cigar was made. A representative from Gran Habano told halfwheel that the line is using the best 10% of the tobacco from what is used for the regular production Corojo #5, age it for seven to eight years, and then roll it into cigars. Those finished cigars then age for between three and five years, though this most recent release got a sixth year of rest." - www.Halfwheel.com  (2018)

"The newest cigar piggy sent to market by Gran Habano is a Gran Reserva collection addition. This particular offering has received an extra three (3) years of aging on top of its brethren's usual, which typically see 4-6 years-or-so. Even tho age has mellowed me some, you cock-sucking mother fucker -- it apparently has not had the same effect on this GH, which is billed as a Full offering. Rolled at the G.R. Tabacaleras Unidas S.A. factory in Honduras, the blend employs a Nicaraguan wrapper/binder over Nica & Costa Rican guts. Five (5) sizes shall be available: Corona Gorda, Gran Robusto, Gordo, a probably evil 666, & a 770. They will be packaged in 20ct. boxes, in a production of just over 200K total." - Me (2018)

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