After discontinuing two lines in September 2010, Gran Habano has released a new cigar – the Gran Reserva #3.
From the press release sent out about the new cigars:
Composition of the Gran Reserva #3 consists of an 8 year old wrapper and a 7 year old binder from our Nicaraguan farm “La Santa Cruz”. The filler is a mixture of 7 year old Nicaraguan from “La Santa Cruz” and 8 year old Columbian from our “La Joya del Valle” farm. The cigars were rolled in early 2008 and have been aging for the previous two years making the overall components about a decade old.
Because of the limited amount of aged tobacco, only 1,200 boxes of each vitola are to be produced, with each box containing 20 cigars.
In the release, George A. Rico explained that the “being able to age the leaf and rolled cigars for such a long period of time has created a very rich, smooth, yet complex smoke.”
The Churchill is a 7″ x 50 ring gauge cigar, the longest of the three vitolas but also has the smallest ring gauge. It’s joined by a 6 1/8″ x 52 Pyramid and a 6″ x 54 ring gauge Gran Robusto.
The pre-light aroma was fairly mild but smelled good with some mild grape notes, reminiscent of white wine.
Cold draw was very easy, again with mild notes of white wine but with a touch of white pepper as well.
Once the cigar gets lit and burning, it pops with a fairly big hit of pepper – something that wasn’t expected given the look or aroma of the cigar. It lets up a little bit after the first inch, but it remained present well into the second third of the cigar.
The cigar maintains its flavor profile until it enters the final third, where it rounds out a bit while still maintaining a medium-full body. The cigar didn’t seem to present many distinct flavors, although further samples will reveal if its flavor changes are just on the subtle side. Call it a robust tobacco flavor, with some charred wood and earth. It seems to pair well with a good cup of coffee, or a hearty scotch or whiskey.
The ash drops off fairly easily on this one, and ash blowout seems to be a problem as well. It burned fairly well with the exception of one spot where it shovelled a bit, and had no problem maintaining a good draw or burn.
Price for this stick was $6.75 at Cigar King in Scottsdale, AZ, before state and local taxes, which would have added about $0.75 all together. All things considered it’s strong on value, offering over two hours of cigar time with good flavors and no harshness. For fans of medium to full bodied cigars, it’s worth a try.
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