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Cigar Review: Gran Habano Blue In Green

Toar Campbell

Toar Campbell

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Gran Habano Blue In Green

 

 

 

George Rico’s Gran Habano has a new cigar available at tobacconists called Blue in Green.

The new smoke, which the company says is medium bodied, debuted at the 2018 IPCPR trade show last summer in Las Vegas NV. 

Made at the Rico’s G.R. Tabacaleras Unidas, S.A. in Honduras, Blue in Green has a Connecticut-grown wrapper over binder and filler tobacco from Nicaragua. 

G.R. Tabacaleras Co. was founded in Danlí, Honduras, in 1998 by George Rico’s father Guillermo. In 2003, the father-son team launched the Gran Habano brand. George Rico was unavailable for comment.

 

 

 

Packaging for Gran Habano Blue In Green, Available in 20 count boxes.

 

 

 

Available Sizes: 

  • Churchill: 7 x 48
  • Robusto: 5 x 52
  • Gran Robusto: 6 x 52

 

 

 

  • APPEARANCE

 

The Connecticut shade wrapper is peanut in color with heavy tooth, vein and minimal seam.

At 6 x 52 it’s rolled in the Gran Robusto format with a wide open foot and a triple rounded cap.

The primary band is cobalt blue in color with “Gran Habano” and “Blue In Green” in royal gold font with matching gold trim.

A long cedar sleeve covers more than half of the vitola with “Blue In Green” in blue royal font.

Each end has gold silk bands on both sides of the cedar sleeve.

Pre-light aroma had notes of floral, dank earth and wet wood mustiness.

The cold draw produced flavors of leather, clove and raw walnuts.

 

 

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT 

 

A heavy aroma of cedar off the toasted foot with Initial flavors of leather and cedar char.

The blend settles in quickly with flavors of rich cedar, whipped butter and cinnamon.

A mild background sweetness of lightly charred marshmallows and peppered hazelnut.

A mild sting of white pepper on the retro-hale with a caramel finish.

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

 

In the second half the core flavors of whipped butter, cinnamon and cedar with an appearance of salted cashews are up front and on point.

Background flavors of creamy leather and peppered hazelnut.

Thus far the Gran Habano Blue In Green is in the MILD to MED bodied wheelhouse.

The retro-hale is producing clean white pepper through the nose with a finish of charred caramel.

 

  • FINAL THIRD

 

Heading into the final third the flavors remain toasty in nature and on the lighter side of the spectrum.

Creamy leather, buttered wheat toast and salted cashews have dominated the flavor profile.

Background flavors of oak and earth with a mild bite of peppered hazelnut balance in with the aforementioned flavors.

The retro remains consistent throughout with clean white pepper with a long finish of toffee and caramel.

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

 

• CONSTRUCTION: Smooth like silk the Connecticut Shade wrapper had a few soft spots with heavy vein. For the wrapper type it had solid construction with no cracks or blemishes.

 

• BURN: Adequate combustion on all three components of wrapper, binder and filler with a thick burn and circular carbon line standing out on the lighter shade wrapper.

 

• ASH: The salt and pepper color ash held an inch plus and tapped off with ease.

 

• CUT: V-Cut all three examples smoked for review.

 

• DRAW: Wide open draw with minimal to zero resistance producing copious amounts of thick and creamy white plumes of smoke.

 

• RE-LIGHTS: Zero re-lights required during active smoking.

 

• FIRE: Long cedar matches enhanced the woody profile of the of the cigar.

 

• STRENGTH: On the lighter side of the spectrum the GH Blue In Green was in the MILD-MED bodied wheelhouse with a myriad of FULL and easily identifiable flavors.

 

  • CONCLUSION

 

One of the more “Tame” offerings from Gran Habano the vitola held its own with a plethora of morning breakfast flavors.

Peppered hazelnut with a retro-hale of white pepper kept the cigar at MED bodied and balanced.

Personally I prefer full bodied cigars, however the unique flavor profile kept me interested and engaged from first light to final third.

Assessment is now complete I’m going to burn through the box and pair with morning coffee.  

 

 

 

 


Cigar reviewed: Gran Habano Blue In Green Gran Robusto

Cigars for review: Purchased

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 87

Size: 6 x 52 (Robusto) According to the box. An earlier press release from GH made no mention of a 6 x 52 Robusto only a 6 x 54 Gran Robusto. 

Wrapper: Connecticut Shade Grown

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Country of origin: Honduras

Factory: G.R. Tabacaleras Unidas, S.A.

News source: Gran Habano press release, Cigar Aficionado

Photos by: Cigar Smoke

 

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