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Cigar Review: Gran Habano S.T.K. Black Dahlia

Toar Campbell

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Gran Habano S.T.K. Black Dahlia




The Rico family is known for producing great tasting cigars that punch above their weight.

The family has farms many parts of South and Central America allowing them to produce interesting boutique style blends.

The Gran Habano Black Dahlia STK features a Corojo shade-grown wrapper from Nicaragua and a double binder of Habano and Nicaraguan leaves.

The filler consists of Nicaraguan Cubita, Habano, Costa Rican, and Colombia tobaccos.




Black Dahlia flowers are often associated with various meanings that may range from messages of enduring grace to signals of warning.

They symbolize elegance, inner strength, creativity, change, and dignity.

They are also known to represent one who stands strong in his or her sacred values.




Gran Habano Black Dahlia STK Sizes

  • Robusto: 5 x 52
  • Gran Robusto: 6 x 54
  • Corona Gorda: 5 5/8 x 46 





The Corojo shade-grown wrapper is walnut shell in color with heavy tooth and vein with visible seam.

At 5 x 52 it’s rolled standard Robusto format with a wide open circular foot and a triple rounded cap.

One band sits on the vitola, colored in white, black, gold and pink.

Along the sides reads “BLACK DAHLIA” in gold font on a white background.

On the top of the motif reads the initials “STK” representing George Rico’s Stay True Kid.

The artwork reminds me of a head dress worn at a Carnival in Rio de Janeiro parade.

Pre-light aroma had notes of woody cedar, nuts and floral.

The cold draw produced flavors of light chocolate, roasted malt and leather.







An aroma of rich cedar off the toasted foot, immediately followed by flavors of bitter leather and cedar char.

When the blend settles in the Black Dahlia is producing light flavors of creamy leather, roasted nuts and floral.

The background flavor is predominantly nutty with almonds and marzipan adding a sweetness to the blend.

The spicy element is void of any identifiable pepper however, the vitola is producing a distinct leather bite at the level of MED.

The retro-hale is producing mild white pepper through the nose with a finish of light milk chocolate.




In the second half creamy leather, roasted nuts and floral with an appearance of coffee are up front and on point.

Roasted almonds and marzipan are producing an oily sweetness in the background profile.

The leather bite that appeared at first light has diminished but the distinct flavors of the cigar are keeping the Black Dahlia consistent at MED bodied.

The retro-hale hasn’t budged on strength with light white pepper evolving into flavors of light chocolate and coffee grounds.




Heading into the final third core flavors of creamy leather, roasted nuts, floral and light coffee are up front and on point which has been consistent since first light.

The background profile is blending in with the aforementioned core flavors, almonds and marzipan continue with an oily sweetness.

A mild leather bite has re-appeared in the final duration without any disruption of the MED bodied flavors.

A slight increase in white pepper on the retro-hale with a consistent finish of light chocolate and coffee.




• CONSTRUCTION: The wrapper was loaded with tooth and vein with zero construction issues noted on the vitola with no cracks, blemishes or palpable soft spots.


• BURN: A consistent smolder of all three components of wrapper, binder and filler produced a sharp burn throughout. A thick circular carbon line was visible on the light shade Corojo wrapper.


• ASH: At first light the vitola produced a few fissures or runners that self corrected by cruise control. The light grey ash was thick holding two inches-plus tapping off with little effort.


• CUT: A large v-cut was used in all three examples smoked for review.


• DRAW: Slightly more resistance than milkshake was noted on all examples with more than adequate smoke output.




• FIRE: JetLine triple flame torch.


• STRENGTH: Straight MED bodied wheelhouse.




What the Black Dahlia lacked in strength it more than made up for in flavor.

Core flavors of creamy leather, roasted nuts, coffee and floral appeared at first light and remained consistent and identifiable throughout the entire smoking duration.

The only identifiable spice was in the form of a mild leather bite, however the consistent flavors of the Black Dahlia kept the cigar at straight MED bodied.





Cigar reviewed: Gran Habano STK Black Dahlia Robusto

Cigars for review: Purchased (5 Pack)

Cigars smoke for review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 85

Size: 5 x 52 (Robusto)

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo shade-grown

Binder: Nicaraguan Habano

Filler: Colombia, Nicaragua Cubita-Habano, Costa Rica

Country of origin: Honduras

Factory: GR Tabaqueras Unidas

Production: Standard Production

News source: Gran Habano

Photos by: Cigar Smoke


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