Review of Gran Habano Gran Reserva 2010 Cigar
By: Gary Manelski
Gran Habano Gran Reserva #5 2010 cigars are made entirely with vintage Nicaraguan tobaccos. The fillers and corojo wrappers used to make these cigars were aged for eight years, and the binder for seven years. The cigars are available in several sizes, but the the Robusto (5 x 54) that I sampled is not available online. For comparison, an available Gran Robusto size (6 x 54) that is actually a Toro was priced at $32 per 5-pack (average of $6.40 per stick) at the time of this review.
The cigar was medium-to-full bodied and had a subdued peppery flavor that became less noticeable after the first few minutes. Beyond that point, the cigar had a pleasant natural tobacco flavor with a hint of spice, becoming more smooth and mellow as the smoke progressed. Not too complex, but still very enjoyable and never bitter nor harsh. It took me 50 minutes to smoke the cigar down to about 1½ inches remaining, all the way down to the non-bitter end. During that time, no relights nor touch-ups were needed, as the cigar had an even burn, held a long ash, and delivered a great draw. The Gran Reserva #5 that I sampled was a very well constructed cigar made with quality aged tobaccos. I rate it with a very strong 4 points on a 5-point scale.