Blind Cigar Review: Gran Habano | Azteca El Jaguar

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed.

Vital Stats

Vitola: 
Length: 6″
Ring Gauge: 54
Country of Origin: Honduras
Wrapper: Mexican San Andreas
Binder: Mexican San Andreas
Filler: Nicaragua, Panama
Factory:
Blender:
Age: 4 months after purchase
Number of reviewers: 5 — (bigslowrock), (NavyPiper), (rhetorik), (Sp@rky426), (volpow61)
Price Paid: $5 per stick
Contributed by: Brian (B-daddy)

Initial Impressions

Blind Cigar Review: Gran Habano | Azteca El Jaguar

Appearance/Aroma: 90

“The construction on this stick is very good complete with a beautiful triple cap. There are a few medium visible outer veins, and a few large veins underneath. It feels very well packed and absolutely no soft spots. I’m picking up a lot of sweet smells from the foot, chocolate and caramel.” - (rhetorik)
Blind Cigar Review: Gran Habano | Azteca El Jaguar

Construction/Burn/Draw: 90

“Good construction. with an effortless draw. Slight uneven burn but not a problem.” - (volpow61)

“Excellent Draw from punch cut, terrible ash retention couldn’t hold more than 1/2″(like I was smoking a short filler), light wavy burn, slight tunneling, light sourness first couple puffs.” - (bigslowrock)

First Third:

Blind Cigar Review: Gran Habano | Azteca El Jaguar
Flavor: 87
Strength: mild-medium
Body/Complexity: medium-light

“Light spice with some woody/nuttiness” - (volpow61)

“Hay, cocoa, nut flavors,  astringent bitterness, lost ash after about 3/8″ inch never had that happen.” – (bigslowrock)

“Dominant cedar with a little leather with hints of red pepper. and molasses. Very enjoyable, but not too complex” - (rhetorik)

Second Third:

Blind Cigar Review: Gran Habano | Azteca El Jaguar

Flavor: 87
Strength: medium
Body/Complexity: medium

“Mild woodiness and cedar picked up, but vague.” - (Sp@rky426)

“Still mostly plain tobacco, but again cocoa came in & out, and towards last part of this third, began getting hints of honey.” - (NavyPiper)

Final Third:

Blind Cigar Review: Gran Habano | Azteca El Jaguar

Flavor: 86
Strength: medium-strong
Body/Complexity: medium

“This was definitely the best third of the cigar, I wish the rest had been like this. Along with the cedar I’m getting some caramel and pepper spice. It did get bitter at the nub.” - (rhetorik)

“Spice picks up a little along with sourness mixed with a little sweetness with a bitterness.” - (volpow61)

“Not much complexity, plain tobacco was primary, with some honey and a nuttiness.” - (NavyPiper)

Overall

Smoking Time: 94 minutes
Overall Experience: 87
Overall Strength: medium
Overall Body/Complexity: medium

“Cigar just didn’t seem ready to smoke.  If I had a box of these, I wouldn’t try another for a year.” - (bigslowrock)

“I would put this in the category of a decent value cigar if the price is right. Overall it was pretty enjoyable but one-dimensional, I liked how the strength increased throughout, but it did get quite hot and bitter at the end.” - (rhetorik)

Total Score: 88 (Good)

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