Blind Cigar Review: Gran Habano | Azteca El Jaguar

Vital Stats

Vitola: 
Length: 6″
Ring Gauge: 54
Country of Origin: 
Wrapper: Mexican San Andreas
Binder: Mexican San Andreas
Filler: , 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)

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. All of our cigars reviewed are shipped to the panelists with Boveda packs to ensure optimal smoking experience.

Blind Cigar Review: Gran Habano | Azteca El Jaguar

Initial Impressions

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)

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Summary
"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)
88
Good