"This cigar was the tale of two cigars. If you are a smoker that only keeps the smoke on your palate, you would classify this cigar as one dimensional. Blowing some of the smoke out of your nose bring a delightful pine needle effervescent that makes this a well rounded cigar. I had to take points away do to the burn issues but overall it would be a good cigar that would be enjoyed by most people and would make a good everyday cigar." -Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)
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"A great mild medium two hour smoke when you have the time to sit back and enjoy a near masterpiece. I wish there was a bit more transitions at the halfway point, however the first and last third really shined and kept my attention to its various rich flavors. I would probably put money down on a box with a great blend like this to see how it progresses over tome for sure!" -John A. (Bostoneo)
"I really felt like I was smoking a robusto or a more substantial cigar than the lancero. It was flavor packed and full bodied for me. The strength of the cigar can creep up on you going into the last third. This is a meaty cigar with a nice dash of pepper and mix of red meat and leather combining nicely with the dark roast coffee notes. I would definitely smoke this after a nice substantial dinner and a nice deep bourbon would pair nicely." -Diana (ArmyRN)
Miami, Florida, May 10, 2017 – Gran Habano announces the release of S.T.K. Black Dahlia by George Rico, the latest from its boutique S.T.K. series, joining G.A.R. Opium, S.T.K. Barracuda, S.T.K. Zulu Zulu and S.T.K. American Puro.
Miami, Florida, June 29, 2016 – Gran Habano announces the release of the Persian King Maduro, its addition to the very popular Persian King line. The Persian King Maduro is an unbanded Persian King, a complex cigar with a full flavor profile and a creamy smooth finish. This unique blend of Nicaraguan fillers, a Nicaraguan binder foot, and a Nicaraguan sun-grown Maduro wrapper is available in both the 6 x 50 Rajah and 6 x 60 Tiger.
George Rico and Gran Habano announced a line extension to their Persian King cigar. The original Persian King with Connecticut wrapper has been around since 2009. The maduro version was included in 2016. Both are unbanded. La Contra uses a Nicaraguan wrapper in choice of Natural or Maduro and comes in two vitolas: 6 x 50 Rajah or 6 x 60 Tiger.
The 2012 Gran Reserva follows the 2010 and 2011 releases in previous years. These have always scored well in our blind reviews. George Rico says that these cigars are made using the top 10% best leaf from the yearly crop and then aged for seven to eight years before the cigar is rolled. After rolled, the Gran Reservas are then aged for four to six years more years before sold.
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“This was a great smoking cigar. The variance and complexity of flavors offered were amazingly tasty and made it hard to not just want to hotbox this thing because it was THAT good. That being said, I’ll defiantly recommend this cigar to any smoker as it is a mild to medium stick with uddles of semi sweet flavors. I need a box… stat. ” –John A. (Bostoneo)
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“It was a nice stogie. Enjoyed smoking it. First couple of puffs had me a little concerned, but after that it was all good. This is one I’d smoke again. Looking forward to seeing what it is!” –Robert (NavyPiper)