Rob and I had a chance to chat with George Rico of Gran Habano about their new Corojo #5 Maduro, and the 2011 Gran Reserva. He also gives us a sneak peak at the new Gran Habano 2016 release which is a Nicaraguan puro.
The Corojo No. 5 Maduro Limitado 2011 uses a hybrid Corojo / San Andres wrapper grown in Nicaragua. Sold in 20 count boxes, available in three vitolas:
Robusto (5x52), Gran Robusto (6x54), Imperiales (6x60), CZAR (6x66), Triumph (7-1/2x58), and the Grandioso (7x70).
Check out our interview with George here:
Check out my video review here:
The nose on the Gran Habano Corojo No. 5 Maduro Limitado 2011 is rich earthy leather with some sweetness and cedar. There’s a touch of barnyard in the foot.
I used a single v-cut and found the draw a little bit on the tight side.
Initial first third flavor impressions is a lot of nuttiness with some spices and pepper on the post draw. More nuttiness and spices on the retrohale. There’s some creaminess I pick up that mixes in with the nuttiness and plays off against the spices. As the first third progresses the flavors start to come into balance at a medium strength level. At the thirty minute mark I start to get some rich cocoa but it’s in the background due to the other prominent flavors, but ramps up quickly. About 10 minutes later some vegetal comes through as the cigar transitions to the middle third.
In the middle third spices pick up to a medium plus strength with a pepper chaser. As the middle third progresses I taste a rich spice and chocolate combination. Some cedar starts to come in post draw displacing the chocolate a bit.
In the final third the cedar and chocolate go back and forth in the draws.
I was a big fan of the original Gran Habano Corojo No. 5, the new Maduro Limitado 2011 takes the flavor complexity to a whole new level.
This cigar is going to find a permanent home in my humidor, and will be taken in my traveldor to local herfs.
This is a cigar that absolutely calls to be paired with rum, rich ales or root beer.