This is my review of the Gran Habano Corojo Vintage 2002 in the Robusto vitola. I ended up picking these up as a bundle of 20 from CigarBid for an absurdly low price. I had heard some positive reviews and I thought for the money I might as well. Worst case scenario I'd be left with some sticks I would be giving out at herfs.
Even though these were very inexpensive cigars I wanted to give them the careful consideration I would give any other cigar I was reviewing. I picked up chocolate with some oak and coffee notes.
The wrapper on these is a dark chocolate color. The wrapper is slightly loose around the cap. The cigar band is gold, green and red with some white lettering and another single band underneath denoting 'Vintage 2002'.
The first few draws were a rick dark chocolate flavor with a creamy mouth-feel. The coffee that was I picking up on the nose is also present here in the background. Overall the cigar settles into the sweet chocolate flavor with some spicy undertones for the first 10 minutes.
At about the halfway point of the first third there's some woodiness that breaks through with a savory aftertaste.
Sweet and creamy to start the second third. There's sort of an oak aftertaste that fades between each draw.
The final third transitions to a leather taste with earthy hints on the exhale.
For such an inexpensive cigar the burn on this was excellent from start to finish. I also had no complaints about the draw at any point. I smoked the Vintage 2002 in a brisk 60 minutes.
I mentioned previously that I picked up a 20 cigar bundle of these for the criminal amount of $33. While I don't expect you to be able to get that deal all the time, you can routinely buy singles for $3, and bundles for $50. At this price point with these flavors there's really no reason not to have some in reserve even for those times where you want to give a new smoker something to try.
The Gran Habano Vintage 2002 isn't going to blow you out of the water with the most complex flavor profile, but I don't think there are many cigars in the market at this price point that taste good enough for you to want to smoke on a daily basis. Whether you're giving these out to new smokers or you just want something light with breakfast, these are a great every day stick that won't break the bank.