Gran Habano La Conquista
Size: 6 x 54
Vitola: Toro Extra
Filler: Colombia, Costa Rica & Nicaragua
Factory: G.R. Tabacaleras Unidas S.A.
Cigars smoked for review: 1
Cigars for review provided by: A BOTL
Quick Note: For this review I used Cigar Federation's rating system
Prelight: The wrapper of the La Conquista has a strong spice note up front, sort of a sweet and spicy red pepper, with brown sugar and musty hay notes in the background. Visually, there is a slight tooth and a light oil sheen to this mocha brown wrapper. The cold draw has an airy note of cedar and barnyard flavors.
Beginning: The first third starts with notes of cedar, green bell pepper, and some black pepper spice. The retrohale adds a nice orange citrus note to the smooth flavors of the draw. Smoke production is very thick & white on the draw, but very light at the foot while resting. The burn is razor sharp, the draw is spot on, and the strength is just on the mild side of being medium.
Middle: The second third changes up a bit. Notes of earth, leather, and licorice take over. This third also becomes noticeably more creamy. The retro hale loses the orange note and a more vegetal note comes into play. The burn becomes just a little wavy, but it doesn’t affect anything and burns without assistance.
End: The final third of the La Conquista has a creamy profile of cedar, vegetals, and yeasty note. This is how the cigar smokes until the end. The burn remained on point, with a tight ash (only three ashes), and the strength stayed right at medium.
Final Thoughts: Good cigar, great construction, but honestly I wouldn’t purchase any on my own. I wouldn’t turn one down though.
Rating: 83 AKA "If I Had Them"