Launched not long ago, in 2007, the medium-to-full-bodied Blue Label hails from Danli, Honduras. The maker is Gran Habano, the father-son team of Guillermo and George Rico, guys who are under-the-radar, making reasonably priced and consistently good cigars that are, like them, unpretentious. Their various Gran Habano blends—the 3 Siglos is perhaps the best known—are spectacular, but the lip-smacking Blue Label is perhaps their most interesting. It's a complex cigar that features a hearty, rich, medium to full-bodied flavor profile. This is one for those who favor fuller-flavored blends. With its thick, dark brown, Habano leaf wrapper and carefully applied caps, it's definitely a handsome cigar. Its silky chocolate wrapper (with a tint of red) is leathery to the touch. This one sits heavy in the hand and feels firm from head to toe. The wrapper cloaks a long-filler combo of 5th generation Honduran, Nicaraguan, and Dominican tobaccos. Note your Blue Label is well-packed and firm to the touch. The cigar opens with a rich, oaky sweetness, followed by copious clouds of creamy smoke. There are some unique spices. As it burns it becomes increasingly heady and satisfying, there's a core of crisp tobacco flavor and an interesting vanilla-like flavor that becomes a little nutty towards the end. This is one that gets better as it burns, finishing strong in the final two inches. Look for a spicy cedary aroma—ginger and cinnamon or nutmeg—that's a nice touch. It's light enough that it doesn't overwhelm the flavors but it's assertive enough to make a noticeable and pleasant contribution. Pair this smoke with a good German Pilsner such as EKU Pils, which members of our International Beer Club are receiving this month. If you would like to become more familiar with beers, domestic and/or international, consider joining our Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club at www.beermonthclub.com. Prosit!