The Gran Habano line is a newer brand that opened in 2007, and is produced in a small Honduran factory under the careful scrutiny of father and son team Guillermo and George Rico. They epitomize small time boutique, but their blends—which include the Blue Label and 92-rated 3 Siglos lines as well as Gran Habano—are always right on the money. The Gran Habano ‘VL’ Maduro Belicoso is no exception. This handmade is expertly crafted by George Rico and features an enticing blend of long-fillers from Honduras and Nicaragua, a zesty Nicaraguan binder, and a dark, oily, and uber-rich Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro wrapper. Together, this mild to medium bodied smoke leads to flavors of oak, leather, earth, and hints of sweet cream. A perfect after dinner cigar, try it with a Malbec.
Honduras has been a tobacco growing and cigar manufacturing area for hundreds of years, but it was the Communist revolution in Cuba that really put Honduras on the map. In the 1960s, many Cuban cigar makers fled their homeland and arrived in Honduras to re-establish their way of life. The immigrants took advantage of the climate, soil, and geography, which were well-suited to tobacco growing, and began producing high quality cigars. The center of the Honduran cigar industry is the city of Danli and the nearby Jamastran Valley. The majority of the world’s pure Corojo tobacco is grown here, now that Cuba has stopped production of this iconic, spicy, and rich variety in favor of Corojo hybrids. Other important areas of Honduran cigar production include the Talanga Valley, Copan, and Trojes.
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