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Gran Habano 3 Siglos

Submitted by Rob on January 9, 2009 – 2:54 pm5 Comments

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo Shade Grown
Filler: Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Colombia Ligero
Size: Robusto (5×52)
Strength: Medium

Gran Habano 3 SiglosGran Habano 3 Siglos is made from three different ligero from three different countries, hence the name: 3 Siglos.

Gran Habano 3 Siglos is created by the GR Tabacaleras Unidas cigar company. The website for the company says the growing process beings on “company-owned farms in Colombia, Panama, Nicaragua and Costa Rica” and use only the “best raw material on earth“.

It was a nice evening outside and is only deserving of the “best raw material on earth” so we decided to give the Gran Habano 3 Siglos a shot. It was a steal for the best on earth: just over $6.

Construction: 3 Siglos comes in a reddish brown wrapper that was well constructed. You will most likely find a major vein or two running through the entire stick. I am unsure if this is what is effecting the wrapper during the burn process – but something is causing issues. The slightly sheen wrapper passes the pinch test with ease.

Draw: Gran Habano 3 Siglos did something right – This cigar has a good draw that might be a bit airy. It doesn’t take much effort to pull some very serious, very thick smoke through the cigar. Feel free to cut, punch, or V cut the 3 Siglos cigar.

Burn: Jeez – The Gran Habano 3 Siglos burn was really inconsistent. Some sticks, luckily, were able to burn pretty straight. However the majority of my box has burned anywhere from crooked to horrible and needing many, many corrections by the good ole torch. The flaky ash on the Gran Habano was very dark even containing black streaks. So my final say is this: The Gran Habano 3 Siglos has an inconsistent bad burn.

Taste: 3 Siglos is pretty consistent with the taste through the entire cigar. The beginning of the cigar had a toasty profile that would finish with a bit of spice. Something else is lingering in the background that I cant put my finger on – perhaps a hint of earthiness.

The middle of the stick is a role reversal on the pallet. The pepper comes to the forefront and the toasty flavor starts to fade away. That mystery flavor I was picking up has turned into a slight nutty-woodish type of flavor that makes the cigar well balanced.

Pepper profiles are getting stronger at the end of the cigar as the body slightly deepens. The over all taste (pepper-woodish-nutty) stays pretty consistent and if it wasn’t for the increase of the body – I would say the cigar was flat and lacking any sort of complexity.

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Verdict Is: The Gran Habano 3 Siglos is not a bad smoke. I would smoke this cigar again if one was given to me, but that’s where it really ends. 3 Siglos sits in the $6 range and there are some great cigars that 3 Siglos can not compete with. I hate always having to keep a lighter on me to correct a burn and the complexity wasn’t there to justify the work. You should still try the cigar if you haven’t had one because I can see some people liking the subtle flavors and looking past the bad burn.

Other Cigars: For a cigar that is in the $6.xx range you can choose from lots of other cigars to try: Partagas Black, J Fuego’s sticks, Cubao … and the list goes on and on.

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  • doc8466 says:

    I just tried one of these the other day. I love Costa Rican maduro wrapped cigars, and I think Columbia is represented in one or two of the Gurkha sticks that feature the CRM wrapper. With that, I had high expectations for this stick. Unfortunately, it was good, but not great. I’ll smoke the next one in another month or two to compare, and I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed.
    Thanks for the review!

  • Cigar Boss says:

    Thanks for your input doc8466. You are right on by saying it is good – but not great.

    • cigaryooper says:

      I have been smoking these for about 3 months. Cigars Intl has them at $60.00 for the torpedos. This equates to $3.00 a stick. At this price, I think they are pretty good. The torpedo size has a 56 ring. Just my 2 cents worth……

  • SmokeontheWater says:

    Thanks for the review! I almost wasted $40 on a box of these at CI.

  • Jay R says:

    At $60 for a bundle of 20, this is one of my regular smokes. I agree with most of the comments, especially the burn issues, but I think this is mostly true of the torpedo, which I have to touch up several times. I prefer straight shapes, and my choice is the Gran Robusto (6.0″ x 54), a lot of pretty good smoke for three bucks, and a better burn. I am guessing that it takes a highly skilled roller to make a figurado that burns straight. I rather like the flavor profile (spice, wood, leather), which starts out medium full and increases as you smoke.