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Gran Habano Gran Reserva #3

Submitted by Cliff on January 4, 2011 – 7:00 am3 Comments

Gran Habano Gran Reserva

Pryamid 6 1/8 X 52

MSRP $7.10

Wrapper – 8 year old Nicaraguan

Binder – 7 year old Nicaraguan

Filler – 7 year old Nicaraguan and Columbian

In October Gran Habano officially announced the latest release from George Rico, the Gran Reserva #3 is a cigar rolled in early 2008 that has been aging for the previous two years making the overall components about a decade old. The Gran Reserva is a sure fire replacement for the Habano #3 blend, a line that is rumored to soon be discontinued.  Being a fan of Gran Habano, especially the corojo #5 and the GAR Lines, I was very excited to jump in and try this cigar.

Appearance: The over presentation on the Gran Reserva is spot on.  Everything from the box to the band had me from the get go.  The cigars are wrapped in cedar with gold trim accented with a diamond cut yellowish tan and dark brown band.  The box is a very classy, very simple and brown and tan in color. The wrapper leaf is an oily dark brown with little to no visible veins.

Burn/Construction: The Gran Reserva lit right up with little effort.  The burn was sharp and did not need much attention.  The ash on the Gran Reserva was sturdy and charcoal in color.  In the hand, the Gran Reserva had a very nice weight to it, never soft, and never hot.  It perfomed very well.

Flavor: The Gran Reserva starts out clean and smooth right from the gate.  It has a blast of spice on the palett with hints of rich carmel.  The cigar produced loads of thick smoke.  The cigar was a solid medium bodied throughout with definite signs of aging.  The flavors were smooth, and clean but still defined and very complex.  The final third was the best part of the cigar for me, very toasty with hints of spice on the lips.

Conclusion: The Gran Habano Gran Reserva was fantastic.  Loads of complexity with a consistant toasty spice that stayed with me.  The burn and draw were nearly perfect. Shipping has begun to retailers across the country and is expected to be in by the second week of January. This cigar almost had the same flavors and feel as the 3SLS but way more refined and clean.  I was very impressed and if this is any lead in to how 2011 will be for new releases, Im Game…

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  • Lloyd L. says:

    Nice review. Judging from the pictures of the Gran Reserva, it looks really good. I’ll be looking out for these.

  • JoseFloresJr says:

    Great review, the Gran Reserva looks good, definitely have to find a couple.

  • Gary K says:

    Great review. Sounds like a wonderful cigar. I’ve been a fan of Gran Habano cigars since my first puff. Looking forward to getting my hands on a couple of these Gran Reserva #3′s.