Gran Habano Cabinet Selection

Gran Habano Cabinet Selection

Gran HabanoOrigin : Honduras
Format : Gran Consul
Size : 6 x 60
Wrapper : Nicaraguan grown Corojo
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
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Please welcome Kayla, our newest reviewer. She starts with the Gran Habano Cabinet Selection, an old release from the company.

Appearance & Construction

Created by the Rico family in Honduras, the Gran Habano Cabinet Selection Gran Consul is an impressive, meaty stick. The oily Corojo wrapper, the color of burnt sienna, is beautifully complimented by the dark red and silver band. The wrapper leaf is flecked with multiple small veins and a few minor imperfections but is overall very attractive. The length of this six-inch stick is firm and well rolled, finished in a gentle box-press. The cap is thick but messily mounted.

Flavor & Cold Draw

The pre-light aroma is thick and earthy with gentle scents of oats, almonds, and hickory. The cold draw is woodsy but leaves a citrus tanginess on the tongue.

Once lit, the initial few puffs are heavy with crushed black peppercorn and rich cedar. Midway into the first third the pepper mellows, and a nutty flavor develops on the back of the pallet while a citrus flavor lingers on the lips. The citrus flavor dissipates quickly and lets the toasty/nutty flavor take center stage.

A meaty, full pallet flavor develops in the second third with underlying flavors of nutmeg, cocoa, and sweet spices. The flavor profile loses some depth towards the end of the second third which is dominated by a smoked hickory flavor.

The final third starts out woodsy with a rich toasty tobacco base. The smoke soon picks up some light notes of black pepper and cedar. The cigar finishes with a surge of cocoa.

Burn & Smoking Characteristics

Gran Habano Cabinet Selection

The Gran Habano Cabinet Selection draws beautifully. Each pull produces huge plumes of thick, white smoke. The burn is slow and cool, with a total smoking time of ninety-five minutes. The strong, compact ash is a beautiful snowy grey color with dark striations. The slow burn leaves a perfectly straight burn line. The ash grows to over an inch and a half before the first drop and maintains this pattern throughout. The ash drops a total of four times during the long, smooth smoke. The burn is cool enough for me to smoke the cigar down to the very nub.

Conclusion

This was my first experience with the Gran Habano brand and I must admit that I was impressed. The rich, complex smoke was the perfect addition to a lazy afternoon on the patio with a good book. I smoked four of these over the weekend and each time I discovered a hidden nuance in the flavor profile. I could smoke this cigar every day for a month and not get bored with it. It is listed as a full bodied stick but it wasn’t the least bit overwhelming. It is certainly full flavored, but not overly powerful. The Gran Habano Cabinet Selection is delicious, pure and simple.

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4 Comments on “Gran Habano Cabinet Selection”

  1. Nice review, Kayla!

  2. Good review; I’m looking forward to trying this one. If you like the GH’s (and I do) here’s a couple more you might want to sample:
    3 Siglos (Gran Robusto)
    Corojo #5 (Robusto)
    Habano #3 (Robusto)
    All are medium-to-full and I liked them all well enough to give them 90+ ratings.

  3. Kayla – Great review! Not a word wasted. Each sentence gets right to the point. Very informative. Looking forward to many more reviews.

  4. Thank you! I haven’t smoked a Gran Habano that I didn’t like, they are all very well done.

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