This week, I’m reviewing the GAR robusto grande made by George A. Rico. George is well known for blending the Gran Habanos cigars as well as the famed 3 Siglos. These cigars are made in Danli, Honduras with Ecuadorian corojo wrapper, Ecuadorian Connecticut binder and blend of Nicaraguan filler. This cigar was very generously gifted to me from @BradInBuffalo on Twitter after I mentioned how I’ve wanted to try one. These cigars come in 4 sizes:
- Corona Gorda – 6 x 46
- Gran Consul – 4.75 x 60
- Torpedo – 6 x 54
- Robusto Grande – 5.5 x 52
Let’s see how it smokes
The cigar has a nice Spanish box press to the cigar. The cigars wrapper is a medium brown with a toothy appearance. No large veins and the cap is well wrapped. This is a well constructed cigar.
The cigar has a very good draw. The flavors the draw has notes of earth and cinnamon. The foot has a much woodier aroma. This profile is pretty exciting to me. I’m expecting a lot.
This cigar doesn’t put off a lot of smoke even with the easy draw. It has a strong wood notes with a creamy undertone. There is a hint of the cinnamon in the background. The retrohale has a milder wood note with some nutty flavors, but the nutty flavors are not very strong.
The wood note is still the most dominate note, but the cinnamon flavor has completely gone, but the nutty flavors have intensified. This cigar has developed a very strong ash. I haven’t tipped off any ash since I first lit the cigar and it shows no signs of falling off. The cigar also has developed a natural tobacco sweetness too.
Not much has changed from the second third. The cigar still has strong woody notes with maybe a hint of coffee. Not much else. There was a slight tear in the wrapper that I didn’t notice at first until the cigar burned to it. The cigar split at that point, but it wasn’t bad and I was able to burn through it.
This cigar burned really well as you can see by the long ash on the second third photo. The main notes of the cigar were wood, cinnamon, nuts and some coffee. I really enjoyed the flavors and I think George Rico did a fine job with this blend. I like this cigar better than any of the Gran Habanos, even the 3 Siglos. If you haven’t had a chance to try these yet, I suggest you give these a try as I really enjoyed mine.