Gran Habano La Conquista Pre-Lanzamiento 2016 – Rough Cut Cigar Review

Gran Habano La Conquista

Today we offer the Stogie Press Rough Cut cigar review notes on the Gran Habano La Conquista Pre-Lanzamiento 2016. This cigar is a pre-release version of what’s to come, in fact the phrase  “Pre-Lanzamiento” translates to “launching” so this is the pre-launch of the cigar. I was told that band may not be the official band of the cigar and even the name might change, but hey, I like the band, I think George Rico should stay with the design if he keeps the name. I received samples from George and Natasha Rico and want to say thank you for the opportunity to review it. I received them back in May of this year and the first one I smoked was not ready for review so I let them sit for a couple of months. So today I provide you the notes on this terrific addition to the Gran Habano lineup.
The Gran Habano La Conquista is to be available in 3 vitolas:
  • Robusto – 5 x 52
  • Gran Robusto – 6 x 54
  • Imperial – 6 x 60

According the info I received from Gran Habano the blend is:

  • Wrapper:Nicaraguan
  • Binder: Nicaraguan
  • Filler: Nicaraguan, Costa Rican, & Colombian

For this review I sampled the Gran Robusto.

Cigar Review Notes

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  • Band is quite interesting but it declares itself as Pre-Lanzamiento (Pre-Launch) 2016
  • Waxy coffee bean brown wrapper with some marbling
  • A few noticeable veins
  • Some nice dark leaf visible in the foot
  • Has a sweet aroma on the foot and some spiciness along barrel
  • Very well capped
  • Cold draw has some red pepper to it and and earth
  • Initial puffs bring on pepper and cocoa
  • Terrific draw – full volume of smoke
  • Develops a medium-thick char line
  • Sweetness finds itself early in the burn
  • Black cherry and leather add to the sweetness
  • Flavors are wrapped in a creamy thick smoke
  • Ultra smooth retro hale
  • I really enjoy this early flavor profile
  • The cold draw pepper is surprisingly hidden so far in the first third
  • Solid medium grey ash with minimal flake
  • A softness in the barrel is felt after the first inch of burn
  • Aroma is spicy nut
  • The wrapper starts to develop an oily sheen as it heats up
  • Ash falls after a good inch plus of burn, revealing a dark charcoal inner core
  • Not much of a burn cone
  • Draw tightens up slightly start of second third as it nears the soft spot on the barrel
  • Burn is developing a bit of a wave
  • Spice and oak enter with a cherry background
  • Volume picks up after the softness
  • Spice builds at the end of the second third taking over the cherry
  • Spice remains through the final third down tot he nub
Gran Habano La Conquista

Gran Habano La Conquista