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Quick Smoke: Tesa Gran Cru Limited Edition

30 Jun 2012



Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.”

Not to be confused with five-vitola Series Gran Cru line that has a criollo ’98 maduro wrapper, the Gran Cru Limited Edition is new to the Tesa portfolio. It was crafted by Chris Kelly as a one-size, box-pressed blend. Only 1,000 cigars were made, and Kelly tells me he sold almost his entire Gran Cru stash in a matter of weeks. So he has ordered his Estelí factory to produce more. I think that’s a wise decision. The Gran Cru—which boasts an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with a criollo ’98 binder from Jalapa and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos—is a testament to Kelly’s outstanding talents. The smoke has incredible balance with a woodsy core complimented by cream, salty peanut, and coffee. With top-notch construction, I’m going to get my hands on more of these while they’re still available.

Verdict = Buy.

-Patrick A

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4 Responses to “Quick Smoke: Tesa Gran Cru Limited Edition”

  1. Chris S Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    Wow, this sounds right up my ally! I've been loving the Habano wrapper more and more lately. I'll certainly have to hunt some of these down.

    • Chris S Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 10:04 am #

      alley* of course

  2. Patrick Ashby Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    I don't see this blend on Tesa's online store, but I wonder if Tesa is selling these via phone orders. If you want to find out, you can call them at 312-929-3075.

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