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Quick Smoke: Pinar del Rio Small Batch Reserve Habano Gran Toro

1 Mar 2014

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.”


Before I fired it up last night, this Gran Toro (6 x 54) had been resting in my humidor for almost two years. I liked the Small Batch Reserve Habano line when it was introduced by Pinar del Rio in 2012. And I’m happy to report some age renders the fine cigar downright excellent. With time on its side, the Brazilian wrapper combines with Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos to yield a more complex, balanced profile than if it were smoked right out of the box. Look for flavors of sweet wood, milk chocolate, cream, spice, and a little leather, and expect nearly perfect construction. The smart move is to buy a box of 24 for around $170 and resist the urge to dive into it for about 24 months.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

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