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El Rico Habano

Wed, Jul 22, 2009

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El Rico Habano

Cigar Mission #19

My name is Agent 8. My mission was to review the El Rico Habano. As an asset of The Cigar Spy agency, I promise to respect the A.S.H.E.S. code of honor. The information below is my debrief.

Target Name:

El Rico Habano

Target Vitals:

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Vitola: Gran Corona 5 3/4 x 36
Strength: Medium to Full Bodied
Price: Around $90.00 per box of 25

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Background Info:

“The Rich One” was originally produced in 1970 by Ernesto Perez-Carillo Sr. (La Gloria Cubana) in Miami with the formation of El Rico Habano cigar line. When a tobacco shortage hit in 1994, Ernesto was forced to cease that particular cigar production. With the return of the Nicaraguan tobacco crop in 2001, Ernesto Perez-Carillo Jr. reintroduced the line and was a success since then.

Mission Debrief:

Being sick is no fun, especially when it keeps you from doing the things you enjoy. And when it lasts for a solid week, it’s even worse. This cigar was part of the welcome back to regular life with the rest of society. A much needed welcome back if I do say so.

The cigar was suggested to me by the owner of The Hill Cigar Co. in St. Louis. You may remember my report on the shop several months ago. Tim informed me right before I fell ill that this cigar was gaining in recent popularity within the shop. Always happy to oblige a cigar suggestion, especially one that is new to me.

Giving this the customary examination before lighting, I really felt that this cigar was well built with an almost sturdy feeling to the fingertips. No construction flaws or extra globs of glue from the band. Being that this was a popular when Ernesto Sr. was making these, his son must have taken his father’s work to heart.

Using a punch and lighter, I was immediately met with an effortless draw. What followed were notes of leather and an earthy, smooth maduro flavor. I wouldn’t necessarily call this a heavy maduro; it certainly looks like it would be potent but it would be very agreeable to those who usually stray from the “darker side”. Another nice selling point to this cigar is that I felt it had a shorter finish. That is, the taste of the cigar did not stay with me nearly as long as some cigars can. A nice white ash that held firm to the end of the cigar was also noticed as well. The pictures below should tell that story well. Burn time for the cigar was just over two hours. The strength of the cigar gained slightly in the last 20 minutes of the cigar.

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Recommendations:

Maybe it was the fact that I wasn’t able to smoke a cigar in over a week, but I really enjoyed this cigar. An incredibly pleasant medium to full bodied maduro that doesn’t break the bank. Definitely a buy in my book. When I make my way over to The Hill Cigar Co. next Thursday for an Oliva event, a few of these are coming home with me.

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