Today I will be reviewing the Gran Habano #5 Imperiales. I have made it no secret that I am a HUGE fan of Gran Habano cigars, in fact one of the best inexpensive cigars you can get your hands on is the Gran Habano #5 robusto. The Imperiales size of that same cigar is a much larger version and does come with some aesthetic differences.
For starters the Imperiales is not only dramatically larger coming in a 6 inches by 60 ring gauge it also has no band on the head of the cigar trading that in for a red and gold band on the foot. Another difference between this large size cigar and it’s smaller counterpart is the Imperiales features a much darker corojo wrapper, this cigar is near pitch black. It looks big and juicy so lets smoke it!
Right off the bat I find disappointment as I attempt to carefully remove the footer band and also lose a nickel sized portion of the wrapper.
The draw and burn on this cigar are both admirable but there were times during the smoke that I didn’t feel I was getting the amount of satisfying smoke that I was seeking. The Gran Habano corojo #5 Imperiales did not seem to offer me the same thick, oily smoke that it’s little brother in robusto size provided which seemed strange because this version of the #5 is so much larger. And the flavors on the Imperalies were muted and harder to find than the robusto. The flavor discrepancy is likely due to the fact that this cigar has so much more filler to wrapper ratio than the smaller #5s. It seems to me that the GH corojo #5’s bread is buttered in the wrapper therefore the smaller sizes will excel, while the larger sizes might suffer.
The flavor profile on this cigar was of berries, nuts, and a distinct anise flavor and to be honest those are not my favorite flavor combinations. The body of the cigar was medium at most and I didn’t seem to find any nicotine kick whatsoever. Sadly for me the Gran Habano corojo #5 Imperiales was a dissapointment. These cigars run about $7 per stick so they are not exactly cheap, therefore I can’t in good faith recommend these as a cigar as one to go out of your way for.
- Disappointing smoke output
- Lacks memorable flavors
- High price for its' quality