Agile Cigar Reviews are cigar assessments where we use a lightweight, shorter format. These will never take the place of our comprehensive reviews. They are only used on blends we have previously assessed. This might be a blend we are re-scoring or giving a score for the first time. It might be a blend we are looking at in a different size. Today we look at the Gran Habano Blue in Green Corona. This is a cigar line we previously assessed in the Gran Robusto size back in May 2019.
Wrapper: U.S. Connecticut Shade
Country of Origin: Honduras
Factory: G.R. Tabacaleras Unidas S.A.
Toro: 6 x 44
In 2018, Gran Habano Cigars introduced a new Connecticut Shade offering known as Blue in Green. The name Blue in Green is a reference to musician Miles Davis. Fast forward one year ahead, and in 2019 Gran Habano announced it would be making a limited edition line extension in the form of a 6 x 44 Corona which would become the fourth size under Blue in Green. Today, we once again revisit the Blue in Green line, but focus on the limited edition Corona size.
The blend to the Gran Habano Blue in Green consists of a U.S. Connecticut Shade wrapper over binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua. Production for the Blue in Green is handled at Gran Habano’s G.R. Tabacaleras Unidas S.A. facility in Honduras. At the time the Corona size was announced, a total of 1,000 20-count boxes of the Corona size were made.
The Gran Habano Blue in Green Corona delivered a mix of cream, berry, herb, and cedar. The retro-hale produced an additional layer of cedar. Early on there was a nice amount of smoothness as the cream and berry moved to the forefront early on. As the cigar experience progressed the herb and cedar increased in intensity. By the midway point, the cream and berry started to decrease in intensity. Toward the end of the second third, the herb and cedar moved into control.
The burn and draw of the Gran Habano Blue in Green Corona performed excellently. As for the strength and body, both attributes were in the medium range. The body had a slight edge over the strength throughout the smoking experience.
When the Gran Habano Blue in Green was first announced in 2018, it was positioned as a milder offering in the portfolio. When I assessed the Gran Robusto size in 2019 this is exactly the type of smoke I got. With the Corona size, I found this to be a bolder offering with the strength and body being in the medium range. For the most part, I found the blend worked better with a thicker ring gauge. Still, the Corona size should keep those fans happy who prefer a connoisseur size. This is a cigar I would position to either a novice or experienced cigar enthusiast. It’s a cigar I would smoke again and make a recommendation to buy one.
Key Flavors: Cream, Berry, Cedar, Herb
Value: Buy One
News: Gran Habano Blue in Green Corona to be Introduced at 2019 IPCPR
Source: Gran Habano
Brand Reference: Gran Habano
Photo Credits: Cigar Coop