George Rico, the blender responsible for G.A.R. cigars, has four generations of cigar family knowledge at his back. The Rico cigar family’s roots trace back to the 1920s and George’s great grandfather growing dark tobacco in Cuba. In 1946, George’s grandfather took over the family business, and George’s father Guillermo soaked up all the knowledge he could following his father around the fields all day.
In 2003 the boutique value brand Gran Habano was launched by Guillermo and George, with production taking place in their factory in Danlí, Honduras. Today, George is known for blending many of the best Gran Habano lines available. He is also known as a master blender not afraid to walk his own walk and create lines that lean more toward edgy themes.
George is famed for producing heady, fully-body sticks. And the G.A.R. line, which bears George’s initials, is no exception. You may be familiar with the medium-full strength Gar Opium, a Nicaraguan puro dressed with a hybrid Nicaraguan Habano Corojo wrapper. The quality of this stick might have you feeling guilty for acquiring it at such a low price point. Another is the Gar Original, with its Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper that will treat you to deep cedar and pepper notes that balance out the blend’s sweetness.
Whatever your pleasure is, G.A.R. cigars offer you a way to get that and more.