The boutique value brand Gran Habano was founded by Guillermo Rico in 2003. Guillermo and his son George had established a cigar factory in Danlí, Honduras in 1998, though at the time, they only produced cigars for other brands. Eventually, Gran Habano launched and became the Ricos’ primary focus.
George Rico is the fourth generation of the Rico cigar family. The Rico tobacco roots trace back to George’s great grandfather growing dark tobacco in Columbia in the 1920s. George’s grandfather took over the business in 1946 and passed down his cigar knowledge to Guillermo as he followed his father around the fields day after day. Eventually, Guillermo would pass this knowledge down to George, and that father and son team would launch the highly celebrated Gran Habano brand.
Gran Habano Azteca cigars are the first maduro released by Gran Habano. Scratch that because, according to the man behind the blend, George Rico, the Azteca is a Double Maduro. George stated, "Both the San Andres wrapper and binder are extra-fermented naturally, without sweating or other artificial means."
As George Rico stated above, two top-flight leaves from Mexico's San Andrés Valley go through a natural fermentation process before becoming the binder and wrapper in Gran Habano Azteca cigars. Beneath these are Cuban-seed Nicaraguan long-fillers and a lively bunch of tobacco from Panama. Once lit, you'll discover flavors of cocoa, coffee, pepper, and earth. The draw is effortless, and the smoke is potent while remaining smooth.
Please enjoy Gran Habano Azteca cigars at your leisure.