The classic Cuban-seed Habano wrapper leaf is a staple in the fields and factories of the world’s most notable cigar operations. With a century-spanning reputation for rich taste and inviting aromas, the unmistakable charm of Habano tobaccos remains popular even in today’s crowded market. Here are a few of our favorite modern smokes that put this legendary leaf to good use.
Gran Habano impresario George A. Rico’s first blend to be produced at Davidoff’s TabaDom operation in the Dominican Republic, the George Rico El Enemigo uses a carefully selected blend recipe of an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper over an Ecuadorian Habano binder and fillers from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua to introduce a sophisticated and rich profile to the G.A.R. portfolio. This robust limited edition delivers an impressive array of earthy and peppery tasting notes with hints of espresso, chocolate, and salted almond.
Wrapped in a silky Habano and filled with a smooth blend of aged Indonesian and Dominican tobaccos, Caldwell’s Lost & Found Cream Machine is a medium-bodied smoke with eventful full flavor. As advertised, it’s a creamy one, pumping out tones of foamy espresso, almond, vanilla bean, sweet cedar, and more in every effortless draw. Released annually in small batches, the Cream Machine is a limited edition that’s well worth your while.
Blackbird’s Glitch series is the result of a “happy accident” wherein tobacco batches got mixed up at the factory with delicious results. Comprised of American and Dominican filler leaves nestled within a Mexican binder and covered in a hearty Habano wrapper grown in Ecuador, the Glitch Habano presents a satisfying toasty and nutty smoke at an affordable price point in your choice of Robusto or Toro sizes.
A chilled-out version of All Saints’ fan favorite Dedicación blend, the Dedicación Habano swaps out the original’s San Andres Maduro wrapper for a smooth Ecuadorian Habano leaf to achieve a beautifully rounded harmony of luxurious flavors. Exuding silky tones of cedar, toast, toffee, cream, and more, this medium-bodied bomber is finished with a firm box press that brings its handsome character full circle.