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“A Humi MUST HAVE!! These babies are SUPERB to say the least. However, I just heard they are ALL SOLD OUT so please move to a different stick....No need to look here anymore!! No, seriously GO AWAY!!”
“had a heck of a time tryin to find me a bundle and finally i snagged one. for the price you can't beat and it's a stick with woody and spice flavors with that being said the two cross and make a good combination for a relaxing smoke.”
“The "Gran Habano Vintage 2002", @ 39.99 for a bundle of 20 robusto's, UNBELIEVABLE! Very woody, peppery and just the right amount of sweetness, to put this cigar up there with some of the best cigars for the dime, that i have ever smoked. Talk about under the radar, you must try this one before they are gone. I'm not over selling this stick one bit. Simply delicious. If you haven't already, what are you waiting for? ENJOY.”
“The Gran Habano Vintage Maduro (Robusto) is a terrific cigar. The flavor developed very well after about 3 months of storage. I would describe the taste as herbal (i.e.earthy green tea), rich and smooth. The draw is soft and the burn is mostly straight. Only one roll from the entire mazo disappointed me.”
“These are really excellent cigars for the money, beautifully constructed and presented. The smooth, refined flavor of the Corojo really comes through and the filler provides notes of mild spice, cedar, and white pepper. There have been a few minor irregular burn issues but these usually correct themselves. If you enjoy Corojo, I highly suggest you try these. The wrapper used is top notch. I'm very happy to have these on hand, they are a welcome change of pace to the heavy maduros I normally smoke.
I am thinking that if one is patient enough to hold onto these for a year or so to let the filler tobaccos age a little more they may just be exquisite.”
“This is NOT a "Cheapie" but a cigar that is good in all aspects. This recent Mazo that I purchased arrived very Wet. I removed the cedar and wrapper and placed on top of my box for 29 hours. This cigar does not dissapoint, white grey ash and rolled with integrity. I will not get into nuts, earth and all of that other stuff but I will say for me, it is a solid medium most enjoyable under $50.00 cigar. It is a permanent resident along with Indian Tabac Ltd. Reserve, another great cigar moderately priced cigar .
Power to the people, Power to CI.”
“This is the best stick I've tasted in a while, and at a reasonable price. Hope they don't catch on, more for me.”
“What a gem!
I hope nobody buys these so CI's inventory can be my personal stash.
Greedy I know but I hope these never sell out.
I can hope......”
“I received one in a gift pack of assorted cigars. I was completely blown away by this cigar, a rich tobacco taste with long slow burn. Burned it till nothing was left! Just ordered a bundle.”
“I got these on the daily deal and what a pleasant surprise. I thought they might be a nice kick around stick and now I find myself choosing them over other pricier sticks. Great construction and burn, pleasant taste and overall a very smooth cigar. I will be back for more of these!
“The Gran Habano Vintage 2002 Robusto was a good - and interesting buy. Upon receiving my 20 pack, I couldn't help but put only 19 in my humi and try 1 for myself. It seemed a bit green to me, as if the aging claims were greatly exaggerated. I keep 2 humidors, 1 @70 and the other @65%. I dropped 2 - (1 undressed, 1 still in its cedar skirt) into the 65% box, which is reserved for those "on deck" for smoking.
After a few weeks I tried the naked 1 and was surprised, but not totally pleased with how it had changed. Not bad, just not good. The next week I tried the skirted 1. Wow, what a difference. It was just right in moisture and flavor! Leave those skirts on until it's time to light up! I have smoked at least 6 since then.....with company and alone. This is a nice smoke with considerable flavor. The pricing makes it a very good deal all around.
My taste/favs I especially enjoy: Padron's Serie 1926, Padilla's 1932, Rocky's Decade, Edge, I-Press.”
“I am a pretty big fan of the Rico family of cigars. This one (Gran Habano Vintage 2002), however, fell a bit short for me. Not a bad smoke, but I did not find the flavor profile as enjoyable as the normal production Gran Habano Corojo. I found the cigar pretty boring and really was put off by the strong charcoal-ish flavor notes. I also had several draw issues in the first 6 or 7 cigars. For the same price, I can buy other Cigars at CI that put these to shame. Try the El Mejor Emerald or Blue Label, both $40 a box.”
“I was doing a trade with a BOTL and requested a couple of these since they've been spoken of highly on the Joe Cigar banter ... finally got around to having one tonight ... Normally, I like bigger cigars with wider ring gauges, but it was pretty chilly tonight and so I thought I'd go with this robusto for a "quicker" smoke - it lasted a long time ... I like cedar, so the cedar wrapping is a big plus ... It was a little spicy/hard on the tongue when I first lit it, and took about 1/2 an inch to settle down ... from then on it was smooth sailing ... I liked the touch of sweetness which I'm still tasting an hour later ... burn, construction and draw were very good ... no problems ... a very enjoyable smoke which I took all the way down to the end ... from here I'll just refer to the very first review (p.3) which I feel says it well. Thanks, CI and GH for a very fine, affordable cigar.”
“I'm becoming a huge fan of CI's prices on 2 Gran Habano cigars: 3 Siglos and Vintage 2002. In the robusto size, both are incredible values (currently at $2-$3 each???!). Both are nutty, smooth, and even have an occasional, very mild wintergreen aftertaste (as best I can describe it). The vintage also has a bit of spice (pepper), while the 3 Siglos is a bit creamier. Great quality for the money. Thanks, CI! May the cigar gods continue to be so gracious.”
“I can only describe this cigar one way, and that is like a great steak. The wrapper has an incredibly meaty flavor it's like tasting a beautifully grilled ribeye. Volumes of smoke invade your senses much like a sensual woman in a misty dream, too powerful to ignore yet you can't get enough and want it to last forever. Toward the end of this gem, and I'm talking about the last inch or two, subtle hints of coffee start to come out, elevating the experience to that of a main course and after dinner dark roast java. This is an unbelievably good cigar that I hope stays around for a long time!”
“Shhhhhhhh! Nothing to see here, move along.......”
“Very good medium to full cigar with nice flavor from the first puff to the very end. The first half of the smoke is influenced by the cedar sleeve and has an aromatic quality. The strength builds throughout the smoke but does not become distracting. The draw and burn is usually good although occasionally, I have had a side burning one. This is a tremendous value overall and this cigar will remain in my stable.”
“Solid smoke for the price, that's it.
The price may have swayed the reviews.
I was not overly impressed.
“Got a bundle of these on an e-mail special, the write-up and pics looked quite tempting. After polishing off about two thirds of them now, I kinda wish I'd bought two bundles ! This is just a GREAT value in a big cigar ! Has a rich taste, burns fairly even, draw is right at the edge ( but not quite ) of being a bit too tight - - - - they loosen up pretty good 1/4 into the smoke. The cedar wrap on the cigar sure seems to add that ' something extra ' to the overall smell/taste factor. Excellent smoking after a big filling dinner ! ! !”
“WOW.. what a great little smoke, and a very nice price. Seems like the flavor changes with every puff, and does not disappoint, nice aroma too.. Great right out of the bag, and even better after sitting in the humi for a while. I have been eyeballing these for a while, and I'm really glad I finally jumped on them. Haven't had a bad one yet, and I'm over halfway through the bundle.”
“I was pleasantly surprised by it considering it costs 2 x 3 times less then what I usually buy. Hard to believe, still in shock (positive one). Cheap sometimes means good! Thanks CI.”
“My best friend turned me on to these and I have never let my humi run out of them since. Good pre light aroma, excellent burn, taste is consistent and full throught out. The best cigar for the money on the market today. I buy a bundle every month for fear of the inventory running out again.”
“These are good cigars nice aroma and taste , out of a bundle I have had 2 that would not light on one side, never seen that, must be the Cigar Gods Taking Revenge on me for something I have done in the past, Great cigar well worth the money, will order more , nuff said”
“Words alone can't describe how good this cigar is! A nice earthy coffee bean aroma that I loved. I got this one in a Black Friday sampler. I will most certainly order a bundle of these in the near future.”
“The robusto of this blend is absolutely delicious with just a little rest. The churchill on the other hand is a total waste of tobacco. They will not burn right and will just tick you off something terrible. Robusto=good, churchill=bad”
“I just picked these up yesterday. These babys are as tasty as they look.
I puffed one right out of the bundle, even the wife liked the aroma. Burned good all the way to the nub. It is a well constructed cigar with a nice draw. I don't know all the lingo, and won't even go there. But This cigar is a damn good one. I just found a new favorite.”
“I was first introduced to the GH line as a freebie. The cigar had mixed reviews: people either loved them or hated them. I thought it was a great smoke. So I decided to try the GH Vintage 2002. For $2/cigar, how could you go wrong? Well, it has become my fav smoke of the summer. Great taste, great draw and burn, tasty till the last drag. I use a punch, and unlike the far more expensive 94-rated alec bradley (that disappointed with a horrible draw), the 2002 was perfect thru the punch. Only thing I ask is please don't buy them all up. I'm having too good a time...”
“Construction and burn were excellent (10/10). I would say the taste as well (8.5/10), but the cedar aging has given it a sweet flavor and I don't perfer sweet smokes. Still an outstanding smoke.”
“Great little smoke. Construction of cigar is perfect on everyone I've
smoked. You have to resist chewing the wrapper on these and the
power and taste are well balanced. I'll be adding more of them to my humidor so keep them stocked up CI.”
“The Gran Habano Vintage 2002 has definately been the highlight of my cigar smoking this year, I have been trying different cigars and have a number of favourites but this one is top of my list. I love the gorgeous flavour and the taste they leave on my lips, I love the perfect chewy wrapper, each cigar has been easy to light, and smoked perfectly and evenly to the end, I can smoke these down untill they almost burn my fingertips. I will always have some in my humidor, long may C.I. keep selling them.”
“So I've smoked many sticks by now that cost 5 times what I paid for a bundle of these. Tasty; I always go to this little beauty. Time to count em. I love em!!!!!!”
“I'm not impressed. I'm sure many others enjoy this.I like the construction and the draw but the flavor just isn't for me. Just because I don't enjoy this doesn't mean you're not.”
“I will boldly state this is one of the best cigars i have smoked. The price you cannot beat. This is the best value on the market. I would recomend this cigar to anyone. It is a bit strong so if you are a begginer you may wanna stick to the mac-a-noodles , but if you like a stick that will give you a kick in the gut you must atleast try. Great Job! to CI for this one.”
“I was drawn by the packaging. Bought a box and thought they were great! As my supply dwindles I noticed they are really tough to keep lit about half way through and start getting bitter at the last third. Got alot of smoke and a effortless draw, which is everything to me.. Not bad but not great either.”
“always a favorite, these cigars are made with such care, they construction is a an A+. The flavor is perfect and they pack a solid punch, I wish they were not sold out.”
“Three words "buy a box". These are top shelf cigars. Excellent construction, beautiful wrappers, and a very tasty smoke. Would call therm mild/med with a very nice blend of leaves. Highly recommend!”
“I am not very good at coming up with descriptive adjectives to describe this or any other cigar. Guess that is why I am not a writer. I like medium to full bodied cigars and this one fits that description. I have had many other, much more expensive cigars that couldn't hold a candle to this one. Only complaint is that some of the churchills have had too tight a draw, but the taste & consistency is always spot on. If you are on the fence about this one, go ahead and jump on over. What have you got to lose? It's only 2 bucks a stick.”
“Cigars are a matter of what one prefers. I've smoked cigars for nearly 30 years now, and this one is my favorite.”
“This is one of the best smokes out there. To me (I know others have different tastes) it is as good as any super, ultra premium. I have over 50 different "brands" of cigars in my humidors and the Vintage 2002 is as good as any.”
“I bought 20 of these around July 4, 2010. I tried one too soon after arrival, it was o k. Six weeks later it has developed into a very nice smoke. For this price I really did not expect a lot. Friends and others said they are great, so I waited. They were right! This the best smoke you can imagine for the $2 price tag, simply amazing! Enjoy!”
“Smoked one of these babies in a sampler I received. After about an inch I orderd a 20 bundle Robusto. Great body and taste,cool smoke , the same cigar from start to finish. Could not put it down. I'll do it again!
Gonna be a great couple of days off knowing I have a great cigar.
“What a great cigar. I have never had a Gran Habano product before I got a bundle of these (robustos), but now I cannot wait to try their other lines. Gone through 4 or 5 of these and have not had any quality issues. Rich, luxurious smoke and a unique flavor. I have not been into cigars that long and I don't know what to compare these to, but I love them. This cigar is also extremely good looking, even without the cedar sleeve. Can't believe how cheap these are!”
“Yes! This is what I spend all those countless hours surfing CI for...always in search of that one stick that A) Isn't the equivalent to a car payment and B) Has that in your face flavor...this is it gents! Honestly wasn't expecting much from this stick and was blown away.”
“The last time I wanted to order some of these gems all sizes were out of stock. I'm gettin' me some of these bad boys this time around. I had my first taste of these Gran Habano Vintage 2002 in one of the samplers I bought a few months back. I went to order them while the nub was still smoldering. And as I said, there were none to be had. Looks like Christmas is going to come twice this year because my order is going in today. To try them is to love them. No freakin' kidding.”
“Bought these beauties on the "Two Fer Tuesday Deal". Being a big fan of Corojo wrapped cigars I couldn't wait to get my hands on these to try them out. WOW I was floored! I normally smoke Toro sized cigars but this Robusto lasted a long time with a beautiful ash that held on over two inches. I paired this with a glass of Crown Royal XR and the stresses of the day melted away! This is my new Favorite and will stay stocked in my humi. Thanks CI”
“I have been smoking these for almost a year now.Always consistant flavor, good draw, and excellent burn. I have only had a few that needed re-lit. Everytime I smoke one of these I look at and say, "Damn, Thats a good cigar!"”
“This is a GOOD cigar! I smoked this robusto-size stick after being in my humidor only one week. First light revealed lots of spice and pepper, some leather and a subtle sweetness. By the end of the first third, the sweetnes was gone with some cedar flavor coming through. Half-way through a woody taste dominated with spice diminishing and becoming smoother until I finally had to reluctantly end it at the nub. Volumes of smoke and only one re-light with a slightly uneven ash burn. Perfect draw throughout the length of the cigar. Save yourself some "alone time" to enjoy this stick as in my case, the total experience was easily over an hour. Definitely a keeper!”
“May 25: The first two sticks OTT were bitter, bitter, bitter. Although they are well constructed like a BSH and burn magnificently, they were as smooth as vinegar and broken glass. Paying respect to Steve-o's opinion of these, I put them in the humi today with the hope of taming these wild beauties.
June 24: Eureka! After four weeks in the humi these cigars have lived up to Steve-o’s 92 rating. These are a real winner. I concur with Steve-o’s write up on these and I can’t believe that CI let these go for $2.50 a stick – are they crazy? It must be from drinking that Lehigh Valley water. These are very close to a Punch Chateau L Maduro. What a wonderful cigar! I just placed another order of Winstons. Thanks CI.
“CI should include a roach clip with every purchase of this cigar, since I couldn't let go of it until it was burning my fingers. While on a cruise last year, I had the chance to smoke a real Cuban cigar (Cohiba VI & Montecristo). From that time on I have ordered several sampler packs from CI looking for the cigar that would come close to the Cuban. While there were many smoked that were great, they still didn't measure up to the Cuban. My search is over as of today, this cigar was outstanding and didn't have to take back seat to any other brand or country who makes cigars. It is a smoke that doesn't burn your throat or tongue in the least bid no matter how short it gets. I'm not good with describing all the flavors, all I know; this is a fantastic stick that CI is to be commended for including in the Black Friday Maduro Sampler pack. If you want to smoke a great cigar, do yourself a favor and at least purchase one of these Grand Habano Corojo Vintage 2002. As another person said; I can't believe how cheap this great cigar is in price.
“This cigar is awsome from start to finish. Got one in a sampler and immediately ordered a bundle. Cant imagine a better value.”
“Wow, great smoke, great price. I buy cigars monthly you can bet next month I will be ordering a few bundles of them. What a great value for an every day smoke.”
“This smoke was pleasantly surprising. It has a great cedar taste and finishes smooth with a hint of coffee. I would recommend this cigar and buy it again. The price is awesome for such a quality product.”
“I ordered these back in September of 2010. I have since then let them sit in my humidor. I got one out and toasted it. First thought, very mild with a older Tabacco without the musk. Very short finish.
These are a great value buy, and are a great morning cigar. They have a light flavor that I find suited to that need.
Bottom line, great value, great smoke.”
“wow this is a fantastic smoke right down to the nub! (i smoked it till my face was on fire) don't hesitate picking up a bundle of these, you wont be disappointed!”
“These are great, more like what you would expect from a $6 stick. Good balance throughout, a bit of a heavy earth start but smooths out with a nice leather and mild earthy taste. Lots of thick smoke smooth on the palate and little lingering after taste. A few have an uneven burn, but most burn perfect 1-2 inch ash, no pepper at all. These are my favorite daily smoke, and are much better than some of my more expense sticks. A steal at CI price. I find they taste and burn best for my preference at 65%-68% humidity, 70% needs a couple relights. A must try...”
“Got 20 of these a few weeks ago, and boy am I pleased I got them. I had a CI magazine on my floor (I know CI Nation, how dare me have the catalog on the floor) and the Gran Habano Vintage 2002 was on the cover. I kept walking past it and it would randomly call to me... then I finally bought them. For this price, it's past worth it! Great draw, great burn, GREAT flavor, GREAT cigar! I gave out a 3 of these for a "group therapy" session outside one evening while enjoying the night. Two of the other guys who smoked these have 20 plus years of cigar smoking under their belt. They all enjoyed the cigar tremendously! And as one was halfway through the cigar he said, "I don't usually keep the labels of my cigars, but this one, I have too." Enough said, buy and rejoice!”
“I often wonder why anyone (myself included) spends $25 or more dollars or more on a cigar when there are cigars as great as this available. It's a staple in my humidor and one of my favorites when I'm let down by many of my expensive attempts to find the perfect smoke. This not only has the taste, draw and construction of cigars tasting four to five times the price, but the packaging and appearance provide further evidence of a really great cigar. In my opinion this is one of the industries great values.”
“If you're reading the reviews and sitting on the fence about buying them...take the leap and grab them while you can. This is a great daily smoke with good flavor, nice construction and, at two bucks a stick, I promise you won't be disappointed. I'm about six cigars into the bundle and look forward to tasting them as they mature.”
“Ok, I've been smoking cigars for almost 20 years and I expect the following from a cigar. Excellent draw with good smoke production and good flavor. Of course a pretty cigar that burns well is a bonus. The Gran Habano Vintage Corojo Churchhil is a great smoke. Perfect draw, nice burn, beautuful wraper a smooth robust taste with no bite. I love this cigar! I know taste is subjective, but it has gobs more flavor than the Padron 3000 natural wrapper I'm smoking at the moment. Of course I'm a sucker for a well made Corojo wrapper, and the Gran Habano looks so good I could eat it. This is a great cigar that is worth 3 times or more the price!”
“Ordered the weekly special of the Gran Habanos Vintage (20 sticks for $35). Can't beat the price. The Gran Habano is a not bad, but not great. Smoked with a perfect draw, with no worries or a re-light. The taste was rich, however it was not as smooth as expected. Having the guys over and want to pass around a decent cigar for a cheap price, this is your cigar. My taste preference being a maduro, the Gran Habano Vintage didn't quite meet my expectations.”
“If you're ever over at reddit's cigars, you'll know me as the guy who always recommends these sticks to everyone, whether they're a newbie just buying their first non-sampler pack or a seasoned vet that can fully appreciate a good cigar. The Gran Habano Vintage 2002 is an amazing stick, the price notwithstanding. They're always well constructed with a consistent burn and flavor profile. They have none of the bitterness that can come with many other cheaper cigars. The price is an added bonus! I prefer the smaller vitola, but you really can't go wrong.”
“Friend of mine turned me on to this great cigar in chruchill length, and smoked it from beginning to the nub, very smooth. Typically I use a little technique I learned to burn the peppery taste of the cigar as a result of tar build up. After about half way I blow into the cigar from the end I have been sucking on, and light the end at the same time producing a flame that shoots out of the lit end burning up the tar residue that has built up, and then continuing to smoke with a taste that is refreshed like I just lit it from the beginning. However, with this cigar it wasn't necessary, and it was smooth smoking from beginning to the nub. I liked them so much i ordered a box of Robusto's for myself. You definately want a box of these in your humidor.”
“I dont ever take the time to write a comment about a cigar this is my first, but for this one I couldnt help myself. after reading all the great comments about this cigar all I can say is cigars have come and gone but this one will always have a permanent spot in my humidor. What a great cigar.”
“I bought a 20 count mazo of these upon the recommendations of others. After I smoked the first one I thought I was going to regret it. I did not care for the taste and the filler appeared to have lots of stems in it. I let them sit for several months and now I have had a couple more. They have changed for the better. I would buy more but with the knowledge that these really need to sit for a while before the flavor gets better.”
“Picked up a 10 pack of a CI special for 22.00, they were reconmended by a fellow cigar bum.
Will pick up more after the experiance I just had. Flavors are consistent sweetness with a hint of nice spice
never overpowering just right, ash didnt hold more than an inch and greyish.
If I could compare it to another cigar was similar to a Gurka Blue Steel.
Will be grabing more to stock the humidor for summer time
Great smoke, great CI Price”
“I love this cigar. I have not had a single cigar not burn absolutely perfect. No hard draws, consistent flavor, great construction. Lots of smoke, great with coffee or bourbon. I've paid more for cigars but none equal in consistency. Worth every cent!”
“This cigar is wonderful! Smooth rich and will stand tall with any competition. It is that good. Who said you cannot get a great cigar at an affordable price? No really....who said that?
“This is a very good cigar and been smoking them for a while, that until price went up and cigar quality went down, last ones where too dry and flaky even after spending some time in the humidor, don’t know what happened? However for $39.99 a box it’s good. for $49.99 or $59.99, I don’t think so...”
“Really good smoke. These are my backup goto cigars.”
“Great smoke! Just the right amount of pepper and earthy flavor.”