Anyway gents, it's time for us to have a frank discussion about Blue Label. Here's a terrific cigar, one that has become extremely popular among those who favor fuller-flavored blends. Launched about a year ago in 2007, Blue Label hails from Danli, Honduras. The maker is Gran Habano, the father-son team of Guillermo and George Rico. These guys are under-the-radar, making consistently good cigars at very reasonable prices. Their various Gran Habano blends and the 3 Siglos are spectacular, especially when you factor in quality for the dollar. Blue Label in my view is their most interesting though. It combines a hearty, rich and medium to full-bodied flavor profile with an exceedingly reasonable cost. When I visited them in Honduras circa early 2007 they gave me a handful of samples in various sizes. I was blown away. Had to contain the excitement because so many times (with most factories) I have seen the actual product when released taste noticeably different than the samples smoked prior to release....many a slip between the cup and lip as they say. But this one they nailed - it's exactly the same, equally good, as those magical samples we furiously soaked up in March of 2007.
The wrapper is a thick, dark brown Habano leaf which covers a long-filler recipe of Honduran, Dominican and Nicaragua tobaccos. It's well-packed and firm to the touch. There's a spicy opening followed by copious clouds of creamy smoke. As it burns it becomes increasingly heady and satisfying - you can feel it in the belly. There's a core of crisp tobacco flavor and an interesting vanilla-like flavor that is undeniable. Stay with this one....it gets better as it burns, culminating in a highly enjoyable conclusion starting the last 1/2 of the cigar. Just like its makers Guillermo and George Rico, this blend is an unpretentious one that underpromises and overdelivers. The more Blue Labels you smoke the more you begin to crave them - they grow on you, big time.
So buy yo'self a box of Blue Label this instant! For the price you'll be as happy as a clam at high tide.