Cigar Review: Gran Apertura Habano R by GMD Cigars

Cigar Review: Gran Apertura Habano R by GMD Cigars

GMD Cigars
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
Binder: Dominican Republic (Criollo 98)
Filler: Dominican Republic
Size: 7” x 50
Strength: medium
Price: $9.9

Overall Rating: 8.9

GMD Cigars, new to the U.S. market, was one of the more impressive new companies at the IPCPR this year. With a massive number of new releases, the company is trying to bring its name and penchant for luxury to American cigar enthusiasts. The Gran Apertura serves as a great entry point to the GMD line. Despite its reasonable price, the Gran Apertura Habano R is made with the same painstaking care and quality as GMD’s more pricey offerings. All the tobacco in the Gran Apertura has been aged over five years, adding a layer of dimension to the cigar’s flavor profile. The Gran Apertura Habano R is a very good medium bodied cigar.

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Pre-Light: The Gran Apertura Habano R wrapper is a nice oily cinnamon colored Ecuadorian Habano. There are very few noticeable veins. The silver and grey Gran Apertura band lends an air of class to this great looking cigar. A secondary band notes that this is the Habano version of the cigar.

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Mild leather and wood aromas can be noticed from the wrapper of the Gran Apertura Habano R. From the unlit foot of the cigar notes of cinnamon, leather and mild cedar are the main aroma from the unlit foot of the cigar. The slightly firm pre-light draw lets through flavors of cinnamon, apples and grass.

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Burn: The Gran Apertura Habano R Churchill has a bit of a wobbly burn line, but it stays even enough and never requires correction. The draw is neither from nor easy, and allows through a good amount of flavorful smoke. There is a great floral spice aroma to the burning cigar that is reminiscent of the potpourri my mother used to keep around the house in the winter when we were kids.

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Flavor: The Gran Apertura Habano R Churchill begins with a slight pepper note that quickly develops into spice. As the first third of the cigar gets going there’s a pleasing mix of spice, cedar, Japanese plum wine and grass. On the retrohale there are notes of spice, cedar and mild red pepper. During the transition to the second third of the Gran Apertura, a subtle background note of salted caramels occurs. Cedar, oak, spice and caramel are the main flavors during the second third of the cigar, while hints of grass, apples and leather remain in the background. The cedar and spice flavors really begins to pick up as the cigar begins its journey into the final third. Occasionally, a mild coffee note occurs during the past third of the GMD Gran Apertura Habano R. The retrohale becomes a blend of herbal spice and cedar. Spice, cedar and red pepper dominate the final inch or so of the cigar.

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Overall: GMD impressed me with the Dominican Euforia, and I found the Gran Apertura Habano R lived up to the standard set by that earlier cigar. Medium bodied with a fair amount of complexity, the Gran Apertura is a cigar that will appeal to a wide range of cigar enthusiasts. While I hate comparing one cigar to another, there’s a Davidoff like quality to the flavor profile of the Gran Apertura Habano R, which is all the more impressive due to the cigar’s reasonable price. Personally, I really enjoyed the GMD Gran Apertura. I’m going to add it to my humidor to have with an afternoon coffee. Having tried the cigar in various sizes, the Churchill and Toro are the two that allow the cigar’s blend to really shine. Those who enjoy medium bodied woodsy cigars will find the GMD Gran Apertura Habano should suit their tastes. For those unfamiliar with GMD’s cigars, the Gran Apertura Habano R serves at a great introduction at a reasonable price.

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Pairing: The Gran Apertura Habano goes well with an afternoon coffee or cappuccino. A glass of Pinot Noir or Merlot will also pair nicely with the Gran Apertura. The scotch drinker will find a dram of Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban, Balvenie 21 PortWood or Glenfarclas 12 all good choices.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210) 

Cigars for this review were provided by GMD Cigars. No request for review was made by the company. While their generosity is greatly appreciated, it does not effect the overall opinion of this cigar. At Toasted Foot LLC we remain committed to providing impartial cigar reviews.