Cigars are no exception. If you actually enjoy cigars, then you need not worry about how fashionable or expensive is the brand you are smoking. There are many very enjoyable cigars which don’t carry the ultra-chic brand names or the ultra-high price tags that come with them. Cigar smoking is about relaxation. Nothing kills that more quickly than worrying about what someone else thinks of the brand of cigar you chose. So, forget all the snobs and find something you can enjoy for its quality and its price.
GR Specials is a cigar whose brand name and price tag won’t impress any of the snobs out there. You can get a bundle of 20 (yes, I know, the fashion snobs are bursting arteries over the very mention of a bundled cigar) for under $50. But it is definitely worth trying.
Initial examination reveals a well-constructed product of a medium brown color. Some have called this a “Colorado Maduro,” but I detected no red tint at all, so I have labeled it a natural. It punched and lit with no problems.
Next came the first and only big drawback of this cigar. The draw was very difficult. Despite that, I was able to draw well-enough to discover and enjoy the outstanding mild to medium flavor. I have a few more of these in my humidor, so I am hoping that the difficult draw of this particular cigar was an anomaly.
The smoke lasted for around 50 minutes. That is respectable, though I would have expected a little more time from a 6×54 cigar. The burn was even all the way through, but the cigar did unravel a little bit in the last third.
The excellent flavor of the GR Specials Black Label Gran Robusto is mitigated a good deal by the difficult draw, but everything else about the cigar was quite acceptable. For around $2.00, I think the value is unquestionable.