When I’m in need for a quick and tasty smoke, there’s one that I gravitate towards more often than not. It’s a steady workhorse that has yet to let me down and always scratches that itch. That cigar, my friends, and this time around is the La Gianna Havana Bambino Maduro.
What am I Smoking?
Cigar: La Gianna Havana Maduro Bambino
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Maduro
Length: 4 Inches
Ring Gauge: 46
Power: 6 / 10
Packaging & Design
These cigars come packaged in small boxes of 20 straight from the country of Honduras. On the lid are the unmistakable cherub angels over a red background on a black box. Inside, the cigars share the same design (and will soon have an updated look according to our friend David Garofalo).
As for the cigars, they’re short and thin. Essentially, a half-corona. The wrapper is dark and meaty with a slight sheen. Veins and seams are nearly invisible and the cigar is evenly packed throughout. Aromas from the foot include almond nuts and cedary-tobacco. After slicing through the caps, those same tasting notes are present.
Upon lighting, the first thing I notice is raisins. Rich, dried California raisins. Now, it’s fairly well known that the entire line of La Gianna Havana Maduro have that same kind of taste, and that is certainly true with the Bambino as well. You’d have to try one to see what I’m talking about, because it’s unmistakable. Not only that, but the draw is easy and full making for a solid performance so far.
Getting into the second third, and things have changed up a bit. As the cigar heats up, a soft peppery note begins to make an appearance as the raisin sweetness begins to slowly fade. Nuances of cedar and earth start to become more pronounced.
Finishing up and the La Gianna Havana Bambino Maduro has done its job exceedingly well. Notes of rich tobacco and almonds are the finishing touch to a performance that keeps performing. The burn was solid all the way down to the nub, and the construction held up great as I was working around the shop this morning.
For a box of cigars that’s a hair under the $90 mark, there’s no reason to not keep these in your humidor for those times when you don’t have much… time. Burning for a quick 35 minutes, this would go perfectly with your morning cup of joe with a tasting profile to match it. This size is called the Bambino for a reason: they’re always a home run.