This week our own David Garofalo’s daughter, Gianna, is graduating college. This is obviously a special time for the both of them, so I figured why not review the cigar he made in her name. La Gianna Havana is a cigar that has been around for as long as Gianna herself, originally coming in a Connecticut shade wrapper. Years later, David released that same blend, only this time using a maduro wrapper.
And as some of you know, I’m a maduro-freak, so let’s get into it.
What am I smoking?
Cigar Review: La Gianna Maduro Robusto
Country of Origin: Honduras
Distributed By: United Cigar
Length: 5 Inches
Ring Gauge: 50
Packaging & Design
All sizes of La Gianna Havana arrive in boxes of 20 cigars, each individually wrapped in cellophane. On the top side of the box, there are images of cherub angels flying around a portrait of another angel with her wings wrapped around her shoulders. The maduro and natural versions are both distinguished by either having a red (natural) or black (maduro) box. They have a simple and clean look to them.
The La Gianna Havana Maduro has a soft looking, dark chocolate colored wrapper. There is some noticeable oil present, giving the cigar a nice sheen in the light. Seams and veins are hardly present on this well constructed cigar. Upon smelling the foot, I pickup notes of aged tobacco and a chocolatey sweetness.
After cutting, pre-light flavors include more chocolate with hints of espresso and earth. I actually held this one in my mouth for a while before lighting up because the tobaccos tasted so good.
Right after sparking up the La Gianna Havana maduro, I was impressed with the amount of smoke this cigar produced. Huge flavors of raisins and chocolate sat softly on my palate, leaving a slightly oily mouthfeel in its wake. The finish at this point has floral notes as well, which are making for an interesting smoke so far.
Getting into the second third, the strength starts to pick up a slight bit more than the beginning. I also noticed that this cigar is burning straight as an arrow, and still offering a great and easy going draw. The raisin notes I was getting in the first third are still there, but have become more prevalent. The natural sweetness of this tobacco is impressive.
Finishing up on the La Gianna Havana maduro, notes of pepper and earth begin to take over the smoke. However, those flavors are balanced out well due to the ever prevailing notes of raisins. It reminds me of when I would go to my grandparents house when I was little, and my grandmother would give me a box of raisins as a treat after I helped her clean up the house. Brought me right back to my childhood days of having no cares in the world. And that’s how I felt after putting this cigar down.
I don’t typically go for Honduran cigars, however, this cigar here was incredibly well balanced and offered up some great flavors. The construction is another thing I’d like to highlight, because I didn’t need to give this cigar any attention during the experience.
If you like raisins, and if you like cigars just as much, the La Gianna Havana should one you check out.