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Wednesday, 04 January 2012

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granzulu1 Today’s reviews cover a couple of very smooth cigars. First up is the Gran Habano STK Zulu Zulu Connecticut Lancero, and it will be followed by the Padilla Black Bear.

Gran Habano STK Zulu Zulu Connecticut Lancero

The Gran Habano STK Zulu Zulu is significant for multiple reasons. First, it’s the first release from Gran Habano’s STK line. Second, it’s one of George Rico’s personal blends. Third, and most importantly, it was released on a public level to help bring to light the Invisible Children organization. According to the Zulu Zulu’s press release, Invisible Children is a charity that “uses film, creativity and social action to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony’s rebel war and restore LRA-affected communities in central Africa to peace and prosperity.” Rico and the Gran Habano team decided that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Zulu Zulu cigars would go to the Invisible Children organization. It always feels good to donate to a good cause, so I purchased the Zulu Zulu Connecticut Lancero and decided to give it a shot.

The Lancero, which measures 7 ½ x 40, is the only offering in the STK Zulu Zulu line. This comes as no surprise really, as it is a limited edition release after all. The cigar’s filler and binder both consist of Nicaraguan tobacco, while an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper completes the composition. Gran Habano also produces the Zulu Zulu in a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper. That version, also known as the Red, is said to be spicier and falls into the medium to full-bodied category of strength. The Connecticut, or Blue version, is smoother and listed as medium-bodied.

As I take a look at the STK Zulu Zulu, I am impressed, to say the least. A large band covers three-fourths of the cigar and displays depictions of young rebel fighters. The band’s red and blue color scheme stands out nicely against the golden brown Connecticut wrapper. Only a little oil is present on the surface. A few medium-sized veins are visible as well, but no major imperfections. The pigtail cap appears to be done to perfection. The cigar feels firm to the touch with no soft spots and appears to have solid overall construction. The pre-light aroma is of the floral variety and taste is sweet and gives a hint of the smoothness that I will soon encounter.

Once lit, the Gran Habano STK Zulu Zulu burns well. The draw is decent, and the light-colored ash holds for more than an inch. The burn is even with the exception of a few times where it needs touch-ups to straighten up. No re-lights are necessary.

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