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Wednesday, 07 July 2010

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Gran Habano Creates a Cigar of Epic Proportions

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So, you say you like big cigars, huh? You feel like no matter how big a cigar is, you have no problems handling it. Well, Gran Habano has built a cigar that would definitely negate that feeling. Don't let your ego get too damaged, as no human alive would be able to smoke this monster alone. King Kong might find it to be the perfect size though.

The cigar is appropriately named “El Gigante,” which translates to “The Giant” in English. It is 23 feet long and has a ring gauge of 1,920, which equates to 30 inches. El Gigante weighs in at a massive 1,200 pounds. The cigar was assembled in Danli, Honduras at the GR Tabacalera Unidas Factory and is filled with Gran Habano's Corojo No. 5 blend. Over 11,000 tobacco leaves make up the cigar. It took 20 days to produce with a staff of 50 people. So that El Gigante can be transported easily, it has its own rolling wooden cart as well as a covering for protection.

You might be wondering as to why on Earth Gran Habano would create such a stick. The answer is quite simple: promotion. They are planning to get the cigar into the Guinness Book of World Records as officially the “World's Largest Production Cigar” in terms of thickness. The previous record for the world's thickest cigar was 24 inches, so El Gigante would have that beat by about half a foot. The cigar is nowhere near the longest ever, as its length of 23 feet pales in comparison to the record produced by Wally and Margarita Reyes of 196.25 feet. That cigar's ring gauge was a paltry one inch, however. By getting into the Guinness books, the brand will obviously receive plenty of exposure, allowing them to further promote their regular-sized cigars. Gran Habano plans to tour El Gigante at the IPCPR show this August in New Orleans and at other events.

El Gigante is not just something to gawk at. Yes, this Godzilla of cigars can be smoked. One person can't take it all for himself. Instead, the cigar works best if smoked by 200 people at one time via hookahs that connect to a tube on the cigar's tip. I'd imagine that would be quite a surreal sight to see. If you are bold enough and have the cash, you can even order the cigar for a cool $200,000. It's hard to imagine someone ordering such a thing, but you never know the lengths people will go to impress their friends. As for the original, Gran Habano will hold a raffle at the end of the year to find a winner, with the proceeds going to charity.






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