San Cristobal De La Habana Prado
San Cristobal De La Habana Prado is an exclusive for the La Casa del Habano network and Havana Cigar Specialists. Presented in SBN boxes, each containing ten cigars measuring 5” (127mm) x 50 ring gauge, this size is known as a Petit Piramide in the factories of Cuba. It is not present in any other brand within the Habanos regular portfolio.
In keeping with the tradition of the San Cristobal brand to name its vitolas after iconic landmarks in Cuba, El Prado pays tribute to a very famous street in the city of Havana.
The unique size serves all of the classic, well-balanced light to medium-bodied aromas that have helped make the brand such a favorite among enthusiasts since it was launched 20 years ago in 1999.
San Cristobal De La Habana Prado Appearance
The Nicaraguan Habano wrapper of the San Cristobal De La Habana Prado has a medium to dark brown color with a slight Colorado tint. There is also a slight amount of mottling on the surface of the wrapper. The wrapper itself does not have much in the way of oil on it. There are both visible veins and visible wrapper seams on the surface.
The San Cristobal De La Habana Prado has a black gold and pale yellow color scheme. The upper center of the band has a pale yellow field with gold adornments and black trim. On the field is the text “HAVANA” in black font. The lower third of the band is mostly black with the text “San Cristobal” in gold font. On the lower part of the band is a pale yellow stripe with the number “2” in black font.
San Cristobal De La Habana Prado Pre-Light Draw
Prior to lighting up the San Cristobal De La Habana Prado Swing, a straight cut is used to remove the cap. Once the cap is removed, it is on to the pre-light draw experience. The cold draw delivers notes of earth, natural tobacco, and a slight floral note.
This isn’t the most exciting pre-light draw, but since the pre-light draw is not scored, there is no loss of points here. At this point, it is time to light up the San Cristobal De La Habana Prado Swing and see what the smoking experience would have in store.
San Cristobal De La Habana Prado Flavour
The San Cristobal De La Habana Prado Swing starts with a combination of natural tobacco, earth, cream, red licorice, and red pepper. Early on the natural tobacco and red licorice move into the forefront with the earth, cream, and red pepper settling in the background.
As the Gran Retorno Habano Swag moves through the first third, the red licorice note diminishes into the background leaving the natural tobacco as the sole primary note. Meanwhile, there is an additional layer of red pepper on the retro-hale.
As the San Cristobal De La Habana Prado Swing moves through the second third, the natural tobacco remains grounded as the primary note. By the midway point of the cigar experience, the licorice and cream notes dissipate leaving the earth and red pepper notes as the secondary notes.
There isn’t much change going into the final third. The natural tobacco notes remain at the forefront. The red pepper and earth notes remain in the background.
The red pepper notes are more prominent than at any other point during the smoking experience, but they still are not overpowering. This is the way the San Cristobal De La Habana Prado Swag same to a close. The resulting nub is soft to the touch and cool in temperature.
San Cristobal De La Habana Prado Burn
The San Cristobal De La Habana Prado Swing score nicely when it came to the burn. The cigar has no problems maintaining a straight burn path and straight burn line without an excessive amount of touch-ups. The resulting ash is firm with multiple shades of gray color to it. As for the burn rate and burn temperature, both had ideal levels.
San Cristobal De La Habana Prado Draw
The draw to the San Cristobal De La Habana Prado Swing also scored nicely. The cigar has a touch of resistance to it – which is something. At the same time, this is a low-maintenance cigar to derive flavor from.
San Cristobal De La Habana Prado Strength and Body
In terms of strength and body, the San Cristobal De La Habana Prado Swing starts out medium. As the cigar progresses there isn’t much in the way of variance of the intensity levels, so as a result, the cigar remains medium strength and medium-bodied from start to finish. Both the strength and body balance each other nicely with neither attribute overshadowing the other.
Final Thoughts about San Cristobal De La Habana Prado
This is consistent with all of the sizes and blends under the Oliveros Gran Retorno line. This is a well-constructed cigar that delivers nice flavor. In terms of complexity, I don’t find this cigar offered as much as its Connecticut and Maduro counterparts.
In the end, this is a very approachable Habana blend that could recommend to a wide range of cigar enthusiasts. You can buy this San Cristobal De La Habana Prado at Stogies & More.