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I recently smoked the Gran Habano Vintage 2004 Connecticut XO, a great cigar at an exceptional value. I have provided my full review below. This content uses referral links.

Gran Habano Vintage 2004 Connecticut XO

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A recent shipment from Cigar of the Month included the Gran Habano Vintage 2004 Connecticut XO. This was a great cigar at an even better price.

Gran Habano Vintage 2004 

A Honduran cigar made with a diverse range of fillers, a Nicaraguan binder, and a Connecticut wrapper, this cigar is a mild yet distinctly delicious cigar.

Cigar of the Month recommends pairing it with an IPA. As is my habit when tasting cigars, however, I enjoyed mine with a good cup of coffee. They went together fine.

In my grading system and review below, I have adopted the Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado method. It provides an excellent system for keeping track of my favorite smokes, and I recommend it to any cigar smoker.

Look of the Label

As the picture indicates, the label was detailed yet eloquent and not over the top. It was well done.

3/3 points

Condition of the Cigar 

The Gran Habano Vintage 2004 Connecticut XO was well constructed and nearly flawless. I could not find anything of substance to criticize on it, as it was an exquisite cigar.

7/7 points

Feel of the Cigar 

I found the cigar to be too spongy like it was rolled just a bit too loosely. Nonetheless, it was consistent throughout, so I did not have too much concern about issues with the burn.

2/3 points

Aroma of the Wrapper 

The pre-lit cigar smelled terrific. I picked up hints of cream and cedar as part of an incredibly smooth aroma.

3/3 points

The Cut 

The cut was perfect. I was able to slice off the cap quickly and without issue, leaving the structure of the cigar completely intact.

1/1 point

The Light 

The Gran Habano Vintage 2004 Connecticut XO lit up fairly easily and without much issue.

1/1 point

The Draw 

The draw on this cigar was perfect from beginning to end. This can be a difficult feat to pull off with fatter cigars like this one, but the Gran Habano Vintage 2004 Connecticut XO managed to do it.

5/5 points


I picked up cedar on the retrohale. The Gran Habano Vintage 2004 Connecticut XO was incredibly smooth and passed through my sinuses without any issue or irritation.

9/9 points

Gran Habano Vintage 2004’s Flavor 

On the cold draw, the Gran Habano Vintage 2004 Connecticut XO had hints of cream and cedar.

After I lit up, cream dominated. It was a light, smooth smoke. The flavor profile was nothing overly impressive, but it was delicious nonetheless.

18/21 points

Aroma of the Smoke 

After the initial light, the cigar’s smoke smelled of cedar and a bit of pepper. It was very mellow and smooth, but it was a bit bitter.

6/7 points

The Burn 

The cigar burned perfectly throughout the smoke. I had no issues with this cigar here.

2/2 points

The Ash 

The ash was great on this cigar. It was able to maintain its ash for an extended period without sluffing off, providing that elusive aesthetically pleasing smoke that I like so much.

1/1 point

Effect of the Smoke 

I know that this is a bit of an odd category to consider. As the author of The Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado notes, however, if the best-tasting cigar in the world makes you sick, it’s not a great cigar for you. 

This area is, therefore, very personal. Some low-quality cigars will make most people sick. Still, when you’re talking about premium cigars, different people will react differently to different cigars.

The Gran Habano Vintage 2004 Connecticut XO left me feeling mellow and relaxed, and I, therefore, have no complaints here.

30/30 points

Gran Habano Vintage 2004’s Tobacco 

At one point during the smoke, a flake of loose tobacco did find its way into my mouth.

6/7 points

Gran Habano Vintage 2004 Bonus Points

The Gran Habano Vintage 2004 Connecticut XO had that elusively strong ash that I so like but have such a difficult time finding. For that, I thought it deserved an extra point. +1

Gran Habano Vintage 2004 Final Grade

Overall this was a great cigar at an even better price. At $3.50 per stick, I decided to buy a box. I’ve been working through them over the summer. This is just a great cigar, and I’m glad that I came across it. 

Final Grade: 95 / A

Cigar of the Month Club   

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