El Rico Habano cigars are made in the Dominican Republic, formerly by Ernesto Perez Carrillo, who also made La Gloria Cubana cigars. Both brands are still made by the General Cigar Company after Ernesto's departure to start his own company. El Rico Habano cigars are made with Nicaraguan filler tobaccos and binders, and are available in several sizes with either Connecticut Broadleaf (Maduro) or Ecuadorian Sumatra (Natural) wrappers. The torpedo that I smoked had the Maduro wrapper, and measured six inches long with a ring gauge of 54.
El Rico Habano is definitely a full flavored cigar, and intended for experienced cigar smokers. The cigar has a predominantly spicy and peppery flavor, with just a touch of sweetness, and is a potent smoke all the way down to the last puff. Although I prefer the toasty taste and lower strength characteristics of La Gloria Cubana over the more powerful El Rico Habano, the latter still deserves high marks in the flavor department. Which of these two cigars you will like better is a matter of personal preference, but experienced smokers will enjoy them both.
Draw and Construction
Despite its large ring gauge, this cigar was very easy to light, and it burned evenly throughout the duration of the cigar without any relights or even touch-ups. The draw was very easy, providing a large volume of enjoyable smoke. It only took about 50 minutes to smoke this large cigar down to two inches remaining.
El Rico Habano Torpedos should cost less than $120 for a box of 25 cigars, for an average price that is still under $5 per cigar. Single cigars will be a bit more expensive. The price is definitely in the acceptable range for cigars of this high caliber. El Rico Habano cigars are recommended for more experienced smokers who enjoy full bodied cigars.