In recent years, Gran Habano has rolled out a booth that I always find to be one of the most distinct on the floor, not particularly for its design or layout but for the illuminated red and white panels that line the sides. I’m not sure what it is, but they just call me in.

Gran Habano Booth IPCPR 2016

Gran Habano has been working on and announcing its new releases since almost the first of the year, with a few having already hit the market. The company has one completely new line, an extension to its Persian King line, some new sizes for its core lines and a pair of samplers.

Gran Habano Corojo Number 5 New Sizes IPCPR 2016

Gran Habano Corojo #5 New Sizes

Gran Habano announced that new, smaller sizes would be added to its Corojo #5 line several months ago, but they would first make their debut via a the La Colección de Elegancia sampler. Now, they will be available on their own.

  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler:Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Colombia
  • Gran Habano Corojo #5 Corona (6 x 44) — $6.60 (Box of 20, $132)
  • Gran Habano Corojo #5 Figurado #200 (5 x 48) — $7 (Box of 20, $140)
  • Gran Habano Corojo #5 Petit Corona (5 1/2 x 42) — $6 (Box of 20, $120)

Launch Date: Now shipping

Production: Regular production

Gran Habano La Conquista IPCPR 2016

La Conquista

La Conquista, one of Gran Habano’s new blends, has been on the radar since December 2015, and it began shipping prior to the show. It’s a traditional-style cigar, with production handled by the company’s G.R. Tabacaleras Unidas S.A. factory in Honduras.

  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler:Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Colombia
  • La Conquista Gran Robusto (6 x 54) — $8.50 (Box of 20, $170)
  • La Conquista Imperial (6 x 60) — $9 (Box of 20, $180)
  • La Conquista Robusto (5 x 52) — $8 (Box of 20, $160)

Launch Date: date

Production: X Boxes of X Cigars

Gran Habano Los Tres Reyes IPCPR 2016

Los Tres Reyes Magos

Gran Habano has combined three of its most popular blends into the always eye-catching limited release culebra, with one each of the Connecticut #1, Maduro #3 and Corojo #5 in a slender 7 x 32 vitola. The name translates as The Three Wise Men.

  • Los Tres Reyes Magos Culebra (7 x 32) — $10 (Box of 10, $100)

Launch Date: Limited release before Aug. 8, full rollout by November.

Production: Limited production

Imperial Assorted Sampler Value Pack

Each Imperial Assorted Sampler Value Pack comes with one Gran Habano Connecticut #1, one Habano #3, and two Corojo #5 cigars, each in the 6 x 60 Imperial vitola. The sampler was available for shipping prior to the trade show starting, but this will be the first look that many retailers get at it.

MSRP: $24.46.

Gran Habano La Coleccion de Elegancia IPCPR 2016

La Colección de Elegancia

If you were really wanting to try the new sizes of the Corojo #5 blend before they were released on their own, hopefully your local retailer ordered the La Colección de Elegancia sampler when it was released in early May. Inside each box are 50 cigars, split up into 10 each of the Lunch Break (4 1/2 x 40), Petite Corona (5 1/2 x 42), Corona (6 x 44), Lancero (7 1/2 x 38) and Figuado #200 (5 x 48).

MSRP: $280

Launch Date: May 2016

Production: 1,000 Samplers of 50 Cigars

Gran Habano Persian King Maduro IPCPR 2016

Persian King Maduro

The Persian King line—an unbanded product of Gran Habano–has been around for several years, and now there is a maduro version available. The line began shipping in late June.

  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown Maduro
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler:Nicaragua
  • Gran Habano Persian King Rajah (6 x 50) — $5.12 (Box of 50, $256)
  • Gran Habano Persian King Tiger (6 x 60) — $6.18 (Box of 50, $309)

Launch Date: June 2016

Production: Regular production

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2016 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.