Gran Habano’s middle name is consistency. Their cigars hail from Honduras but the generations of the Rico family, its founder, come from Colombia. The Gran Habano legacy is founded in its family atmosphere.
Father and son, Guillermo and George Rico, worked side by side developing the cigars. The family had been in the tobacco industry since the 1920’s when Guillermo’s grandfather tended to tobacco fields.
In 1946, Guillermo’s father gained responsibility for the tobacco fields. Guillermo’s childhood was full of vivid memories in the tobacco fields which instilled in him a passion for the trade. When it became Guillermo’s turn to run the farm he expanded the business, selling tobacco to notable tobacconists like the Oliva family in Tampa, FL. The Rico family became known for producing cultivations of premium tobacco.
Guillermo moved to the United States in 1995 and settled in Miami, Florida. Guillermo took the business to new heights by producing their own cigars. In 1998, they opened a factory in Danli, Honduras and started STC Cigar Manufacturers.
Throughout the years, Guillermo purchased other farms in Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, and Nicaragua. These farms, along with the factory, gave Guillermo control over the entire production of his cigars, from leaf to box. In 2003, the Gran Habano brand was formed to sell a variety of long-filler cigars, from mild to full-bodied strength.
The philosophy behind the Gran Habano brand stresses that the creation of a great cigar should be fueled by honesty and a passion for quality. Guillermo also believes a slow growth, much like the cigar process which takes several years, is essential to maintain the success of the brand. Originality is also a key character of the brand’s behavior and attitude.
George Rico took a hiatus from Gran Habano in 2008 to create his own brand of cigars known as G.A.R. George returned to the family operation in 2010 and expanded the brand lines with Azteca and STK, which stands for Stay True Kid.
Gran Habano is not scared to be considered an outlier. They use untraditional tobaccos, such as the Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper on their STK Barracuda Maduro. The STK Barracudas is also notable as it is one of the first cigar lines rolled in the Gran Habano factory in Miami, known as GR Tabacaleras Company.
In 2010, they rolled one of the largest cigars in the world measuring 19 feet in length, 3 feet in diameter and weighing 1,600 pounds. In that same year, Corona Cigar Company showcased the colossal cigar in their Orlando, Florida shop in protest of the Mayor’s stringent tobacco restrictions. Jeff Borysiewicz, the owner of Corona Cigar Co., is quoted “Since county employees are only allowed to smoke four cigars a year, we figured it might as well be the biggest cigar in the world.”
The Miami factory offers unique opportunities for cigar connoisseurs. In addition to the seminars hosted by George, attendees can blend and roll their very own cigars. George refers to it as making a sandwich and dubbed it the “Gar Deli concept”.
While they are always looking to innovate, Gran Habano cigars remain a dependable smoke. Each handcrafted cigar is tested in a Drawmaster machine to ensure each cigar has a pleasurable draw. This level of dedication to consistency is second to none.
Gran Habano caters to every preference, whether it’s based on size, strength, or novelty. A Gran Habano cigar can offer something other cigars do not. Pick one up can and experience their impeccable quality for yourself.


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