An overused term.There are many here who know more than me, but my understanding is it’s tobacco grown from Cuban seed.
I think this is a great question ... a lot of tobacco actually comes from Cuban origins , including corojo, criollo, “habano”, and if you ask nick mellilio he talks about Cuban seed Connecticut broadleaf... but the term “habano” feels more loose then just the varietal of tobacco leaf. I don’t have a feel for it either... other than to call it a brown /reddish wrapper typically not light ( though there is Claro and oscuro variants)
I am not good enough to tell the difference between criollo, corojo, habano ( just by sight/ no band) myself... so maybe someone out there can lend their expertise...
It's when someone grows cuban seed and is too lazy to say nicaraguan/dominican/ecuadorian/etc grown cuban seed wrapper and they want stupid people to believe that it is cuban heritage wrappers.
Some places will pronounce that it is 'Habano' because it is grown, aged and fermented in the "traditional cuban ways". Which, of course is BS.
That being said, there is a difference in taste between the Nica Habano and Ecuadorian Habano, in my opinion. Just like their is taste differences in the different regions, because of soil, climate, etc.
Like what you like and don't believe the hype.