Cigar Review: La Gloria Cubana

LGC_1

Size: 5×50, Robusto (Wavell)

Wrapper: Ecuadorian

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Dominican & Nicaraguan

Strength: Medium

Price: Box of 25, $76.99

Grade: 8.5

LGC_3Known as one of the strongest cigars produced in the Dominican Republic, the La Gloria Cubana is available in Natural and Maduro, is rolled in 23 sizes, and is produced by El Credito, in Little Havana and the Dominican, for General Cigar. The full size chart is available here. Today we are reviewing the Natural.

This line’s greatest claim to rating fame is a 98 from Cigar Aficionado, which was for the Torpedo; La Gloria Cubana is oft regarded as the all star of the 90s cigar boom and was originally created by Ernesto Perez Carrillo; the brand was later bought out and placed beneath the enormous umbrella that is General Cigars. Carrillo has of course since left General and recently formed EP Carrillo, releasing the Edicion Inaugural and Short Run to date.

La Gloria Cubana has received some recent attention with the newly released Artesanos de Tabaqueros, which bears a double wrapper similar to the Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta.

*****

Humid days and nights have arrived here in South Georgia but all is well with the crickets and frogs singing. I picked this cigar for review when I realized we have yet to review a La Gloria Cubana, even though I have enjoyed this line and the Series R in the past. This Wavell has been resting for some time in my humidor and I decided to fire it up after a nice dinner with friends.

Now, on to the toast.

Pre-light, 1.7:
The medium brown Ecuadorian wrapper is somewhat veiny but is smooth to the touch otherwise. The cigar is tightly packed and topped off with a triple cap at the head. I have always liked the band on the La Gloria Cubanas, they are eye-catching and remind me of classic Cuban style labels. The pre-light aroma is of tobacco and new leather and there is also a hint of sweetness that drifts into the nose. The cold draw is a little tight and I have trouble picking up anything except light tobacco with some spice at the end.

Burn, 1.7:
The cigar cut well with my Cuban Crafters cutter and after toasting it is producing an adequate amount of smoke in no time. The draw is good and really opens up after lighting. The ash does not hold well at all but is consistent in color and never flowered. The smoked temperature is good and the cigar requires no touch ups or re-lights during the ninety minute smoke time.

Flavor, 2.5:
The first puff on the Wavell produces notes of green tobacco with a hint of spice on the exhale. I will not break this cigar into thirds, as it never really transitions. The entire smoke is comprised of clean tobacco, is really light on the palate, and has a medium finish. There are notes of a mild sweetness here and there but otherwise it is just a steady tobacco profile leaning to the citrus side of things. I tried resting the cigar a bit longer and exhaling through the nose but I just could not coax any additional defining notes for the profile.

LGC_2Overall, 2.6:
Ok, so for around three dollars a stick this is not a flavor bomb, but it is well constructed and will hit the spot in certain situations. There are other smokes out there at this price point that I think are better buys for sure, but this isn’t a dud by any means. Pick a couple up for variety if you haven’t already tried them. They are easy to find and fit the mold of a decent smoke when needed.

(Total: 8.5)

One comment

  1. What’s up with the inconsistency with La Gloria Cubana cigars. I’ve been smoking them for 15 years and over the last 2 years it’s become a guessing game. Maduro’s are sometimes great and about 30% of the time and hey have an unpleasant taste before lighting

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