Cigar Review: La Gloria Cubana Series N

Cigar Review: La Gloria Cubana Series N

 

Size: 5.5×54, JSB

Wrapper: Capa Oscuro

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Strength: Medium

Price: $6.35

Grade: 9.0

Though this cigar has been reviewed a number of times by fellow bloggers, I am just now getting it put to paper. The Serie N is the newest release from La Gloria Cubana and is a sister blend to the well received Serie R (review). Here is a bit more information from the press release:

La Gloria Cubana Serie N is the brainchild of Yuri Guillen (General Cigar Dominicana’s production manager of manufacturing) who developed this new collection in concert with Benji Menendez, Michael Giannini and Rick Rodriguez, collectively known as Team La Gloria Cubana.

This striking new collection will debut in October with four exciting new frontmarks. The JSB (5 ½ x 54) will be available for a suggested retail price of $6.35 per cigar, while the Rojo frontmark (6 ½ x 46) will sell for $6.20 per cigar. Generoso (5 ¾ x 49) will carry an SRP of $5.95 per cigar, and Glorioso (6 ½ x 58) will sell for $7 per cigar.

Now, onward!

Pre-light, 1.8:
The first thing that catches my eye regarding the Series N is the very dark Oscuro wrapper; the N placed atop is a nice presentation as well, very unique. The wrapper itself is bumpy and has a few ridges in it and a rustic look. The cigar is well packed with a nice weight in the palm. The pre-light aroma produces notes of earth and leather with a touch of sweetness at the foot. The cold draw follows the same path but the sweetness has a chocolaty hint to it.

Burn, 1.8:
The draw on this smoke is very nice and produces plenty of smoke. The burn is even and the ash holds extremely well, producing a very pleasing smoke temperature. Not much to report here, which is a good thing.

 

Flavor, 2.7:
The first puff on the Serie N produces notes of earthy tobacco with a touch of leather and some very mild sweetness and spice. The first third follows this same trend without any real change. Into the second third the cigar seems to open up just a bit with continued earthiness, sweet spice, and just a pleasant finish on the exhale. The last third introduces a bit more earthiness but the warm sweetness is still present, along with just a hint of spice.

 

Overall, 2.7:
For me, this is the best La Gloria Cubana that I have ever had. The flavors, construction, and presentation made for a very enjoyable smoke, especially at the price point offered. Pick up a few and see for yourself. This is two great releases recently for La Gloria Cubana, as I really enjoyed the Artesanos de Tabaqueros as well (review).

 

(Total: 9.0)