Review: IndianHead Cigars La Galera Connecticut

The La Galera is the first cigar line released by Jochy Blanco since he acquired IndianHead cigars.  I recently reviewed the La Galera Habano and it's in the very early running for my Cigar of the Year.  Check out that review and get more info on IndianHead cigars here.

We recently had Fabian on CigarChat and he told us all about IndianHead.

La Galera Connecticut is available in five sizes in the US.  There are three additional sizes available on the European market.  As Fabian pointed out during CigatChat, you can find these "international" sizes in the American market as well.

US Sizes

  • 5 1/8 x 50 Robusto "Chaveta"  MSRP $4.95
  • 6 x 54 Toro "El Lector" MSRP $5.75
  • 7 1/4 x 50 Churchill "Tabaquero Presidente" MSRP $6.00
  • 6 1/8 x 52 Torpedo "Cortador" MSRP $5.75
  • 5 1/4 x 60 Short Gordo "Pilones" MSRP $6.10

European Sizes

  • 5 x 38 Corona “Cepo” MSRP $3.50 USD | $3.14 Euro
  • 5.5 x 42 Corona Gorda “Bonchero No.4”  MSRP $4.50 USD | $4.03 Euro
  • 7 x 47 Churchill “Cabeza Caracol” MSRP $7.50 USD | $6.72 Euro

La Galera Connecticut

Size: 5 1/8 x 50

Vitola: "Chaveta" Robusto

Wrapper: Connecticut Ecuador 

Binder: Piloto Cubano

Filler: Dominican T-112, Piloto Cubano, Criollo 98

Production: Regular Production

MSRP: $4.95

Samples smoked for review: 2

Cigars for review were provided by IndianHead Cigars

Note: I used the CigarFederation Rating System

Pre-Light: I really love the look of the La Galera band.  I know that's not really what we're here to talk about, but it's my review and I can say what I want.  Yeah... that just happened.

So yeah, the band is great and the red and gold on the Connecticut band works really well.  The Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper had a lovely golden hue to it.  The feel of the cigar itself was solid with no spongey spots.  That aroma of the wrapper had a strong tea vibe to it.  There were notes of black tea, cedar, honey and a lemony citrus.  The cold draw was smooth on both samples and tasted of cedar, tobacco and mild black tea.

Beginning:  The La Galera Connecticut got off to a very smooth start and this was a strong indicator of things to come.  Notes of sweet cream, cedar and cinnamon tickled the palate while a nice (and rather mild) baking spice was present on the retrohale.  The aroma conjured up images of a bakery with notes of dough and sweet baking spices.  I rarely talk about aroma, but in this case there was no denying how good this cigar smelled.  

Middle:  I was hoping the flavor profile would intensify in the middle third, but that never really happened.  Sure things "thickened" up a bit, but I was hoping for a big step forward.  The profile took on notes of toasted bread and bitter to go along with the sweet cream and cedar.  The spice in the retro increased a bit, but this cigar is on the mild end of the spice-o-meter.  The flavor profile was very nice, but it was just a bit on the thin side for my taste.

End:   The final third brought the ramping up of flavor that I was looking for.  In fact, the final third of this cigar was exactly what I was hoping for.  The sweet cream and baking spice took that big step forward while the toasted bread and cedar held their ground.  The profile reminded me of buttered cinnamon toast.  I just wish it came on more strongly in the beginning of the second third so I could have enjoyed it longer.

Final Thoughts: After smoking the La Galera Habano, I had very high expectations for the Connecticut and those expectations were sort of met.  It got off to a nice smooth start and the flavors really ramped up in the final third, but the middle third left me wanting.  The price point makes this a cigar you can take a chance on.  You should be able to find a 5-pack for less than $25, so why not give it a shot?  One thing I will point out is there was none of that Dominican "twang" we talk about.

Rating: 89 aka "5-Pack Purchase"

La Galera Connecticut has some nice flavor, but the middle was a bit of a let down.  The price makes and performance make it an easy 5-pack buy.  It's a great breakfast cigar.

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Comment by Jeff M. on June 2, 2016 at 8:44am

I just got one in on Monday.  I'll keep the 'breakfast cigar' recommendation in mind.

Comment by Charlie on June 2, 2016 at 10:59am

I was impressed with the Habano...


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Comment by Jason Meyers on June 2, 2016 at 11:16am

Good review on this one. I had a very similar experience. I agree it's a solid morning coffee cigar. That habano was soo good though!


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Comment by RobbyRas on June 2, 2016 at 2:34pm

The Habano is some ESPN Next Level stuff... this Conny was solid... the price point is attractive, so I can see having a fiver around for when I feel like an early morning smoke...

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