La Gloria Cubana announced earlier this year they would be adding a Maduro extension on to the Serie R Esteli and Serie R Black lines. The Serie R Esteli Maduro released as a physical store brand, while the Serie R Black Maduro was online ordering only.
The Serie R Esteli Maduro is available in three vitolas, and 18 count boxes. The No. 54 (6x54), No. 60 (6x60), and the No. 64 (6-1/4x54).
Check out my video review here:
I opted for my Xikar v-cutter, which is really my standard for draw testing during cigar reviews. The draw is towards the open end of the spectrum.
On the nose I’m smelling a lot of spicy cedar, but not much else. On the foot just sweet tobacco. Overall I found the nose quite soft compared to what I was expecting.
Initial draws are quite light and subdued, as I pick up some spices and sweetness. The retrohale is creamy with some earthiness. Some cedar comes through on the retrohale as the Serie R Esteli Maduro starts to settle in. Overall the flavors here are at most a light plus on the strength scale.
The broadleaf sweetness from the wrapper starts to show up, along with some leather in the post draw, at about the 15 minute mark.
As the Serie R Esteli Maduro transitions to the middle third I’m getting some sweet cedar on the retrohale with creamy spice on the regular draw, with all of the flavors moving up to a medium minus in strength. The sweetness continues to evolve into a rich, baked good like, almost buttery sweetness. At the halfway point the cedar becomes a drying cedar, now carrying into the post draw with some bitterness on the edges. Some chocolate notes start to develop, offsetting the cedar as the bitterness falls off.
As the cigar migrates to the final third the bitterness starts to come back, and then falls off again. The profile is very balanced with all the previous flavors playing in. Once the last third has established itself, a spicy cedar takes over the profile pushing the creaminess and chocolate aside. I get some light floral notes at the halfway point of the last third.
Total smoking time 1 hour and 43 minutes.
The Serie R Esteli Maduro is going to have a very wide appeal, because the flavors don’t overwhelm, and it makes for a very easy smoking cigar.
Unfortunately it’s those very same qualities that didn’t grab me during the review.