Ernesto-Perez Carrillo teamed up with General Cigar Co. to create a special La Gloria Cubana blend. It is based on a blend he created in the 1980's. In case you don't know, General Cigar Co. bought La Gloria Cubana from Ernesto in 1999 and he stayed on board until 2009 and eventually went out on his own. This cigar however, is supposed to keep with the original spirit of the LGC brand.
La Gloria Cubana Colleccion Reserva
Wrapper: Ecudorian Sumatra
Cigars smoked for review: 2
Cigars for review provided by: General Cigar Co.
Prelight: The wrapper has a strong smell of molasses with notes of hay and powdered cocoa as well. The foot is dominated by the hay and molasses notes with the addition of grains. The cold draw is smooth and clear, with notes of molasses, hay, and grains. No surprise there at this point.
Beginning: The first few puffs are very smokey tasting, mostly wood smoke but with a hint of BBQ. This smokey profile dominates the palate here. The hay, grain, and molasses notes come through here too, just with a smokey overtone. The retro hale provides a nice burn and a deepening of the flavors. The burn is precise, leaving a tight ash and producing thick smoke.
Middle: The second third continues in a similar manor, but the flavor has changed to more of a dark, smoked honey note. The retro hale here adds a creamy cedar note and has a nice burn on the nostrils. At this point I would like to point out that the ash is still hanging on since first light. The end of this third starts to taste like Corn Flakes, with a muted black pepper note on the tongue from the finish.
End: No surprise here, as the profile is still smokey and mild. But the hay and grain notes are not present, instead they have been replaced with an almost fruity flavor. Though be it a very muted, mild fruitiness. The very end sees the return of the grain notes and adds a bready, sourdough flavor. And just the slightest hint of rep pepper.
Final Thoughts: Not a bad cigar at all. It was a steady medium in strength and body throughout. Tons of smoke, no need for touch ups, and a consistently even burn and solid ash. Not much more to ask for. The flavor profile is what fell short for me. It just didn’t give me what I look for in a cigar. But, if it sounds like your style, thenI would definitely give this one a try.
Rating: 85 AKA “A Couple”