La Gloria Cubana Serie R No. 5 Maduro

La Gloria Cubana Serie R No. 5

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Gloria Cubana
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 1/2 x 54
Ring : 54
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5 each
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Wow!! This is one of those smokes I went into thinking was going to be just OK. Boy, was I wrong. This is a great stick for the price.

Appearance : ★★☆☆☆
Pretty ugly. Yep, it’s not the nicest stick appearance wise. Take a look at the pre-light picture and you will notice that this cigar is not too straight, has a few abnormalities and is really bumpy. However, one good thing is the big, colorful band that offsets the dark, chocolate wrapper of this fat boy. This stogie certainly won’t win any beauty pageants.
 
Construction : ★★★★★
If you can forget appearance, this is actually a fairly well-constructed cigar. Yes, it’s not too straight and it’s bumpy, but the rest is above average. There are minimal wrap lines and the draw is perfect. Take a look at the burn picture and note the ash holding strong more than half-way into the smoke. I have to give this cigar five stars in this category, as the smoke itself was effortless. There were no touch-ups or relights and the stick burned nicely to the nub.

La Gloria Cubana Serie R No. 5

Flavor : ★★★★☆
Here’s where this cigar shines. Although it’s an inexpensive to moderate priced smoke, it is both satisfying and complex. You get a blast of pepper to start, which is immediately followed by nice earthy, leathery tastes. I have noticed other reviews mentioning the absence of sweetness, but mine exhibited a nice chocolate taste probably a third of the way into the experience. The second half picked up in strength and the peppery spice in the cigar started to prevail. Of course, the earthy undertones remained and, to my delight, I detected various parched nut flavors. My only knock on this stick, flavor wise, is a little bitterness, or harshness. It wasn’t enough to devalue the experience, but it was present.

Value : ★★★★☆
At $5 a stick, this is a no-brainer. It’s a very enjoyable, satisfying smoke and is full of flavors. Actually, in looking back at my notes, the only real flavor I didn’t notice was coffee. With the types exhibited, I expected a coffee taste in the second half, but it wasn’t present. Regardless, there are plenty to enjoy.

Overall Rating : ★★★★☆
I really enjoyed this stogie. The relative cheapness of it caused me to go out and pick up a few more in various vitolas. I can’t wait to smoke them!

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9 Comments on “La Gloria Cubana Serie R No. 5 Maduro”

  1. A really enjoyable smoke. I should really smoke them more often. They aren’t $5 a stick around here though. Usually about $8 a stick, and at that price they aren’t as attractive to me.

  2. The Serie R Maduro is the only LGC that I really enjoy. There is a tobacco store here that gets these in every once in awhile. They usually go for $6 even.

  3. I think you hit this one on the head – ugly, but flavorful. It did get a bit strong for me at the halfway point, so I had to take it slower after that though.

  4. Hands down one of my favorite sticks, maybe just behind the La Gloria Cubana Serie R No. 7 Maduro.
    I have three La Gloria Cubana Serie R 2005 Limitadas and two Serie R 2003 Limitadas in my humidor, I have as well. I wish LGC would do another Limitada….

  5. bryanjpino@yahoo.com says:

    Great cigar. They are around $8 a stick in my part also. It was not as strong as I would expect from a maduro version. It had a even smoke all the way to the nub.

  6. Just had one today. Thought it was great. Nice even burn. If I wouldn’t have knocked the ash off I don’t know how long it would have burned. Nice cigar.

  7. Just finished up a Serie R. with a couple buddies in Afghanistan. Really enjoyed the cigar…rich, creamy smoke and very distinguishable flavor. The cigar started sweet with soft leather and progressed to a spicier, nutty flavor. It went great with a chilled coffee (cold water mixed with instant coffee and sugar- we do what we can in a war zone!). I’ll definitely start to keep a few of these on hand in the humidor.

  8. Chris Singletary says:

    This is my second favorite cigar just behind the La Flor Dominica, Colorado Escuro. A smooth but very flavorable cigar with lots of complexity and a lingering after smell that is pleasent and not stale. A perfect compliment to a bourbon on the rocks or bourbon and coke.

    If you like these you will also like a Casa Magna as well in both the colorado or escuro versions.

  9. I agree this is now my favorite cigar. I got it as a gift,one look and I said yuck. What a surprise. I agree totally with the review.

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