La Gloria Cubana Serie R No. 5 Maduro

La Gloria Cubana Serie R No. 5 Maduro

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Gloria Cubana
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.50″ x 54
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Dominican, Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $7 each

Introduced in 1999, the LGC Serie R is Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr.’s full-bodied offering for fans of the Dominican La Gloria Cubana cigars. They are made in the El Credito factory for General Cigar. The Serie R is available in 5 sizes and each is available with a natural Ecuadorian Sumatran wrapper or a Connecticut Broad Leaf Maduro wrapper. All that is except for the Belicoso which is available in the natural wrapper only. The sizes are…

  • No. 4 – 4.875″ x 52 ring
  • No. 5 – 5.5″ x 54 ring
  • No. 6 – 5.875″ x 60 ring
  • No.7 – 7.0″ x 58 ring
  • Belicoso – 5.75″ x 56 ring (natural only)

These cigars carry some serious size with not a single one coming in with less than a 52 ring guage. Today I am smoking the No. 5 maduro. I guess you could call it a toro, or a double robusto, or a robusto extra, or just a regular ole robusto. Take your pick.

The wrapper is a very dark, mottled brown. It’s bumpy, veiny, leathery, and rustic. This is a well filled firm cigar with a good draw and a straight burn and it produces plenty of thick white smoke. Flavor wise there really is much to talk about. It has a very generic sweet maduro flavor that never really changes. It is not a bad cigar but it is a little boring. This cigar could be a good intro to maduros for a new cigar smoker, but it doesn’t have much to offer more experienced smokers. It is not a full bodied smoke by my standards either. When I think full bodied, I think Tatuaje, Cruzado, VSG, or La Flor Dominicana. This cigar is medium-bodied at best. I had hoped to get more from this cigar. At the beginning I thought maybe there was some potential in this cigar but it just fell flat as I smoked through it. I could see reaching for one of these for a day on the golf course or mowing the lawn if I happened to have a few laying around. When it comes down to it, this cigar is just not my cup of tea…

One Comment on “La Gloria Cubana Serie R No. 5 Maduro”

  1. It may be that things have improved dramatically since ’09, because my recent experience is vastly different than this review. This is an immensely flavorful smoke, the firmest ash I’ve ever experienced, beautiful, even burn, perfect draw, great smoke. I’m buying more!

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