Origin : Cuba
Format : Doble Robusto
Size : 155 x 20 mm (6.1 x 50)
Ring : 50
Release : 2008
Price : $20+
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I would like to thank Sautter Cigars for providing me with a sampler of these Regional Editions. This shop is a great source of rare, vintage and limited Cuban cigars.
La Gloria Cubana Gloriosos is a Regional Edition specially made by Habanos SA for the UK market. It was supposed to be released in 2008 but only appeared on the market in January 2009 because of the delays caused by brothers Gustav, Ike and Paloma. Only 2040 boxes of 10 cigars were made.
La Gloria Cubana is not a trendy brand. The cigars are not known to the general public and with this Regional Release Simon Chase, from Hunters & Frankau (the distributor of Cuban cigars in the UK), wanted to give it a second life.
With its moderate veining, natural color and a redesigned band, the cigar looks really good. It exhales a lovely smell of honey. I clipped the end and discovered a spicy pre-draw with dominant notes of dry wood.
The Gloriosos had a very comfortable draw and burned well in most cases (I had to correct the burn a couple of times). It produced decent quantities of smoke and the ash was easy to handle, falling in the ashtray at my command.
After I easily lit the cigar, the first pulls were quite spicy and complex. In the first third the Gloriosos delivers a mature tobacco flavor with some black pepper in the background, the smoke is medium-bodied, almost mild. As it wakes up, I notice more and more woody notes appear. The smoke is very smooth and has a spectacular length along with a pleasant aftertaste. I appreciate the construction that allows me to smoke slowly. The complexity increases in the second third with the addition of coffee flavors. I am surprised to see that apart from the initial slight increase in power, the cigar stays medium-bodied - until the very end, characterized by a considerable complexity.
Unfortunately, the tobacco taxes in the United Kingdom probably made a lot of aficionados give up their passion. At 18 £ a piece, one must be able to afford it.
Overall Rating :
I was pleasantly surprised by this cigar. Soothing, with a long finish, the Gloriosos left a good impression by being quite different from cigars that I smoke on a regular basis. With its remarkable complexity, it should be able to age really well. I am really tempted by a box of 10...