May 1, 2018
Origin : Cuba
Format : Británicas Extra
Size : 5 3/8” (137mm
Ring : 48
Price : $NA
Draw : [rating:3/6]
Burn : [rating:4/6]
Flavour : [rating:4.5/6]
Aroma : [rating:5/6]
Strength : [rating:4/6]
The UK market has always been a historical cigar destination. Its distributor, Hunters And Frankau, constantly fight for the cigar smokers rights. When it comes to regional edition they have always designed great vitolas. The last Regional Edition in the UK was the fantastic Juan Lopez Selection Superba. This was the 2016 release. There the La Gloria Cubana Britanicas Extra is theoretically their 2017 release which should come out soon (2018).
In 2013 they have released the wonderful Bolivar Britanicas Extra which quickly became a collector item but more importantly a great cigar. I guess the success of this previous release convinced Hunters and Frankau on using the same vitola for this La Gloria Cubana.
I really love this shape. So elegant visually and really enjoy smoking on a medium ring gauge cigar.
As I cut the cigar and tried the pre draw I noticed it was a bit tight. Not plugged but tight pre draw.
The first few puffs confirmed the pre draw. Not much smoke coming out of the cigar at the beginning. Slowly increasing and expressing a very sweet flavour and leathery texture.
The strength is medium to full, quite punchy to start. The finish is very dry but the flavours are developing really well. A big contrast between the flavours and the finish but of course this is to take with pinch of salt as this Gloria Cubana Britanicas Extra is not released yet and will be release to the market with a bit of ageing. This will soften the blend hopefully.
As the cigar is a bit tight the amount of smoke is low.
The second part soften already, very smooth and soft on the palate. No acidity so the finish is not that long and the dry feeling from the beginning is almost gone. The leathery texture is present and flavours reminding me of salty caramels are developing. I really enjoy this salty feel on the tip of the tongue. You feel a big potential but as he cigar is young the flavours aren’t expressing themselves fully. The great hints being given during this tasting already gives me the envy to smoke that cigar again next year to see the development.
To finish off, not much development, shame the cigar was a bit tight as the flavours were slow to open and sometimes too subtle to be fully appreciated. On the other hand the cigar burnt perfectly well all throughout the smoke.
Overall I enjoyed the Gloria Cubana Britanicas Extra but was frustrated it was too tight. Can’t wait to light another one soon and will review it as well to see if it changes.
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