October 14, 2008
Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Grand Robusto
Size : 152 x 20 mm
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : 6.00€
As it sometimes happens, I didn’t find the cigar I was looking for in my local B&M and ended up buying something else. This ‘something else’ is El Credito Serie R Grand Robusto and it was probably chosen because of its looks. Furthermore, I usually like Dominican cigars, although they are often very mild. El Credito turned out to be a medium-bodied, mostly wooden stick.
Appearance : [rating:5/5]
It is a definite winner for me. Attractive brown wrapper and a very beautiful band (I especially like the light blue/gold color combination).
Construction : [rating:4.5/5]
Decent construction, although the burn could have been more regular. It produced moderate amounts of smoke.
Flavor : [rating:4/5]
As already stated, the cigar is mostly woody. After just a hint of spice in the beginning, a comfortable cedary taste sets in. It was a pleasure to pair it up with a capuccino. I also found some chocolate notes in the second third but overall there is not much evolution in this cigar.
Value : [rating:3.5/5]
6 € is a bit more than I’m willing to pay for a non-premium non-Cuban cigar.
Overall Rating : [rating:4.5/5]
Overall, a nice woody cigar to smoke while chatting with friends and/or playing cards. You won’t need to concentrate on the taste too much.
February 2, 2012
I have purchased cigars from US (online at Famous smoke), including El Rico Habano, Joya de Nicaragua Antano, Padron and others… Great service from Famous, great cigars, well packed, no problems, but my government KILLS me with taxes on tobbacco products, they even taxed me on the shipping cost and also on smokes I got free as samples. I have made at least 15 US purchases online and never had problems, but then one day, they really ripped me off, without notice or anything. So now, unless I travel to US or have someone come to visit, I dont buy smokes from US, even if the price is attractive. When you add up shipping, plus customs plus taxes, the cost rises too much. Now I just buy online inside EU or at local B&M.
November 1, 2011
I got it at a 5,50 € piece in France, and I think it is a very good deal ! Rich, very easy draw, various tastes I can’t identify as I am a newbie in cigar smoking (less than 1 year) but it’s smooth and worth the price !
August 5, 2011
THE cigar hve à Nice aftertaste.
January 27, 2011
In Belgium these babies cost 8.50 EUR. Gonna smoke one in a sec.
September 8, 2010
BTW, does anybody know for certain that La Gloria Cubana is exactly the same cigar? Looking at the exchange rate, this might be interesting to purchase online then. Does anyone in Europe have experience with importing cigars from the US? Is there loss of flavour?
Now in the Netherlands it is for sale as a robusto as well, as it was previously only available as a Rothshield. A very good smoke, bought my second box of 25 yesterday, but at a premium price to the one mentioned. In the Netherlands we pas EUR 7,50 for the Robusto, the Rothshield is about EUR 9 if I’m not mistaking. Both a pleasure to smoke, I must say.
July 12, 2010
Although not fully familiar with every cigar which is around (but who is), I found it a very good cigar, one of the best I’ve smoked. I’ve had (and still have) Cohiba Piramides, Romeo y Jullieta (Churchill) and all kind of other brands, but this one easily reaches a top 5 spot. Personally the only downside is that it’s not for sale as a Robusto. This can be a bit heavy smoke and due to it’s size not really suitable as an in-between smoke! Besides that, a really rich flavoured cigar!
February 14, 2009
Very interesting that we in the US know this cigar as La Gloria Cubana,it is one of my very favorites.Much less costly here,and generally high quality and very tasty.Try the Wavell in maduro,all of the vitolas have a different blend,and many sizes of La Gloria cigars are available.There are even La Gloria’s made in the US, in Miami,Fla.at the old factory site,available from Mike’s cigars in Miami.I would be happy to help you aquire these delightful cigars if you cannot get them elsewhere.There is a sister brand labeled El Rico Habano that is much fuller in character if you prefer a stronger cigar,they are also affordable,although there are fewer vitola’s produced,mostly from 48 ring to 54 I think.I just found this site while looking thru listings for El Credito,and was surprised to learn that La Gloria is marketed outside the US as El Credito….
January 26, 2009
i was looking at el credito this morning . might have to pick up some .
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