February 18, 2012

La Gloria Cubana Wavell Natural Robusto (5x50)

Video Review HERE.

This cigar provided by Cigars Direct.

 La Gloria Cubana is one of the oldest cigar companies. General Cigar's website describes La Gloria Cubana like this:

Inspired by its heritage and old world craftsmanship, La Gloria Cubana cigars debuted in Miami’s Little Havana district in 1968, where their bold taste made them a favorite among local Cuban expats. Then, in 1980, to infuse more of its bygone glory and taste, a unique combination of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos were added to the blend, making La Gloria Cubana even more full-flavored and richer tasting. Cigar lovers began to take notice. Then, in 1992, Cigar Aficionado recognized the superiority of La Gloria Cubana, giving it a 90 rating. Today, produced in the Dominican Republic with an eye on its roots in Little Havana, La Gloria Cubana is one of the most sought-after cigars in the world.

Wrapper: Ecudorian Sumatra
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican

Manufactured in the El Credito Factory in the Dominican Republic.

The cigar is a medium brown in color and feels weighty in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavor was a blast of cinnamon and nice pepper. There was a nice mix of cinnamon and vanilla initially. The finish was a creamy vanilla.

After a minute or two the flavors settled down into one of sweet, peppery cinnamon with rich orange citrus secondary notes. The finish is a sweet, creamy vanilla with a tad of lingering pepper. The ash is a very light color with a touch of gray. This cigar is starting out very nicely. Great flavors. The cigar feels like a medium bodied cigar at this point.

An inch or so in the cigar remains very rich. The dry cinnamon combines very nice with the rich orange citrus notes. The pepper is very good. The creamy, sweet vanilla finish is very pleasing with nice lingering black pepper.

Approaching the band the flavors remain consistent. I am quite surprised with this cigar. The flavors are a combination that I really like.

Wrapping up the cigar it remained quite good. The orange citrus tailed off a bit at the end but not enough to ruin the cigar. The dry cinnamon combining with the rich orange citrus made this a very enjoyable cigar and the pepper was so nice on both ends. The sweet, creamy vanilla finish was also very good. I can see myself smoking a lot more of these cigars.

Score: 91

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