LA GLORIA CUBANA RETRO EXPECIALE
Size:6 1/2 x 58
Country of Origin:Dominican Republic
Wrapper Leaf Type;Connecticut
PRE LIGHT;The band has a retro look and the boxes that these cigars are packed in are a revived version of an old box from the original El Credito factory in the Dominican Republic. The wrapper is a Connecticut seed tobacco cultivated and cross-bred in Honduras. The filler is a proprietary Nicaraguan and Dominican ligeros covered by a double binder of Nicaraguan and Mexican tobacco, and topped off with a triple cap.The toro sized cigar was well packed and firm from head to foot.
FIRST THIRD; After ignition of this hefty toro I was greeted with strong notes of ceder and damp earth.There was also a heavy overtone of spice and flavors were among the sharpest ive experienced in recent memory. The triple cap clipped cleanly and the draw was full and easy,producing quickly those plumes of heavy smoke that enthusiasts like.given this is a la Gloria cubana;this doesn’t surprise me.
SECOND THIRD; The sharp ceder taste gave way to a more floral undertone with damp earth and peat competing back and forth.that sweet tobacco taste and floral tones came in sharp.The ash was dark and banded and the draw and light stayed consistent.
LAST THIRD; rounding it in towords home the flavors ramped up to a full taste of ceder and sweet tobacco as the bodie itself moved from medium/full to full on.Once again the most striking sensation was just how sharp the flavors were as I perceived them on my palate. Giannini and the guys at la gloria cubana have done Ernesto’s legacy justice.
THE FINISH; This blend is a bargain at around 7.00 a stick; less if you go in for a box(around 5.00). This blend had been worked on for a few years until it was perfected.They have carried on E.P. carillos’ work splendidly and I suggest you kick the tires on this one and take it for a whirl. This addition to the la Gloria cubana line will become an old friend. ALL THE BEST-SMOKINJOE.