La Gloria Cubana Serie R Esteli

La Gloria Cubana Serie R Esteli

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Wrapper: Jalapa Sol

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: 6×54

Price: $6.49

Acquired:  Sample courtesy of General Cigar.

First off, I would like to say thank you to the good folks at General Cigar for sending us more samples yet again to review.

The new La Gloria Cubana Serie R Esteli features a dark brown oily wrapper with medium sized veins.  The band is a take off the original La Gloria Cubana band with a different color scheme.  The colors are primarily black and silver with a touch of red.  A secondary foot band also accompanies this cigar.

Flavor wise this cigar opens with some strong wood notes as well as some nice pepper tones.  The pepper from the Nicaraguan binder and filler leaves grows slightly in strength throughout the cigar.  Some pleasant coca notes appear as well about a quarter of the way into this smoke.  Strength wise, I would put this cigar in the strong medium to light full category.

Burn on the La Gloria Cubana Serie R Esteli was excellent.  I have now smoked four of these cigars, and did not require any touch ups, which really says something about the quality to me.  The smoke was full and white and the ash held tight only falling when tapped.

Buy it again?  Sure, it is a great tasting cigar for anyone looking for a stronger cigar.  The flavor profile is very enjoyable and flows well throughout smoking.  Pick one up, give it a try, and let us know what you think.

See the below press release from General cigar for more information on the La Gloria Cubana Serie R Esteli

LA GLORIA CUBANA LAUNCHES ITS FIRST NICARAGUAN CIGARS

IPCPR 2013 — La Gloria Cubana is making a bold departure from its Dominican roots with two Nicaraguan collections, the first-ever La Glorias to have Nicaragua as the country of origin. Both expressions signal the expansion of the top-selling Serie R line which started the large ring, full flavor craze back in 1999.

According to Michael Giannini, General Cigar’s director of innovation, “When Serie R debuted, we established a market for bold cigars, and inspired other manufacturers to follow suit. We’re shaking things up again, by further expanding the size and flavor spectrum of our cigars with two unique and different full-flavored Nicaraguan blends, each in ultra-large ring gauges. Both new collections are trend setters in the making.”

Both new collections were blended around a spectacular Jalapa tobacco, which was cultivated by an independent farmer who raised the tobacco on several small, unconnected plots on the craggy Jalapa mountainside. The laborious process of cultivating this tobacco was well worth the effort, as the tobacco exhibits taste nuances derived from the soil’s high mineral content.

Serie R Esteli

To be sold exclusively through brick and mortar retailers, the Serie R Esteli collection consists of large ring, full-flavored Nicaraguan puros blended with ligeros and visos from multiple plots throughout the country, including those from Jalapa. Serie R Esteli is handcrafted in Nicaragua and exhibits the complexity of optimally-aged Nicaraguan tobacco, through its thick, oily Jalapa Sol wrapper.

 

Serie R Esteli will be available beginning in September, in three sizes, each in 18-count boxes:

No. 64 (6.25” x 64), SRP per cigar is $7.49

No. 60 (6” x 60), SRP per cigar is $6.99

No. 54 (6” x 54), SRP per cigar is $6.49

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