4 7/8 x 52
Wrapper: CT Broadleaf
Filler: Nicaragua and Dominican
The La Gloria Cubana brand has been around for a long time. (The original Cuban brand was established in 1885.) Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, Sr. began making cigars in Cuba in 1948. Like so many other great cigar makers, he had to leave Cuba in the late fifties. He settled in Miami, owned a bar for a while, worked for other cigar makers, and finally bought El Credito cigar factory in 1968. The company's first long-filler cigar was El Rico Habano, a brand which has since been revived.
Perez-Carrillo's son, an aspiring jazz musician, took over the business at the last minute as his father was about to sell the company. Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, Jr. then began work on La Gloria Cubana. He changed the box lithography and cigar band to closely resemble the original Cuban brand's artwork, and modeled a new blend on the Cuban Davidoff of 1982. (I think this was the original Cohiba blend distributed by Davidoff, before Cubatabaco put the Cohiba brand directly on the market in 1983.)
In 1996 the El Credito factory moved to the Dominican Republic, though some LGCs are still made in Miami. By the late 90's Perez-Carrillo Jr. began developing another line of La Gloria Cubana with a heavier body. The line he came up with became the Serie R — R for robusto, since they all have large ring gauges.
The Serie R maduros I've sampled are indeed rich, hearty cigars. I was prepared to be blown away, but was pleasantly surprised by their smoothness. There is a solid woody element with a touch of sweetness on the nose. The construction and burn were perfect, which is not an easy feat with a maduro wrapper as luscious as this one. For some reason Connecticut broadleaf fermented to this hue with all its oils does not want to burn as readily as the rest of the cigar, but in this case that proved to not be true.
Slow down at the midway point to avoid a tarry aftertaste. This one does not want to be rushed. A great 30 to 45 minute smoke, and in my opinion the best LGC yet.