Cigar Review: La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Miami
The La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Miami managed to slip by under the radar. A few weeks ago, my friend “jitzy” asked me if I tried one and I referred to the original. He quickly pointed out to me there was a new blend and he gifted me one to review. While the La Gloria has a loyal following it is a cigar that I never really embraced. Let’s see how this one is…
Cigar: La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Miami
Origin: Miami, Fl
Size: 5 1/2 x 52 (Sabrosos)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Binder: Ecuador Sumatra
Appearance & Construction (18/20): The band for some reason stuck out to me, the gorgeous red colors with gold accents was a really nice look. The cigar has a triple cap which seams to be more common these days and I welcome it. It was a little bit loosely packed at the foot, and the cigar lacked weight to it but the wrapper itself was flawless and glistening with oils.
Flavor & Notes (27/30): There was a sweetness to the cigar on the pre-light that I likened to raisins. I got these notes on both the foot and the draw. The cigar seemed to have a couple of months age on it. I point this out because a cigar with age on it is easier to review as the notes become more defined over time. The cigar started out with some hot pepper notes that were very strong for a bit, and some wood. Thankfully, as we reached the halfway point, the hot pepper faded and notes of wood and cinnamon remained. The cigar finished with some wood and coffee notes. Other than the pepper in the beginning, none of the notes were in your face, but were a nice subtle background to the relaxation the cigar provided.
Burn/Ash/Draw (21/25): The cigar had a burn line that was wavy although it was never in danger of becoming an issue. The draw was a bit too loose for my liking. The ash was flaky and a medium gray color. The flakiness made it difficult to keep the ash for long periods of time.
Overall (21/25): If the 2nd half of this cigar was the whole cigar it would have scored better for me. I might revisit this one again though in the future as it was not a bad smoke. The price point of 8.00 a smoke however is a bit high for this cigar that is very subtle and lacks anything memorable good or bad.