La Gloria Cubana Trunk Show Twenty Twelve Liga LR-1 – Cigar Review

The La Gloria Cubana Trunk Show Twenty Twelve Liga LR-1 is one of two cigars with a smokeable band that were released at the 2012 IPCPR in Orlando, Florida. The other was the La Gloria Cubana Trunk Show 2012 Liga YG-23 which I reviewed here. Both of the “Trunk Show” releases were in a single vitola and limited to a small number of boxes (500 26- count boxes for both lines). The tobaccos for the Liga LR-1 line were aged for between 8 to 10 years according to General Cigar Co’s press release (check it out here). Today I am reviewing the LR-1 line, which is a 7 x 52 Habano Connecticut Fino wrapped beauty.

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Size: 7 x 52
Wrapper: Habano Connecticut Fino
Binder: Nicaraguan Double Binder
Filler: Nicaraguan
Strength: Medium to Full
Body: Full
Flavor: Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 2

Construction and Appearance: The LGC Trunk Show Liga LR-1 has a single band which is made of tobacco. The tobacco used for the band is much darker than the wrapper of the LGC Trunk Show Liga LR-1, and creates a silhouette of the La Gloria Cubana band.

The wrapper of the LGC Trunk Show Liga LR-1 is a light golden brown with quite a few veins, and a nice rich oil to it. It is silky smooth to the touch, and the seams are a bit noticeable, but the cap is nice and tight.

Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the LGC Trunk Show Liga LR-1 has notes of grass, nuts, and a little cream. The foot has the scent of hay, earth, spice, and a little bit of wood. To prepare smoking the LGC Trunk Show Liga LR-1 I go with a straight cut and on the cold draw there are flavors of cedar, grass, nuts, spices, and hay.

Smoking Characteristics: The LGC Trunk Show Liga LR-1 kicks off with a mix of cream, nuts, wood, grass, spice, and a little bit of pepper which lingers on the palate in-between draws. The draw is excellent, easily providing a full body of cool, thick, creamy, rich, slightly sweet smoke. After the first eighth of an inch or so the cream becomes a little sweeter, but the pepper still remains on the back end of each draw. The strength in the first third is in the medium to full range, which is honestly a bit more than I expected from this cigar.

Into the second third of the LGC Trunk Show Liga LR-1 the spice starts to become a bit more present, it and the pepper offer a wonderful contrast to the rest of the blend of flavors. The sweet cream, nuts, cedar, and grass all remain in the flavor profile. The strength remains in the medium to full range, with a nice buzz starting to set in during this third. The ash holds firmly well past the inch point, and the burn is quite sharp, requiring no corrections thus far.

During the final third of the LGC Trunk Show Liga LR-1 the spice continues to really dominate the flavor profile. In this third the pepper has faded quite a bit, but still lingers on the palate between draws. The notes of nuts, sweet cream, cedar, and grass all remain in the blend. In terms of strength in this third the LGC Trunk Show Liga LR-1 is almost pushing into the full range, it is stretching the absolute limits of what I consider to be medium to full. The ash continues to hold firmly past the inch point, but the burn requires a little bit of a touch up in this third. The LGC Trunk Show Liga LR-1 smokes cool to the nub, becoming a little soft towards the end, but not losing any of it’s flavor.

Conclusion: Compared to the YG-23 this band isn’t nearly as impressive looking, and doesn’t seem to transition to the ash nearly as well. In terms of being a quality cigar I liked the LR-1 better, I found the flavor to be a bit more rounded, and offer a bit more depth than the YG-23 did. I was a bit surprised by how much of a powerhouse this stick ended up being, so I wouldn’t go recommending this to just any smoker, but I know I certainly will be picking up a few more.

Rating: 89

MSRP: $8.99