La Gloria Cubana Artesanos Retro Especiale – Cigar Review

La Gloria Cubana Artesanos Retro Expecial 6×47 Review.  Wow, that name is a mouthful!  Hopefully the cigar lives up to the tremendous name.
The tan wrapper is surprisingly toothy looking and with a couple of medium veins.
There are a couple spots that are harder than others, but it is mostly evenly packed.  It has a very light and airy draw after being cut.
It has a slightly sweet and floral tobacco smell.  Before lighting it tastes great, toasty and earthy pre-light.

Time to light it up.  The mild bodied first third is very earthy and cedary with some cream flavor and a bold spicy finish.  Dark gray and black ash does not hold on for long, but the burn is even so far.  This cigar produces a lot of smoke for a smaller ring gauge!
The second third is still mild bodied with primarily the same flavor profile, I do sense some hazelnut from time to time.  The spicy finish is a crucial element of this cigar, it would have a somewhat understated flavor profile otherwise.  Very well balanced.
The final third has very buttery smoke that is toasty and creamy tasting.  I also tasted some raisin from time to time.  It retains the spicy finish, and the spice increases as you near the nub of the cigar.  Great burn line all the way through this cigar.  It finishes still only in the mild/medium range.

The Retro Especiale is a serious departure from the rest of the LGC line of cigars.  Most LGCs are medium to full bodied with a complex flavor profile.  This particular cigar is not as complex and falls into the mild category.  What it lacks in complexity, it makes up for it with good construction and consistency.  I think this is a decent cigar, but does not seem to fit into La Gloria Cubana’s lineup.  Consider yourself warned, this is a mild bodied and low strength cigar with a straightforward flavor profile.  If that is what you are looking for, you are going to like it!
Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Construction: 10/10
Wrapper: 4/5
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Total: 43/50

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