La Gloria Cubana Serie R Maduro – Cigar Review

Up for review is the La Gloria Cubana Serie R Maduro cigar.  They’re billed as a bold cigar wrapped in Nicaraguan tobacco.  It has a mottled and veiny wrapper leaf with a good draw after cutting.  After lighting it up, it starts off with a bold and rich mix of earth, leather, coffee flavors.  There is also a faint sweet flavor, but overall that earthy flavor dominates for the length of the smoke.  The vitola is so large that tar tends to build on the head, we liked the flavor much better after clipping the tarred-up tobacco off the end every 15 minutes or so.  Overall, this one had potential with some tasty flavors, but in the end the less enjoyable earthy flavor dominated.  Additionally, this massive vitola is a detriment to the experience.  Worth a try, but there are better LGC cigars out there.

StraightUpCigars – Matt: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 16/20
Construction: 10/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
Total: 42/50

Terry1: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 15/20
Construction: 9/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
Total: 40/50

7:40 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Veiny chocolate-covered wrapper. Draw is a bit loose, but not bad.
7:43 PM
Terry1: My draw is good with a cedar flavor to it. Mottled veiny wrapper. Has that nice barnyard aroma to it. I’m ready to try this cigar.
7:44 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Me too, lighting up
7:48 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Very rich leathery and earthy flavor up front with a bit of bitterness.
7:49 PM
Terry1: Cigar starts off with rich, dark flavors: earth, coffee, leather. There’s a hint of sweetness way in the background.
7:51 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Hopefully that sweetness takes over.
7:53 PM
Terry1: I agree. It really needs some sweetness for some balance. Cigar is smoking well, even burn and plenty of smoke.
7:56 PM
IamDarren: Hey fellas, just got in from spraying. What are you smoking tonight?
7:56 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: LGC Serie R Maduro
7:57 PM
IamDarren: Nice! Well im going to eat some supper. Sorry i didn’t make it on time. Last few weeks have been hectic.
7:58 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: No worries, hope you have a good night.
7:59 PM
Terry1: About an inch in and I’m getting an interesting transition. More sweetness is coming through with a pleasant and unusual spice. I’m liking the aroma but there is a drying tannic note that is making me thirsty.
8:03 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Mine reminds me of a cup of black coffee with some sugar – a hint of sweetness in there but mostly rich earthy flavor. The smoke really covers your palate and lingers.
8:11 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: The smaller band popped right off. Will remove the larger one in a second.
8:12 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Construction has been great, good smoke production and an even burn/
8:15 PM
Terry1: This cigar is a tale of two experiences for me. I’m really liking the aroma. It still has that unusual spice to it. I can’t think of anything to compare it to but I like it. Then there is what I’m actually tasting and it’s earth soaked with bitter black coffee. Coating the palate is spot on. Drinking water helps dilute it.
8:16 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Agreed, I’m about to pour my 3rd glass of water.
8:17 PM
Terry1: Yeah I’m expecting a bathroom break before we finish the review!
8:18 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Lol, for sure
8:18 PM
Terry1: Bands came off easily.
8:22 PM
Terry1: Draw is tightening up and I’ve got some tar developing. Not a good combo.
8:23 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: It never really mellowed like I thought it would, it’s stayed in that full bodied realm the whole time. I think I might enjoy this one with a stronger drink like some whiskey or a coffee. It doesn’t work well on a water night.
8:33 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: The tar buildup is a bit pf a problem right now. I think the only remedy will be to clip some off the end.
8:34 PM
Terry1: I’ve clipped mine and used a poker. Got a decent draw now. I’m hoping it stays that way. Not confident I can get away with doing that again without damaging the cigar,
8:35 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Wow, what a much cleaner and tastier cigar after doing that. I think this one is a victim of it’s huge vitola.
8:35 PM
Terry1: I agree. A robusto would be better.
8:37 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: So far I’m just somewhat indifferent towards this one. It definitely doesn’t have the greatest flavor profile, but it’s pretty enjoyable.
8:44 PM
Terry1: I’m really mixed on this one. The earth and coffee have dominated, really overpowering anything else the cigar has to offer. But it does have a pleasant spicy aroma. I’m getting close to the end.
8:45 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I am too. When I went inside for more water Susie told me that I stink, so that smoke must linger
8:47 PM
Terry1: Great, my wife will tell me the same. I’ll have to keep my distance tonight. I’ll bet our breath would peel paint off the wall.
8:47 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Ha! Yeah, I bet you’re right. I’ll be brushing my teeth right after this. Rating coming.
8:51 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: There was just no one factor that was great about this cigar, but it was decent. I’d smoke another.
8:52 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I did like the Serie N better than this, but that was one of the “dyed” sticks that leaves your lips black.
8:52 PM
Terry1: Like I said, I had mixed results with this cigar. It did have some enjoyable flavors but the earth and coffee overwhelmed the experience for me. If you like earthy cigar then this one is for you. Surprised I didn’t get strong with the nicotine. I’d grade it a solid medium. Glad to have tried it and yeah it was better than the Esteli version.