May 15, 2013 (Richmond, Va.) — La Gloria Cubana® is making a bold departure from its Dominican roots with the launch of two new Nicaraguan collections, the first-ever La Glorias to have Nicaragua as the country of origin. Both expressions will mark the expansion of the top-selling Serie R line which started the large ring, full flavor craze back in 1999.
According to Michael Giannini, General Cigar’s director of innovation, “When Serie R debuted, we established a market for bold cigars, and inspired other manufacturers to follow suit. We’re shaking things up again, by further expanding the size and flavor spectrum of our cigars with two unique and different full-flavored Nicaraguan blends, each in ultra-large ring gauges. Both new collections are trend setters in the making.”
Brand: La Aroma De Cuba via Ashton
Wrapper: San Andres
Strength: Medium -Full
Size: Belicoso 5.50 x 54
While reading up on this beauty, I noticed that the La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor, was the No. 2 cigar in the world as ranked by Cigar Aficionado magazine in 2011. This was a must smoke in my opinion. The initial smell is very pleasant, sweet with a hint spice. The wrapper on this cigar looks like it was dipped in cocoa powder, it is so smooth that I can barely see any veins. The band has a Victorian era feel to it. There is a vignette of a port city and a maiden in the middle. The second band says “Mi Amor”. Overall presentation is classic and welcomes the smoker to enjoy.
Brand: Drew Estate
Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan
Strength: Medium – Full
Size: Toro 6.0 x 52
Right on Drew Estates site it states; “This cigar was originally crafted not for resale, but for our own personal humidors.” You know its gotta be good then. I have heard so much about the Liga Privada line that I had to try it. I picked this up yesterday @foxcigars store locally. The smell of this cigar is amazing, a nice sweet aroma. The wrapper is gorgeous as well, dark and silky, extremely inviting. The Oscuro wrapper is the darkest Connecticut you can get without it being a maduro. When you first look at it you can tell you will be in for a good smoke. The band has a very industrial feel to it, which is a nice departure from the normal flashy bands you see on some cigars. On the other side is the lion sigil, which is bad ass. Overall presentation is fantastic, it is inviting me to smoke and enjoy.
Brand: Cuenca y Blanco (CyB)
Wrapper: Habano (Ecuadorian)
Binder: Piloto Cubanao (Dominican Republic)
Filler: Nicaragua, Peru
Strength: Medium – Full
Size: Robusto Deluxe 5.25×50
Initial smell of the cigar is a sweet tobacco. A nice rich leathery look with very defined veins on the wrapper. The band is great on this stick. It is not overpowering the cigar and the color choices are fantastic. It reminds me of a luchador’s mask, like the movie Nacho Libre. Very playful and inviting.
Being a new cigar smoker the humidor is the cigar accessory that I had read most about. There is so much mysticism around the methods that are best. A low 62% humidity gives the cigar a more European taste (dry), where as a 68-72% seems to be what most prefer to keep the cigar just right. Any higher like 75% and the cigar could become too moist. The debate on these humidity levels rage on. I prefer the 70% range, right in the middle. To me this leaves the cigar a tad plush and not to dry.