The reason I’m a fan of La Gloria Cubana cigars is quite simple. They are full bodied and delicious cigars, that are manufactured with an attention to detail. Its hard to find a cigar manufacturer thats consistent with quality, but the folks at this company have that down to a science,. There have been a few of their cigars that I haven’t loved, which is rare, but there are none that I’ve truly hated. Most cigar companies have a stick or two that you want to avoid at all costs, even if it was free. Not La Gloria Cubana, which has surprised me with their R4 Series in the 5×50 size. This robusto packs a punch, and while you usually expect one of these smokes to put you in your chair, you don’t expect it to keep you there for awhile.
The R4 is La Gloria Cubana’s double ligero Nicaraguan tobacco treat, and it delivers pure power, without any harshness. This is in many ways similar to offerings from Litto Gomez, but these are a little more smooth and refined. These dark cigars are easy to cut with a guillotine device, and the first puff will capture your attention. No matter how much cooling you allow, this won’t be confused with the “medium to full bodied” category at all. Its going straight to “robust, or butt whipping”. This is a good thing, as long as you don’t light it up after breakfast, or with an empty stomach. Its a real man’s cigar, and I can almost imagine Clint Eastwood puffing one of these, during his action movies.
Do you like smoke volume? How about sheer smoke volume that will shock even the most advanced of cigar smokers? Even with cooling, the huge plumes of smoke released through the head amazed me. There’s no need to pull on these, as it seems the cigar does all of the work for you. Its easily lighted in around thirty seconds, burns evenly, and has an initial pepper knockdown that might scare you away. Don’t let it, just try to get through the first few minutes, so you can experienced the refined and tasty double ligero tobaccos. These have notes of dark chocolate, and espresso coffee, and have been thoroughly aged. In a way, they are a fine reminder of the comeback of Nicaraguan tobaccos, which suffered in the 1980’s and 1990’s due to numerous military conflicts.
This cigar is a real beauty as well. The aristocratic look is even more impressive, considering that these are only $5 each. You can get them for even cheaper if you buy them as a “five pack” or by the box, and should be considered one of the best values of any cigar on the market. The long white ash contrasts nicely with the dark wrapper, that holds the filler in tightly, and there are no construction defects on any of these that I’ve smoked. A 5×50 of these will last you a bit longer, due to its strength, and the aftertaste will leave you quickly. However, the experience alone is worthy of that due to its incredible flavors that will challenge your taste buds. Give one a try if an advanced smoker, but beginners be wary. This is one that might just leave you shaking!