Cigar Reviews

General Cigar Co. – La Gloria Cubana Serie R Esteli Maduro

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It is hard to believe it has been nearly three and a half years since I reviewed the original La Gloria Cubana Serie R Esteli. A cigar that I really enjoyed at the time, but never really went back to visit. But even so, I have to say that I am pretty excited to light up the new Serie R Esteli Maduro. And my expectations are just as high as my excitement.

La Gloria Cubana Serie R Esteli Maduro

At the 2013 IPCPR Trade Show, General Cigar Co. expanded the La Gloria Cubana brand with the addition of the Serie R Esteli and Serie R Black. The former being exclusive to brick and mortars, while the latter can be found through major online retailers. Fast forwarding several years to the 2016 Trade Show, General Cigar added in a maduro version to both the Esteli and Black lines. The Esteli Maduro switched out the Nicaraguan Jalapa wrapper for a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro, which happens to be one of my favorite wrappers out there. Like the original Serie R Esteli, the Maduro version comes available in three vitolas:  No. 54 (6 by 54), No 60 (6 by 60), and No. 64 (6 ¼ by 64).

La Gloria Cubana Serie R Esteli Maduro

THE FACTS

Price: $6.99
Vitola: No. 54
Size: 6 by 54
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Smoke Time: 1 Hour and 30 Minutes

PRE-LIGHT

The Serie R Esteli Maduro is dressed in a dark brown Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper that has its fair share character. There are several medium-sized veins that are raised off the leaf and a good amount of bumps. However, with the oils on the leaf, the wrapper feels much smoother than it appears.

La Gloria Cubana Serie R Esteli Maduro

A pungent aroma of vinegar and earth greet me as I bring the wrapper to my nose. On the foot, the aroma is somewhat rich with a combination of cedar and a natural tobacco sweetness. The double cap is not pretty with its crooked lines, but gets the job done like most caps do. Upon cutting, a cold draw reveals more of that rich cedar, cinnamon-like spice and sweeteness. There is a spice warmth in the mouth, but it is rather mild on the dry draw.

La Gloria Cubana Serie R Esteli Maduro

FIRST THIRD

The Serie R Esteli Maduro immediately pumps out medium to full flavors. For the most part, the profile is dark with black coffee and leather being center stage, followed by a yeast flavor and some sweetness. The bitter coffee has an edge on the sweetness. The spice, which began mild, has moved to medium. A white, layered ash is being formed as the cigar burns along with a minor wave.

La Gloria Cubana Serie R Esteli Maduro

MIDDLE THIRD

The yeast flavor has really gained ground, along with the sweetness as I make my way into the second third of the La Gloria Cubana Serie R Esteli Maduro. Even so, the coffee and leather are holding strong. The smoke is heavy and chewy in the mouth as volumes of smoke pour out of the cigar. The coffee sits on the palate for quite sometime after the smoke is released from my mouth.

La Gloria Cubana Serie R Esteli Maduro

FINAL THIRD

The profile is rich with the sweetness now playing the most dominant role, not overshadowing, but rounding out the other flavors. The sweetness is tied to a dark fruit flavor now. The spice is very manageable as I pass the smoke through my sinuses.

La Gloria Cubana Serie R Esteli Maduro

WRAP-UP

It has been so long since I smoked the Serie R Esteli original that it is difficult to compare to the new Maduro. But looking back at my review, there were some similarities. The Serie R Esteli Maduro offered a deeper profile, but maintained much of the same richness and sweetness as its counterpart. The flavors hung in the medium/full realm throughout and the strength gradually increased, ending about medium. The cigar behaved well with excellent smoke production and pleasant-looking ash. For a cigar under $7.00, the La Gloria Cubana Serie R Esteli Maduro is a solid cigar. I would recommend a five-pack of them.

Jeremy Hensley is a bean counter for a non-profit in El Paso, Texas. He is married to the most understanding wife (he still can’t figure out how she puts up with his cigar smoking hobby), and blessed with two beautiful children. When he is not acting like a kid, he enjoys everything outdoors, especially fishing with his dad in the Great Lakes. Also, he meets the criteria of being a Casa Fumando reviewer: being a hockey fan. Feel free to contact Jeremy anytime via email (jmhensley13[at]gmail[dot]com). And make sure to follow him on twitter http://twitter.com/pdn_jdog

2 Comments

  1. Craig Vanderslice

    February 17, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    I lean towards Maduro typically, but I really like both iterations of the Serie R Esteli about equally, and they are on my list of cigars I go to when I just want to enjoy a smoke without thinking about it too much. As far as Esteli vs. Black, I thought the natural Black was a bit flat, but the Maduro is on a par with the Esteli Maduro.

    • Jeremy Hensley

      February 19, 2017 at 6:32 pm

      Craig, thanks for making it over to our neck of the woods! Hope all is well. Going to fire up the Black Maduro this week so see how it stacks up against the Esteli Maddy. I’ll let you know my thoughts. Several shops I frequent when I travel to El Paso carry the Serie R line, but I don’t think anyone of them carry the Esteli. It is definitely a cigar I would pick up every now and then if they carried it.

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