"Good flavor, but...."
This used to be one of my favorite smokes. But I do not believe I will be buying anymore of them. The last box was simply unsatisfactory. As I got to the last 3 inches or so, it simply started to fall apart, unravel. So, suffice it to say, I would lose a significant amount of cigar each time. For the money, I would have hoped the cigars would be a bit better is all.
Jeff M in MN January 2, 2002
"La Gloria Big Smokes - Soberano- The BEST!"
Ken Fitzsimmons (email@example.com ), Flemington, NJ, March 3, 2001
La Gloria out does Itself !!
I have been an avid cigar smoker since 1994, when I brought Rush Limbaugh a box of Hoyo De Monterrey Double Coronas from
St. Maarten. I had no idea what I had given Rush as I had not smoked cigars seriously. But, the $ 240 worth of cigars was worth the
opportunity to meet Rush on his TV show.
Shortly after delivering the Hoyo Doubles to Rush, I began my education on Dominican Cigars with the Help of LJ Cigars in North
Plam Beach, FL. I began with Partagas, Macanudo and other popular brands from General and Consolidated Cigar companies.
In 1995 I met an individual in a cigar store in Bermuda and he told me about La Gloria Cubana. I did a favor for this cigar friend and
brought back several boxes of cuban cigars from Bermuda on a coprorate jet I was traveling on. This friend gave me about 10
different La Glorias when I delivered the cubans to his home. I was thrilled to taste these La Glorias. Without a doubt, the BEST
dominican I had smoked to date.
I was traveling to Palm Beach weekly and made it a point to drive round trip to Miami to buy these wonderful cigars on South West
8th Street. I was able to open a private account back then during the shortage and purchased many bundles of La Gloria Churchills,
Corona Gorda, Double Coronas, Soberanos, Charlamagnes, Wavells and Crown Imperials. I bet I have accumulated a pile of boxes
of the La Gloria Line 10 feet high. These fine cigars will hold "their own" against any cuban smoke that I bring home on a regular
basis. The quality of construction, color, shape, draw, flavor is sec ond to none. I have personally felt that the more experienced
rollers were located in Miami verss the newest facilty that Ernesto opened in the Dominican. Whenever I have purchased these at
J&R I have looked for the "FL" indication on the box to know that I am getting the Miami grade. I have heard thoughts from others,
but early in the Dominican 16,000 square foot expansion, I believe I was correct in the fact that the better rollers remained on SW
8th St. in Miami. I have drank espresso with several rollers and Ernesto in Miami. What a real nice guy. He used to tell me that he
was so upset to see what some of the retailers were charging for his cigars during the shortage, in some cases $ 18.00 for a torpedo
or Soberano. His goal was to make a quality cigar that people could afford.
Recently, I had the opportunity to smoke a Serie R made in the Dominican by La Gloria. What a wonderful Smoke! Excellent, every
aspect of it. I am sorry that I didn't but all six boxes that Shannon told me that Famous had in stock. Absolutely Wonderful
Cigar and beautifully packaged, deserved of such a well constructed cigar! Whether you smoke a Serie R or any of the La Gloria line,
WILL not be disappointed. A standard of excellence. Ernesto, thanks for setting such quality in the cigar industry these years. A true
Ken Fitzsimmons This review was written about La Gloria Serie R #6
Ken in Flemington, NJ March 8, 2001
"better than it used to be"
la gloria cubana was a classic case of getting too big, too fast. the quality and taste suffered for a number of years after expanding operations to the dominican republic. i quit smoking them for a time because the taste and quality dropped significantly (ernesto doesn't think so, but many of my friends were in agreement with my observation). anyways, i bought a bundle recently and some of the old greatness has been regained. it's rich, full bodied and a beauty to look at.
ken aoki in los angeles October 12, 1999
"Rich, Flavorful smoking experience!"
The Soberano maduro starts falvorful, with rich
creamy flavors and finshes with some nutty, coffee flavors. A solid 2 hour smoke. A great value as well.
Greg Whiton in Longview, Wa. July 24, 1999