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.
A friend of mine gave me one of these on the 4th wow it was the best smoke I ever had in my 20 plus years of smoking I would give it a 90 plus.smoke to the nub before I set it down.00
Ken Fitzsimmons ([email protected] ), 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 fromSt. 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 theopportunity 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 NorthPlam 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 andbrought back several boxes of cuban cigars from Bermuda on a coprorate jet I was traveling on. This friend gave me about 10different La Glorias when I delivered the cubans to his home. I was thrilled to taste these La Glorias. Without a doubt, the BESTdominican 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 West8th 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 boxesof the La Gloria Line 10 feet high. These fine cigars will hold "their own" against any cuban smoke that I bring home on a regularbasis. The quality of construction, color, shape, draw, flavor is sec ond to none. I have personally felt that the more experiencedrollers were located in Miami verss the newest facilty that Ernesto opened in the Dominican. Whenever I have purchased these atJ&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 SW8th 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 hewas so upset to see what some of the retailers were charging for his cigars during the shortage, in some cases $ 18.00 for a torpedoor 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, everyaspect of it. I am sorry that I didn't but all six boxes that Shannon told me that Famous had in stock. Absolutely WonderfulCigar and beautifully packaged, deserved of such a well constructed cigar! Whether you smoke a Serie R or any of the La Gloria line,you WILL not be disappointed. A standard of excellence. Ernesto, thanks for setting such quality in the cigar industry these years. A truestandard bearer. Ken Fitzsimmons This review was written about La Gloria Serie R #6135
The Soberano maduro starts falvorful, with richcreamy flavors and finshes with some nutty, coffee flavors. A solid 2 hour smoke. A great value as well.1511
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.215
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.177