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La Gloria Cubana Esteli Cigar Review.

La Gloria Cubana Esteli.

La Gloria Cubana Esteli takes the brand on a flight of exploration to Central America.

A modern, fuller-bodied take on the classic La Gloria smoking experience, La Gloria Cubana Esteli represents the best of Central American tobaccos and deepens the profile of the brand’s original “white box” blend.

Steve Abbot, senior brand manager for La Gloria Cubana said, “We named this collection in honor of the artisans of our factory in Esteli who did a fantastic job creating the blend and bringing a deeper taste profile to the La Gloria portfolio. We’re confident that fans of La Gloria Cubana will enjoy the modern flavor of ‘Esteli’ and recognize the spirit of Nicaragua in this exciting new collection.”

Distinctive and savory with the characteristic spice that’s prevalent throughout the La Gloria portfolio, La Gloria Cubana Esteli begins with a bold, dark wrapper from Nicaragua’s Jalapa Valley, a leaf that imparts the lion’s share of flavor to the blend and sets the stage for a multi-dimensional taste experience.

A rich blend maximizes the wrapper, as Honduran Jamastran and La Entrada fillers and a Jamastran binder come together to deliver a complex smoke with notes of cedar, spice and white pepper. This is a medium-to-full-bodied smoke that burns to a stark white ash.

Appearance :

The cigar is covered with a dark-brown oily wrapper.  There is a smell of dry fruits and creaminess with spice, and earthy notes.

Journey Profile:

1st Third:

Once lit you quickly notice black pepper.  The dry fruit from the from the pre-light along with some earthiness.  Hints of some roasted nuts and some sweetness.  A very smooth draw with some spice through the nose and on the palate.


2nd Third:

There’s a light creaminess with a hint of toast, burn wood.  Already full flavor with plenty of pepper on the finish.  Spice consistently continued and increased thru the nose.  Good amount of cedar and pleasant tobacco notes ending the 2nd third.


Final 3rd:

Rich flavor and aroma with nuts and wood with spice lingering through the nose and on my palate.  Full body and a good medium-full strength.  Some minor touch ups required but mostly even burn that’s producing a short and flaky gray ash.

Final Thoughts:

Overall a gradual build in body medium-full with a lingering peppery spicy finish.  Well balanced and manageable with bold characters.  Rich aroma to the smoke with a slow and steady burn.  A creaminess on the palate and an underlying earthiness.  Excellent construction with rich tobacco tones that offered nice flavors.


Myron Gooch Sr.


Wrapper: Nicaragua.

Binder: Honduras Jamastran Valley.

Filler: Honduras Jamastran Valley & La Estrada.

Size: 41/2” x 54.

Rating: 88



About General Cigar Company

General Cigar Co. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of handcrafted cigars for the premium market in the US. The company is owned by Scandinavian Tobacco Group.

Committed to delivering cigars of the finest quality, General Cigar’s skilled artisans produce Macanudo®, Cohiba®, La Gloria Cubana®, Partagas®, CAO®, Punch®, Hoyo de Monterrey®, Excalibur® and several other leading premium brands in the company’s Dominican, Honduran and Nicaraguan factories. In addition, the company cultivates proprietary tobacco which is used exclusively in its blends and has a dedicated R&D practice that develops new varieties of tobacco and revitalizes vintage seeds. Based in Richmond, VA, General Cigar sells through wholesalers and retailers in the US. General Cigar also operates Club Macanudo®, a cigar bar in New York City.

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