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La Gloria Cubana Gloriosos (ER Reino Unido 2008)

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There once was a time in which Habanos S.A. would let distributors receive multiple Edición Regional releases in a single year. That practice came to an end in 2012, which means that 2008 was one of those years where a distributor could get multiple releases.

Five distributors did such a thing, including Hunters & Frankau, the Cuban cigar distributor for the United Kingdom. One of those cigars was the Punch Serie D’Oro No.1 Edición Regional Reino Unido, the other was the La Gloria Cubana Gloriosos.

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The Gloriosos marked the first time that La Gloria Cubana was selected for an Edición Regional release, something that has happened a dozen times since. It was the popular dobles size, a 6 1/10 (155mm) x 50 toro vitola.

Only 2,040 boxes of 10 cigars were made, less than half of the 50,000 cigars that is now required as a minimum for an Edición Regional release.

  • Cigar Reviewed: La Gloria Cubana Gloriosos Edición Regional Reino Unido (2008)
  • Country of Origin: Cuba
  • Factory: n/a
  • Wrapper: Cuba
  • Binder: Cuba
  • Filler: Cuba
  • Length: 6 1/10 Inches
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Vitola: Toro
  • Est. Price: $50 (Box of 10, $500)
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Cigars Released: 2,040 Boxes of 10 Cigars (20,400 Total Cigars)
  • Number of Cigars Smoked For Review: 3

The Gloriosos is not the prettiest cigar with some spotting and fairly large veins, particularly on the sides and back of the cigar. From the wrapper, I get a massive amount of floral aromas with some mud and acidity, around medium-full. The foot has a similarly intense amount of floral flavors though the only thing besides them is some graham cracker. As soon as I take a cold draw my palate is overwhelmed with sweetness—more sugar than floral flavors—far and away the sweetest cold draw I’ve had in quite some time. After a few cold draws, the flavor tastes more like a half consumed Atomic FireBall candy.

It begins with wood, black tea, an underlying sweetness and a bit of dry corn chips, around medium-plus. The Gloriosos settles to a profile of cedar, meatiness, a bit of cinnamon and some anise. It’s fairly spicy, both for a decade-old cigar and also given how aggressively sweet the pre-light flavors were. There are some floral flavors on the retrohale along with taco meat and then a pretty big French bread flavor on the finish. Flavors is medium-full, body is nearly medium-full and strength is medium-plus. One sample has a slightly tight draw, but I make it through the first third without any serious construction issues.

The flavors in the second third of La Gloria Cubana Gloriosos are amongst the most unique I’ve tasted in a while. A fair amount of straw and pumpkin dominate the woody flavors upfront. Cinnamon bounces all over different parts of my tongue with the most popular location being the front of it. Retrohales have white pepper, creaminess, some more pumpkin flavor and some rotten fruit sensation. Flavor and body are both medium-full while strength is medium. Construction is great outside of the one cigar with a poor draw.

There’s some sweet bread, a lot of black pepper and creaminess for the first inch or so of the final third of the Gloriosos. As I get closer to the end, there’s some saltiness coming from both the main flavor and the retrohales. Through the nose there’s some additional herbal flavor and some bread sensation, which comes across like Ritz crackers. The finish has white pepper, some more of the Ritz cracker, a roux-like creaminess and a lot of green pepper. The flavor is full, body is medium-full and strength is medium-plus. Two cigars need touch-ups, though I get through the La Gloria Cubana without any serious construction issues.

Final Notes

  • If the name sounds familiar, that’s probably due to the La Gloria Cubana Glorias, a massive double torpedo that went to Germany in 2015.
  • To my knowledge, this is the only Edición Regional that uses this version of the La Gloria Cubana band, which is the regular La Gloria band. The woman on the newer band is simply white, the colors on the newer bands are brighter and the new one reads “HABANA-CUBA” instead of just “HABANA.”
  • In 2011 the secondary bands for Edición Regionals for the United Kingdom changed from Reino Unido (United Kingdom) to Gran Bretaña (Great Britain.)
  • Given how sweet the cigar was before lighting, I was pretty concerned that it would continue to be a problem once the cigar was lit. That was totally not the case and floral wasn’t even that prominent of a flavor.
  • I believe this is the first time I’ve tasted pumpkin in a cigar.
  • While much better than the last La Gloria Cubana I reviewed, one sample had a pretty poor draw. It wasn’t plugged but it was far below an acceptable range. That inevitably cost the final score a few points.
  • Other than that, construction was great.
  • Cigars for this review were purchased by halfwheel on the second market at roughly $50 per cigar.
  • Final smoking time was two hours and 10 minutes on average.
86 Overall Score

Without smoking the Gloriosos fresh, I can’t really comment on the aging progression. What I can say definitely is that there is plenty more left to give. From the aroma off the cigar before being lit to the final third, it’s quite clear that after over a decade there is a lot of life left in the Gloriosos. Unfortunately, the flavors don't add up to the most complex of profiles. At times it’s tough to separate the flavors from one another and even when I can, it’s easy to describe this as a lot of bread and pepper. The good news is, I have a few more left and look forward to revisiting this cigar again around its 15th birthday.

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Charlie Minato
About the author

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.

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