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 Post subject: Man, this place is dead! La Gloria Cubana Rabito de Cochino
PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 4:14 pm 
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Size: 6.5 x 46
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua and the DR
Smoking time: 1 hour+
MSRP: $70 for a box of 24
Age: 2 months + 2 nights of dry-boxing

I put down all La Gloria Cubana brands ~5 years ago on account of a lot of construction issues (specifically with the core line and the Serie R). After hearing how good these suckers were, however, I had to buy a couple of coffins to try them out. The vitola is somwhere between a corona gorda and lancero, though they are billed as a lancero, and features a pigtail cap and uncut foot. Feel is firm without any voids.

BTW, a box of these is packaged rather gaudily. The box is big and intrusive and oddly set to display 8 coffins of 3 cigars each. While being designed to pop out at you in the store, I wish I could buy a simple cabinet or dress box for stocking the humidor.

Burn/Construction: I've had some problems here with a tight roll making the first 1/3 hard to get a good draw on and numerous wrapper cracks/unrolling down the halfway point. The one smoked for this review had no draw problems and the wrapper issues were minor enough to not need any corrections. The ash falls frequently, but the burn stays true if you're not dealing with any major wrapper issues.

1st Third: Out of the gate with lots of pepper, abundant herbal and floral notes, some wood, cinnamon spice, and a slight sweetness and creaminess. The aroma is a rich earthy, floral bit that is quite heady. Body is medium , flavor is medium, and there is a decent dose of nicotine. A great opening that already is reminiscent of the Cuban LGC brand.

2nd Third: The pepper subsides along with the herbal and floral notes, and a wonderful coffee and cream emerges that reminded me a lot of the Chateau Fuente Sungrown line. A modest earthiness arises in the background and there is only a faint hint of sweetness. The aroma is still the familiar earth and floral note. Body remains at medium/full for the remainder of the smoke, flavor has amped up some (though is by no means a solid full) and the nicotine is still popping. Overall, this is the definition of Cubanesque!

3rd Third: This third starts with a change again as the pepper returns, and the coffee note is slowly replaced with a bean/vegetal note akin to, yes, some popular Cuban cigar brands. There is a light honey note accompanied by a delightful musty note, and the earthiness has amped up slightly. To the end, this cigar is every bit as good as a Cuban LGC at a far better price!

Verdict: Along with the HDM Excalibur line, this is the only other non-Cuban I can think of that comes close to matching the flavor, strength, and body of its Cuban counterpart (Avoid the Partagas if you're expecting something special!). Poor construction is a major peeve of mine, regardless of price, and these cigars have frustrated me some in this respect. Still, these cigars may be Cubanesque in the way that they need some age (and possible dry-boxing) and if the rest of the box smoked like this one, I'd be hooked! I think some of the draw issues could be resolved by increasing the ring gauge a few points.

Liked it: If these were more consistent in terms of construction, I'd love them!

Recommend it: With reservations on account of some construction issues. I typically don't favor the General Cigars/Cigar World brands (with the exception of the HDM Excalibur maduros), but this shows promise. Will aging remove the wrapper/draw issues? That'd be great!

Buy them again: Let me finish the box and I'll let you know!


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 Post subject: Re: Man, this place is dead! La Gloria Cubana Rabito de Coch
PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:10 pm 
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You're right about this site being dead. I was away from it for a long time and just knew that I had a lot of catching up to do but nope......no activity. sad.

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 Post subject: Re: Man, this place is dead! La Gloria Cubana Rabito de Coch
PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 4:12 pm 
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Yeah, I've been posting some of the better sticks I've smoked lately, but it's pretty much all about me, now. I guess everybody quit smoking? Maybe we need to splash up some porn pix or something to get everybody's interest drawn in again.


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