Review of La Gloria Cubana Spanish Press Cigars
By: Gary Manelski
La Gloria Cubana Spanish Press cigars are made with a blend of Dominican, Nicaraguan and Brazilian filler tobaccos, Mexican San Andreas binders, and Nicaraguan wrappers from Jalapa. After being rolled, the cigars are first placed into wooded trays with dividers and pressed into a square shape, then they are put into specially sized boxes to maintain their shape. These cigars are available in three vitolas, including a Robusto (5½ x 50) that was sampled for this review, priced at $6.29 per stick. For more information about these cigars, please refer to the press release.
The La Gloria Cubana Spanish Press Robusto began with a very obvious sweet peppery flavor. After a few puffs, the pepper started to back off while the sweetness gradually diminished. A leather flavor then became predominate, along with some lingering sweetness and hints of spice. The smoke was medium-to-full bodied and the cigar had an excellent draw. I really enjoyed the first 15 to 20 minutes of this cigar, but then the leathery taste became stronger with less sweetness and spice thereafter. Although the cigar ramped up a bit during the second half, it still remained in the medium-to-full range.
The LGC Spanish Press Robusto held a medium-to-long ash, but didn't always burn evenly. A couple of touch-ups and relights were required during the 55 minutes that it took me to smoke down to two inches remaining.
The sample La Gloria Cubana Spanish Press Robusto was a decent smoke, and a good value in today's market at only $6.29 per cigar. Although very enjoyable at first, overall I rate it with a respectable 3.5 points on a 5-point scale. I enjoy box pressed cigars for the feel, performance, and appearance, and this LGC Spanish Press really provides an excellent draw which delivers a generous volume of smoke.
Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.