Smoke Blog: La Gloria Cubana

I’d never heard of La Gloria Cubana before I received this robusto in a set, but I’m always willing to try something new. This particular cigar had a rich, brown wrapper and a sturdy feel. A hint of spice came off the cap when I lit up. My first impression was good.

That didn’t last long. It took some doing to light this cigar, and that spicy flavor intensified and stabbed at the tip of my tongue for a minute or two. Next it refused to smoke evenly, and insisted on canoeing after a few attempts at solving the problem with the lighter.

I was just about to chuck it in the fire pit when it mellowed. Halfway through, the burn evened itself out and the bitter spice went away. Despite the canoeing early on, the ash clung on at an awkward angle for nearly half the smoke before a wind gust knocked it off.

The cigar was much better from there on, and I smoked it down to my fingers. It seems strange to me that the characteristics could take a 180-degree turn halfway through, but that’s exactly what this La Gloria Cubana did. I’m wondering if the tip dried out for whatever reason, or if it was just a bum smoke. I did struggle with my humidor over the winter, but it’s been fine for weeks now, at least a month or so.

If I can find some reviews saying they’re typically as good as the second half of the smoke, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy a few more. Until then, I’ll continue to stick with my Reserva Reals.

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Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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  1. Gloriia’s are one of my favorites. I’ve smoked a ton of them, and have never had a weird burn like this. Must have been a weird roll, or something was up with the binder.

    You might try a bundle of El Credito, the seconds for Glorias. They’re just as fantastic, but you can try different sizes at a much lower price.


  2. Oooh, forgot to add that you want the BANDED El Credito. (I think Mike’s has them.) The unbanded one are either trainer cigars, or a different blend. I think Holt’s is the one carrying the different blend ones.

    Also, maybe avoid the Super Habanero and Fumas cause they’re short filler.


  3. Mike says:

    Thanks for the recommendations, Mike! I’ll try to remember them.

    Given the way it burned, something was definitely wrong with part of the cigar. If I remember right I bought this at a local cigar shop and it was part of a mix-n-match package. I found out later that their humidors were not holding the proper temp/humidity mix, so that probably contributed, too.